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BarraCUDA – a Fast Sequence Mapping Software using Graphics Processing Units

Lam, YHB and Klus, P and Lam, S and Pullan, G and Yeo, GSH BarraCUDA – a Fast Sequence Mapping Software using Graphics Processing Units. In: UKGPU Conference 2011, 2011-12-14 to 2011-12-14, Goodenough College. (Unpublished)

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High-throughput DNA sequencing (HTS) instruments today are capable of generating millions of sequencing reads in a short period of time, and this represents a serious challenge to current bioinformatics pipeline in processing such an enormous amount of data in a fast and economical fashion. Modern graphics cards are powerful processing units that consist of hundreds of scalar processors in parallel in order to handle the rendering of high-definition graphics in real-time. It is this computational capability that we propose to harness in order to accelerate some of the time-consuming steps in analyzing data generated by the HTS instruments. We have developed BarraCUDA, a novel sequence mapping software that utilizes the parallelism of NVIDIA CUDA graphics cards to map sequencing reads to a particular location on a reference genome. While delivering a similar mapping fidelity as other mainstream programs , BarraCUDA is a magnitude faster in mapping throughput compared to its CPU counterparts. The software is also capable of supporting multiple CUDA devices in parallel to further accelerate the mapping throughput. BarraCUDA is designed to take advantage of the parallelism of GPU to accelerate the mapping of millions of sequencing reads generated by HTS instruments. By doing this, we could, at least in part streamline the current bioinformatics pipeline such that the wider scientific community could benefit from the sequencing technology. BarraCUDA is currently available at

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: GPGPU Bioinformatics sequencing analysis
Divisions: Div A > Turbomachinery
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:11
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2018 20:08