Nvidia offers GPU-driven genome sequencing tools to COVID-19 researchers free of charge

To help combat the global pandemic of the new coronavirus outbreak, Nvidia today announced that it will provide researchers fighting the spread of COVID-19 with a 90-day Parabricks tool free of charge, with extended support time as needed. As a GPU-driven genome sequencing tool, it uses a graphics processor to accelerate the work that used to take days, but now takes only a few hours to do.

Nvidia offers GPU-driven genome sequencing tools to COVID-19 researchers free of charge

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Although researchers still need a Nvidia GPU to run the Parabricks gene sequencing suite, they don’t have to pay any thing else to run the software during this time.

For new coronavirus researchers and patients, it is clear that the GPU manufacturer is able to proactively lower the access threshold for this cloud service.

In the past few years, although the time of genome sequencing has been significantly reduced, a large amount of computing hardware still needs to be invoked in the process.

At a time when critical and deadly respiratory diseases are spreading rapidly, front-line health care and vaccine researchers are clearly racing against the new coronavirus.

The good news is that Parabricks, which was acquired by Nvidia late last year, has developed a human genome sequencing solution that can sequence entire sequences in about an hour with the help of a single server.