New Gene Sequencer to Break $1,000 Cost Barrier With NVIDIA

New Gene Sequencer to Break $1,000 Cost Barrier With NVIDIA Tesla GPU
Ion Proton System From Life Technologies Makes Genome-Scale
Sequencing More Accessible to Scientists and Medical Researchers
SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/31/12 --  NVIDIA(R) Tesla(R)
GPU accelerators are enabling Life Technologies Corporation's new Ion
Proton(TM) System to accelerate primary genome-sequence analysis --
the computation that generates DNA base pairs -- by over 16 times.
This will dramatically reduce the cost to sequence an entire human
genome from about $1 billion a decade ago to $1,000 in the near
"GPU acceleration and other advanced Ion Proton features enable every
laboratory in the world to take advantage of human genome sequencing
quickly and easily, without costly IT investments," said Alan
Williams, vice president of software and engineering in the Ion
Torrent unit at Life Technologies Corporation. "By democratizing
genome sequencing, we expect to see an unprecedented wave of
innovation in life sciences and the advancement of clinical
The Ion Proton System's technology builds on the rapid advances in
increasing throughput, accuracy and read-length achieved with the
Life Technologies Ion Personal Genome Machine(R) (PGM(TM)) Sequencer,
which also uses GPUs to accelerate primary analysis. The Ion PGM
sequencer was the first to decode the deadly 2011 E. coli bacteria
outbreak in Germany because of its exceptional speed. 
Setting new standards for performance, ease of use and affordability,
the Ion Proton System enables researchers to rapidly go from
multiplex sample sequencing to genome-scale sequencing on a single
platform. At one-fifth the cost of light-based genome-scale
sequencing systems, it can save researchers hundreds of thousands of
"GPU acceleration has become pervasive in all aspects of computing
for life science applications and will enable research to push the
envelope of scientific discovery," said Sumit Gupta, general manager
of the Tesla accelerated computing business unit at NVIDIA. "The pace
of research has fundamentally been accelerated by the use of GPUs for
everything from gene sequencers and sequence analysis to molecular
modeling and diagnostic imaging." 
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