NVIDIA will provide a free 90-day license to Parabricks to any researcher in the worldwide effort to fight the novel coronavirus. Based on the well-known Genome Analysis Toolkit, Parabricks uses GPUs to accelerate by as much as 50x the analysis of sequence data.
NVIDIA recognizes this pandemic is evolving, so the company will monitor the situation and extend the offer as needed.
If you have access to NVIDIA GPUs, fill out the form to request a Parabricks license.
For researchers working with Oxford Nanopore long-read data, a repository of GPU-accelerated tools is available on GitHub . In addition, the following applications already have NVIDIA GPU acceleration built in: Medaka, Racon, Raven, Reticulatus, Unicycler.
Researchers are sequencing both the novel coronavirus and the genomes of people afflicted with COVID-19 to understand, among other things, the spread of the disease and who is most affected. But analyzing genomic sequences takes time and computing muscle.
Accelerating science has long been part of NVIDIA's core mission. The Parabricks team joined NVIDIA in December, providing the latest tool for that work. It can reduce the time for variant calling on a whole human genome from days to less than an hour on a single server.
Given the unprecedented spread of the pandemic, getting results in hours versus days could have an extraordinary impact on understanding the virus's evolution and the development of vaccines.
NVIDIA is inviting its family of partners to join the company in matching this urgent effort to assist the research community. NVIDIA is in discussions with Cloud service providers and supercomputing centres to provide compute resources and access to Parabricks on their platforms.
The company will update their website with links to others who can provide Cloud-based access to NVIDIA GPUs and this software as those sources become available.