Active Motif And Ghent University Announce The Deployment Of TimeLogic Corporation's Hardware-Accelerated Genome Analysis System In The Department Of Plant Biotechnology And Bioinformatics
2/26/2014 8:47:36 AM
Ghent, Belgium and and Carlsbad, CA—February 26, 2014 -- The Multidisciplinary Research Partnership on Bioinformatics “Nucleotides 2 Networks”, at
Ghent University, has implemented TimeLogic’s latest J-Series Field Programmable Gate Array
(FPGA) based DeCypher® system to assist researchers in their efforts to unravel the function of
novel genes and proteins. TimeLogic’s DeCypher systems greatly increase the speed of
sequence comparison by combining custom field programmable gate array (FPGA) based PCIe
accelerator cards with high-performance servers to process optimized implementations of
BLAST, Smith-Waterman, Hidden Markov Model and gene modeling algorithms.
“Our TimeLogic technology has been designed with large scale genome annotation projects in
mind and these systems make a great addition to any compute facility. For example, this
DeCypher® system will run Tera-BLAST, our accelerated BLAST implementation, many
hundreds of times faster than the software-only version and as a result, can take quite a bit of
pressure off your multi-core CPU cluster.” commented Michael Murray, Manager of Sales &
Marketing activities for TimeLogic products at Active Motif. Furthermore, he added, “this
purchase represents the expansion of an existing DeCypher system and we’re very proud of
the fact that Ghent University, like so many of our TimeLogic customers, continues to update
their DeCypher platform with the inclusion of our latest FPGA hardware.”
Prof. Van de Peer from Ghent University added, “Recent (r)evolutions in sequencing
technologies cause an exponential increase in the number of nucleotide and protein sequences
deposited in sequence databases. This is posing serious challenges for even the most basic
bioinformatics analyses such as simple sequence similarity searches through sequence
alignment. To perform these types of analyses we usually rely on large computer clusters.
However, such large computer clusters are not always optimally suited for some of the analyses
we need. In particular for sequence comparisons, the Decypher solution offered by TimeLogic
opens up new possibilities and drastically increases efficiency.”
Prof. Van de Peer continues, “The performance, administrative convenience, and value (cost
per computing unit) of this system makes it an ideal choice for the computational biology
research performed at Ghent University, allowing all UGhent MRP partners to conduct analyses
that would otherwise take too long or even be impossible”.
About the Multidisciplinary Research Partnership on Bioinformatics “Nucleotides
2 Networks” (N2N), at Ghent University.
The Multidisciplinary Research Partnership N2N (from Nucleotides to Networks) can be
considered a Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, established at Ghent
University. Recent evolutions in data-producing technologies have dramatically changed the
way we tackle problems in molecular biology and has created a huge need for highly trained
scientists, with very diverse backgrounds, to collect, store, and analyze these data using
advanced ICT infrastructures and bioinformatics tools. For bioinformatics and systems biology
to be truly successful, computer scientists, physicists, mathematicians, statisticians, engineers,
and molecular biologists need to join forces. These different backgrounds will enable the
scientists to work closely together to (1) deal with the ever-growing amounts of biological data,
(2) serve an ever-demanding community of molecular experimental biologists, bioengineers,
and medical doctors, and (3) to address the bigger questions in biology through integrated
systems biology approaches.
The MRP N2N consists of researchers from 10 different Departments and 6 different Faculties,
totaling to about 100 researchers addressing emerging problems in molecular biology.
For more information on this UGent Partnership please visit www.nucleotides2networks.be.
About Ghent University
With more than 40,000 students and over 8000 staff members, Ghent University is one of the
leading institutions of higher education and research in the Low Countries. Ghent University is
an open, societal committed and pluralistic university with a broad international perspective.
With a view to cooperation in research and scientific service, numerous research groups,
centers and institutes have been founded over the years. Several of them are renowned
worldwide, in various scientific disciplines such as biotechnology, bioinformatics, aquaculture,
microelectronics, history, and so on …
Located in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium and the cultural and economic heart
of Europe, Ghent University is an active partner in national and international educational,
scientific and industrial cooperation.
About Active Motif
TimeLogic, a division of Active Motif, Inc, is the world leader in accelerating genome
annotation tools using Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology. The blend of
powerful FPGA hardware with optimized bioinformatics applications produces a perfect
combination of performance, accuracy and value. These DeCypherTM systems are also simple to use & maintain and scale easily. Utilizing a TimeLogic system reduces pressure on overused
CPU-clusters by off-loading BLAST, Smith-Waterman (SW) and Hidden Markov Model
(HMM) tasks to a highly time and energy efficient solution. From the earliest genome
sequencing projects in the 1990’s to the largest metagenomics projects undertaken to date,
TimeLogic has provided the enabling technology to make this research possible.
Active Motif/TimeLogic operates globally through its corporate headquarters in Carlsbad,
California, European headquarters in La Hulpe, Belgium and Japanese headquarters in Tokyo,
Japan. Active Motif/TimeLogic applies a multi-disciplinary approach to create new and modify
existing technologies to meet the current and future needs of life science researchers.
Find out more by visiting us at www.timelogic.com or contact Michael Murray at
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