Ultima Genomics, Nvidia collaborate on genome sequencing with AI and accelerated computing

By The Science Advisory Board staff writers

June 8, 2022 -- Ultima Genomics and Nvidia have announced a collaboration that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) across multiple stages of the DNA sequencing and analysis process. The partnership includes the use of Nvidia graphics processing units (GPUs) for deep learning in photometry and base calling and will soon include acceleration of variant calling, according to the companies.

Ultima's instrument harnesses Nvidia A30 GPUs with the Nvidia Clara AI computing platform to provide highly accurate and accelerated primary and secondary analysis for customers who want to run genomic analyses at scale.

Separately, the company has announced partnerships to develop Ultima-specific germline variant calling pipelines for Google's DeepVariant. The custom models can be run within Nvidia Clara Parabricks, which accelerates these and other applications for secondary analysis.

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