Over a 4-year period, we will develop an instrument, funded by the National Science Foundation through a Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) award, that adopts a hardware-software co-design approach to provide:
- a vehicle for biologists and computer scientists to collaborate and develop new algorithms that are significantly faster and more accurate at a scale essential for handling the data deluge;
- a software framework and tool set for algorithm development that support diverse data, analysis, and visualization;
- a framework for developing accelerators and mapping to heterogeneous computational resources and hierarchical database storage. Promising technologies include emerging die-stacked and nonvolatile memory technologies as well as accelerators (GPUs, FPGAs, APUs).