Intel wants to examine your DNA

Fashion bag maker Intel is sprucing up supercomputer design so that some top boffins can have half a chance to understand DNA codes.

Chipzilla has signed a deal with imec and five Flemish universities to set up the ExaScience Life Lab on the imec campus in Leuven.

The objective of the collaboration is to come up with new supercomputer ideas that will generate breakthroughs in life sciences and biotechnology.

The supercomputers will be designed to accelerate the processing of entire genome sequences. At the moment an analysis takes approximately 48 hours and the thought is that computer design is falling behind. There will also be an expected explosion of genome data becoming available in the coming years.

According to Intel, the lab will examine the use of computer simulations in the life sciences. Testing hypotheses through computer simulation both cells and tissues instead of through wet-lab testing saves considerable amounts of time and cost associated to lab tests

Intel lab manager Luc Provoost said that Chipzilla has an extensive network of research labs in Europe. Once operational, the ExaScience Life Lab will be our European centre of excellence for high performance computing in the life sciences..

Later the plan is to collaborate with Janssen Pharmaceuticals to build even more powerful DNA supercomputers.