DNA sequencing analysis can lead to medical and pharmaceutical breakthroughs, but it requires supercomputing resources and Big Data storage that many researchers lack. Through a grant provided by the National Science Foundation and Microsoft, computer scientists at Virginia Tech developed an on-demand, cloud-computing model using the Microsoft Azure HDInsight Service. Researchers now have easier, cost-effective access to DNA sequencing tools and resources, which could lead to faster advancements in medical research.

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“Life scientists and their institutions no longer have to find millions of dollars to establish their own supercomputing center.” 
Wu Feng: Professor of Computer Science,Virginia Tech

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