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Supercomputer Changing Genetic Medicine in Africa

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is helping change the way genetic medicine is researched and practiced in Africa. Members of the Blue Waters team recently made it possible to discover genomic variants in over 300 deeply sequenced human samples to help construct a genotyping chip specific for African populations. NCSA's Blue Waters is the largest and most powerful open access supercomputer in the world, and is unique in being housed at an academic institution. It is designed to perform very wide computations involving tens of thousands of nodes and petabytes of distributed memory, as frequently required in physics, manufacturing and meteorology. However, due to its very large, fast storage system, it has also become important for computational genomics. Read more about this effort at

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