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To better utilize MIC-enabled computers for NGS data analysis, we developed a new short-read aligner MICA that is optimized in view of MIC’s limitation and the extra parallelism inside each MIC core. Experiments on aligning 150bp paired-end reads show that MICA using one MIC board is ~4.85 times faster than the CPU-(multi-core)-based BWA-MEM and about the same speed as the GPU-based SOAP3-dp. Furthermore, MICA’s simplicity allows very efficient scale-up when multiple MIC boards are used in a node (3 cards gives a 14-fold speedup over 6-core BWA-MEM).
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