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Whether on-premise or in the cloud, Cray is the shortest path from computation to cure.

Whether you’re in big pharma or at a genomics research center, Cray’s leadership in life sciences enables research without boundaries. Our technology — both on-premise and in the cloud — powers innovation in life science fields including medical imaging, molecular dynamics, healthcare analytics, NGS and cybersecurity.

Ready to ramp up your next-generation sequencing workflows? We’ll help you do genomic analysis up to five times faster than with other systems. Cray systems can handle the world's largest molecular dynamics simulations, scaling nearly linearly up to tens of thousands of nodes. And GPU-based architectures like Cray’s CS-Storm system can provide significant performance benefits for medical imaging applications.

Cray gives you more than speed. We simplify time-to-operation by building key analytics software right into our system architecture. You can improve the productivity of your software development team by a factor of three, even as you explore datasets that are three times larger — or more.

Because Cray builds capability systems, you get speed and flexibility with less computational infrastructure than commodity clusters would require. And Cray systems scale hand in hand with your growing workload.

We leverage 40 years of dominance in HPC and supercomputing to build a platform that enables all the core components for precision medicine, with the power to take data scientists from image and sequence analysis to computational modeling; researchers from analysis tools and machine-learning frameworks to big-graph analytics; and clinicians from big data store to connectors, query engines and productivity tools. All while minimizing the impact on your IT environment, and protecting your data and your patients.

Roll up your sleeves. We’ll clear the path.

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Powering NGS Workflows

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Breakthrough Molecular Dynamics Performance at Massive Scale

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View Bioinformatics Applications
Application:Abokia BLAST

AbokiaBLAST is a parallel implementation of NCBI BLAST created by the inventors of the open-source mpiBLAST project. AbokiaBLAST inherits the super-scalable architecture from mpiBLAST but is re-factored and re-engineered to offer production quality. With intelligent task parallelization and I/O optimization, AbokiaBLAST enables users to massively accelerate large-scale BLAST search on clusters or supercomputers with a single command.

Owner:Open Source

ABySS is a de novo, parallel, paired-end sequence assembler designed for short reads. The single-processor version is useful for assembling genomes up to 100 Mbases in size. The parallel version is implemented using MPI and is capable of assembling larger genomes.

Owner:Open Source

ALLPATHS-LG is a short-read assembler that works on both small and large (mammalian size) genomes.

Owner:Open Source

The Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) finds regions of local similarity between sequences. The program compares nucleotide or protein sequences to sequence databases and calculates the statistical significance of matches. BLAST can be used to infer functional and evolutionary relationships between sequences and help identify members of gene families.

Owner:Open Source

Bowtie is an ultrafast, memory-efficient short read aligner. It aligns short DNA sequences (reads) to the human genome at more than 25 million 35bp reads per hour. Bowtie indexes the genome with a Burrows-Wheeler index to keep its memory footprint small: typically about 2.2 GB for the human genome (2.9 GB for paired-end.

Owner:Open Source

BWA is a software package for mapping low-divergent sequences against a large reference genome, such as the human genome. It consists of three algorithms: BWA-backtrack, BWA-SW and BWA-MEM. The first algorithm is designed for Illumina sequence reads up to 100bp, while the other two are for longer sequences ranging from 70bp to 1Mbp.

Owner:Open Source

ClustalW is a general-purpose multiple alignment program for DNA or proteins. ClustalX is a graphical user interface for the ClustalW multiple-sequence alignment program.

Owner:Open Source

De novo short reads assembler

Owner:Open Source

The EULER-SR assembly package contains a suite of programs for correcting errors in short reads and assembling them.

Owner:Open Source

FASTA is a more sensitive derivative of the FASTP program that can be used to search protein or DNA sequence data bases and can compare a protein sequence to a DNA sequence database by translating the DNA database as it is searched. FASTA includes an additional step in the calculation of the initial pairwise similarity score that allows multiple regions of similarity to be joined to increase the score of related sequences.

Owner:Open Source

HMMER is used for searching sequence databases for homologs of protein sequences, and for making protein sequence alignments. It implements methods using probabilistic models called profile hidden Markov models (profile HMMs).

Owner:Open Source

Sequence assembler and sequence mapping for whole genome shotgun and EST/RNASeq sequencing data

Owner:Open Source

MrBayes is a program for Bayesian inference of phylogeny using Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods. MrBayes has a console interface and uses a modified NEXUS format for data and batch files. It handles a wide range of probabilistic models for the evolution of nucleotide and amino acid sequences, restriction sites and standard binary data.

Owner:Open Source

MUMmer is a system for rapidly aligning entire genomes, whether in complete or draft form. 

Application:NCBI BLAST
Owner:Open Source

Genomics/protein analytics, integer/character manipulation intensive, query and database required, shared-memory parallelization


Tool designed for mapping  short reads onto a reference genome from Illumina, Ion Torrent and 454 NGS platforms

Application:Phred Phrap Consed
Owner:Commercial (Univ. Wash.)

Phred is a base calling software with quality estimation; Phrap performs shotgun sequence assembly; and Consed is a sequence assembly editor companion to Phrap. Also available are Swat and CrossMatch, sequence alignment tools; and Phrapview, a graphical tool that provides a "global" view of the Phrap assembly, complementary to the "local" view provided by the Consed.

Owner:Open Source

Parallel genome assemblies for parallel DNA sequencing

Owner:IO Informatics
The Sentient Knowledge Explorer uses the power of semantic technologies to easily integrate data from virtually any source into coherent, unified knowledge bases.
Owner:Open Source

SeqAn is an open-source C++ library of efficient algorithms and data structures for the analysis of sequences with the focus on biological data.

Owner:Open Source

Short-read assembler based on robust contig extension for genome sequencing

Owner:Open Source

SHRiMP is a software package for aligning genomic reads against a target genome. It was primarily developed with the multitudinous short reads of next-generation sequencing machines in mind, as well as Applied Biosystems' colourspace genomic representation.

Owner:Open Source

SOAP provides a full solution to next generation sequencing data analysis. It consists of a new alignment tool (SOAPaligner/soap2), a re-sequencing consensus sequence builder (SOAPsnp), an indel finder (SOAPindel), a structural variation scanner (SOAPsv) and a de novo short reads assembler (SOAPdenovo).

Owner:Open Source

SOAPdenovo is a novel short-read assembly method that can build a de novo draft assembly for human-sized genomes. The program is specially designed to assemble Illumina GA short reads. 

Owner:Open Source

SSAKE is a de novo assembler for short DNA sequence reads. It is designed to help leverage the information from short-sequence reads by assembling them into contigs and scaffolds that can be used to characterize novel sequencing targets.

Owner:Open Source

A novel method for the efficient and robust de novo reconstruction of transcriptomes from RNA-seq data. Trinity combines three independent software modules — Inchworm, Chrysalis and Butterfly — applied sequentially to process large volumes of RNA-seq reads.

Owner:Open Source

VCAKE is a genetic sequence assembler capable of assembling millions of small nucleotide reads even in the presence of sequencing error.

Owner:Open Source

Velvet performs de novo short read assembly using de Bruijn graphs. It can be used for Solexa and 454 sequencing data assembly.

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Owner:Open Source

AutoDock is a suite of automated docking tools that predicts how small molecules, such as substrates or drug candidates, bind to a receptor of known 3-D structure.

Owner:Commercial (UCSF )

DOCK addresses the problem of "docking" molecules to each other. In general, "docking" is the identification of the low-energy binding modes of a small molecule, or ligand, within the active site of a macromolecule, or receptor, whose structure is known. A compound that interacts strongly with, or binds, a receptor associated with a disease may inhibit its function and thus act as a drug. Solving the docking problem computationally requires an accurate representation of the molecular energetics as well as an efficient algorithm to search the potential binding modes.

Owner:Commercial (BioSolveIT)

Predicts protein-ligand interactions.

Owner:Commercial (Schrödinger)

A complete solution for ligand-receptor docking, from virtual screening of millions of compounds to binding mode predictions.

Owner:Open Source

Gold calculates the docking modes of small molecules into protein binding sites.

Owner:Commercial (molsoft)

A desktop-modeling environment for molecular structure and function.

Owner:Commercial (Accelrys )

Code for docking ligands into protein active sites. The method employs a cavity detection algorithm for detecting invaginations in the protein as candidate active site regions.

Owner:Commercial (OpenEye)

ROCS is a virtual screening tool that can identifies potentially active compounds by shape comparison.

View Materials Science Applications
Owner:Open Source

Main program helps users find the total energy, charge density and electronic structure of systems made of electrons and nuclei (molecules and periodic solids) within density functional theory (DFT), using pseudopotentials and a planewave or wavelet basis. ABINIT also includes options to optimize the geometry according to the DFT forces and stresses, or to perform molecular dynamics simulations using these forces, or to generate dynamical matrices, Born effective charges, and dielectric tensors, based on density-functional perturbation theory, and many more properties.

Owner:Open Source

BigDFT is a DFT massively parallel electronic structure code (GPL license) using a wavelet basis set. Wavelets form a real space basis set distributed on an adaptive mesh. GTH or HGH pseudopotentials are used to remove the core electrons. With a Poisson solver based on a Green function formalism, periodic systems, surfaces and isolated systems can be simulated with the proper boundary conditions.

Owner:Commercial (Accelrys )

CASTEP is a code for calculating the properties of materials from first principles. Using density functional theory, it can simulate a wide range of material properties including energetics, structure at the atomic level, vibrational properties and electronic response properties. Offers a wide range of spectroscopic features that link directly to experiment, such as infrared and Raman spectroscopies, NMR and core level spectra.

Owner:Open Source

CP2K performs atomistic and molecular simulations of solid state, liquid, molecular and biological systems. It provides a general framework for different methods such as density functional theory using a mixed Gaussian and plane waves approach (GPW) and classical pair and many-body potentials.

Owner:Open Source

The CPMD code is a parallelized plane wave/pseudopotential implementation of density functional theory, particularly designed for ab-initio molecular dynamics.

Owner:Commercial (Accelrys )

DMol3 is a commercial (and academic) software package that uses density functional theory with a numerical radial function basis set to calculate the electronic properties of molecules, clusters, surfaces and crystalline solid materials from first principles. It can either use gas phase boundary conditions or 3-D periodic boundary conditions for solids or simulations of lower dimensional periodicity.

Owner:Open Source

Large-scale atomic/molecular massively parallel simulator (LAMMPS) is a classical molecular dynamics code.

Owner:Open Source (commercial version from Nanotec)

SIESTA is both a method and its computer program implementation for performing electronic structure calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of molecules and solids. SIESTA uses strictly localized basis sets and linear-scaling algorithms that can be applied to suitable systems. The code can be used for a wide range of applications, from quick exploratory calculations to simulations that match other approaches, such as plane-wave and all-electron methods.

Owner:Commercial (Univ. of Vienna)

VASP performs ab-initio quantum-mechanical molecular dynamics (MD) using pseudopotentials and a plane wave basis set. The approach is based on a finite-temperature local-density approximation (with the free energy as variational quantity) and an exact evaluation of the instantaneous electronic ground state at each MD-step using efficient matrix diagonalization schemes and an efficient Pulay mixing.

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Owner:Commercial (Matrix Science)

Mascot is a mass spectral search algorithm that uses mass spectrometry data to identify proteins from primary sequence databases.

Owner:Open Source

Mass spectrometry software used for data acquisition, analysis or representation.

Owner:Open Source

Proteomics tools for mining sequence databases in conjunction with mass spectrometry experiments.

Owner:Open Source

SEQUEST correlates uninterpreted tandem mass spectra of peptides with amino acid sequences from protein and nucleotide databases. It will determine the amino acid sequence and thus the protein(s) and organism(s) that correspond to the mass spectrum being analyzed.

Owner:Open Source

X! Tandem can match tandem mass spectra with peptide sequences. It generates theoretical spectra for peptide sequences using information about intensity associated with amino acids. These spectra are compared with experimental data to generate an expectation value as a threshold score.

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ACEMD is a heavily optimized molecular dynamics engine specially designed to run on NVIDIA GPUs.

Owner:Open Source

Assisted model building with energy refinement (AMBER) refers to two things: a set of molecular mechanical force fields for the simulation of biomolecules (which are in the public domain, and are used in a variety of simulation programs), and a package of molecular simulation programs which includes source code and demos.

Owner:Commercial (Accelrys )

CHARMM (Chemistry at HARvard Molecular Mechanics) is the academic version of the CHARMM simulation program available through Harvard. CHARMM uses empirical energy functions to describe the forces on atoms in molecules.

Owner:D.E. Shaw Research

DESMOND performs high-speed molecular dynamics simulations of biological systems on conventional commodity clusters. The code uses novel parallel algorithms and numerical techniques and can run on platforms containing a large number of processors, or on a single computer.

Owner:Open Source

General atomic and molecular electronic structure system (GAMESS) is a general ab initio quantum chemistry package. It can compute wave functions ranging from RHF, ROHF, UHF, GVB and MCSCF, with CI and MP2 energy corrections available for some of these.

Owner:Commercial (Gaussian)

Gaussian 09 provides electronic structure modeling, and is licensed for a wide variety of computer systems.

Owner:Open Source

GROMACS performs molecular dynamics, simulating the Newtonian equations of motion for systems with hundreds to millions of particles. It is primarily designed for biochemical molecules such as proteins, lipids and nucleic acids that have complicated bonded interactions, but is also being used for research on nonbiological systems, such as polymers.

Owner: Commercial (Schrödinger)

Jaguar is an ab initio package for both gas and solution phase simulations, with particular strength in treating metal containing systems.

Owner:Open Source

Large-scale atomic/molecular massively parallel simulator (LAMMPS) is a classical molecular dynamics code.

Owner:Commercial (University College Cardiff Consultants Ltd.)

Molpro is a complete system of ab initio programs for molecular electronic structure calculations. The emphasis is on highly accurate computations, with extensive treatment of the electron correlation problem through the multiconfiguration-reference CI, coupled cluster and associated methods.

Owner:Open Source

NAMD is a parallel molecular dynamics code designed for simulation of large biomolecular systems. Based on Charm++ parallel objects, NAMD scales to hundreds of processors on high-end parallel platforms.

Owner:Open Source

NWChem provides many methods to compute the properties of molecular and periodic systems by using standard quantum mechanical descriptions of the electronic wave function or density. NWChem can perform classical molecular dynamics and free energy simulations. These approaches may be combined to perform mixed quantum-mechanics and molecular-mechanics simulations.

Owner:Commercial (Q-Chem)

Q-Chem is a comprehensive ab initio quantum chemistry package. Its capabilities range from DFT/HF calculations to post-HF correlation methods.

Owner:Open Source

MPACK is a Fortran program package that involves scattering problems of two octet baryons by the quark-model interactions, fss2 and FSS (fssG.f), and their applications to the Faddeev calculations for the triton (triton.f) and the hypertriton (hypt.f

Owner:Commercial (PetaChem)

TeraChem is general-purpose quantum chemistry software designed to run on NVIDIA GPU architectures under a 64-bit Linux operating system.

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