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GPU-MEME: Using graphics hardware to accelerate motif finding in DNA sequences

: Chen, Chen; Schmidt, Bertil; Liu, Weiguo; Müller-Wittig, Wolfgang K.


Chetty, M. ; International Association for Pattern Recognition -IAPR-:
Pattern recognition in bioinformatics. Third IAPR International Conference, PRIB 2008 : Melbourne, Australia, October 15-17, 2008; Proceedings
Berlin: Springer, 2008 (Lecture notes in bioinformatics 5265)
ISBN: 3-540-88434-3
ISBN: 978-3-540-88434-7
ISSN: 0302-9743
International Conference on Pattern Recognition in Bioinformatics (PRIB) <3, 2008, Melbourne>
Fraunhofer IGD ()
Bioinformatics; Graphics Processing Unit (GPU); runtime performance

Discovery of motifs that are repeated in groups of biological sequences is a major task in bioinformatics. Iterative methods such as expectation maximization (EM) are used as a common approach to find such patterns. However, corresponding algorithms are highly compute-intensive due to the small size and degenerate nature of biological motifs. Runtime requirements are likely to become even more severe due to the rapid growth of available gene transcription data. In this paper we present a novel approach to accelerate motif discovery based on commodity graphics hardware (GPUs). To derive an efficient mapping onto this type of architecture, we have formulated the compute-intensive parts of the popular MEME tool as streaming algorithms. Our experimental results show that a single GPU allows speedups of one order of magnitude with respect to the sequential MEME implementation. Furthermore, parallelization on a GPU-cluster even improves the speedup to two orders of magnitude.