While other cloud computing giants such as Amazon and Google are jumping on the genome processing bandwagon, the Beagle successfully demonstrated that with enough computing power and parallel processing, genome processing can be speeded up. It also showed that the current software and algorithms are not optimized for use by supercomputer’s parallel supercomputing capabilities. The Beagle, named after Charles Darwin’s famous ship, was capable of processing multiple genomes simultaneously using commercially available algorithms and software packages.
Currently, complete genome analysis is only used for research purposes, while partial genome analysis is used for clinical and preventive medicine. However, by speeding up the process and reducing the cost, complete genome analysis should become suitable for clinical use.