Cloud resources for Designing Future Wheat
Designing Future Wheat is a UK-wide, cross-Institute large strategic grant from BBSRC awarded to eight UK institutions to undertake and improve access to wheat research. Part of this project is work package 4, Data Access and Analysis, which aims to deliver cutting-edge wheat data to the community as soon as possible after generation, and made available under open access policies, e.g. Toronto. This requires advances in and development of efficient and easy-to-use data infrastructure.
Whilst DFW funds the development of the software aspects for data management, computational hardware was also required to allow the storage and use of DFW data. Rob Davey (EI) and Chris Rawlings (RRes), DFW WP4 leads, were successful in applying for a BBSRC 16ALERT mid-range equipment grant to uplift the cloud infrastructure already provided through the CyVerse UK project.
As such, we can now offer a safe, secure, and reproducible cloud environment to DFW researchers, for free, to undertake analyses as part of the DFW project. Users can request virtual machines within the CyVerse UK cloud with a variety of configurations, including storage, CPU and memory options to fulfil their needs. These machines can be pre-populated with reference wheat datasets, and you can upload your own data. These machines are well suited to typical bioinformatics tasks:
- sequence data quality assessments and filtering
- RNA-seq / transcriptomics / gene expression analysis
- variant calling