The IFB cloud offers, on demand, computing resources and reference data. Users will be able to either deploy appliances (pre-configured machines) or install their own bioinformatics infrastructure. Depending on the situation, the deployed or installed machines can be accessed in different ways: web interface, command line and graphical desktop.
The different appliances available are listed and categorized in the RAINBio catalogue. This catalogue currently includes many models of virtual machines, providing different bioinformatics software suites in different fields: genomics (assembly, mapping, regulation, expression profiling, annotation, visualization, etc), bio-imaging, statistics - R-, etc. Also available to developers, computer utilities in the form of VMs providing for example a basic operating system, a data management system, or other basic software.
As you can see in the table below, IFB cloud resources are distributed between 8 sites : the IFB-core cloud and 7 clouds of IFB regional platforms and computing mesocentres (GenOuest, PRABI-LBBE, BiRD, BIstrO (BiGest ?), Bilille, CBP-PSMN), including 2 in connection with the GIS France Grilles.
|IFB Core||Lyon (CC-IN2P3)||3 616||180||20 116|
|AuBI||Clermont-Ferrand (Université)||384||12||1 536|
|GenOuest||Rennes (IRISA)||600||350||2 600|
|PRABI||Lyon (Université)||536||144||3 300|
|BiRD||Nantes (Université)||860||150||2 500|
|BIGEst||Strasbourg (IPHC)||1024||500||4 000|
|CBP-PSMN||Lyon (ENS-Lyon)||3 408||24||7 552|
|Total federation of clouds||10 620||1 360||43 372|
The cloud Federation offers a set of pre-configured environments, allowing scientists and bioinformaticians to choose the configuration best suited to their analyses. Those virtual bioinformatics environment models developed by some members of the IFB community are registered in the Biosphere catalogue. Scientists and engineers can launch their own virtual environments with dedicated resources that can be adapted to their own needs without interfering with other users. The activity is in constant progression, and the IFB French cloud has already been used for numerous scientific analyses and training sessions, workshop, hackathons or several recurrent sessions of scientific schools or universities.
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An account provides variable space (from 25 GB to 3 TB per virtual machine for the duration of job execution but deleted when the virtual machine shuts down) to which will soon be associated a persistent and shared storage space between the virtual machines of a user or group.