The CycleCloud product family of specialized clusters for scientists is currently the only supported cluster application in Amazon EC2. CycleCloud for Life Sciences supplies researchers with clusters they can use with minimum effort required for installation. Domain scientists have access to a full range of pre-installed domain appropriate tools. Pipelines for standard applications like Gromacs, Bowtie, Velvet, OMSSA, Tandem, HMMER, and BLAST, an algorithm for comparing primary biological sequence information such as the amino-acid sequences of different proteins or the nucleotides of DNA sequences, are amongst the two dozen new applications added.
CycleCloud for Life Sciences consists of three specialized application sets for scientists in particular life science fields: Bioinformatics, Proteomics and Computational Chemistry. Through the CycleCloud.com site, users can deploy a cluster with the pre-installed applications in a matter of minutes. Secure Shell (SSH) and RESTful web interfaces are utilized to access a head node for the cluster while jobs are submitted and managed using a scheduling system to prioritize work flows, manage job dependencies, minimize excess computation, and grow/shrink clusters to the calculations at hand.
"Successfully deploying applications to use the Cloud efficiently involves a number of technical challenges, and we want to automate the solutions so researchers can be more productive", stated Jason Stowe, CEO and founder of Cycle Computing. "The goal is to make the applications scale and the clusters secure. Built specifically around the end-user, CycleCloud makes this easy by deploying a cluster with default work flows that work optimally and securely in the Cloud but are still customizable by researchers."
Jason Stowe has presented the new product family during a session entitled "CycleCloud: Boosting Productivity with HPC as a Service on the Cloud" at the XGen Congress. The presentation focused on:
- Bandwidth and data considerations for using the Cloud
- Productivity, ease of use and security requirements
- Example walkthroughs of pre-engineered pipelines for genome analysis and searching use cases