KBase: DOE Systems Biology Knowledgebase
KBase is a collaborative, community-driven effort designed to accelerate our understanding of microbes, microbial communities, and plants. KBase integrates commonly used tools and their associated data, and builds new capabilities on top of the combined data. New functionality allows users to visualize data, create powerful models, and design experiments based on KBase-generated suggestions. The project is about much more than data unification: KBase is focused on interpreting missing information necessary for predictive modeling; on aiding experimental design to test model-based hypotheses; and on delivering quality-controlled data. The project leverages cloud computing and high performance computing resources across the DOE laboratory complex to handle the anticipated rapid growth in data and computational needs.