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Using Clouds for Metagenomics: A Case Study

TitleUsing Clouds for Metagenomics: A Case Study
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsWilkening, J, Wilke, A, Desai, NL, Meyer, F
Conference NameIEEE Cluster 2009
Date Published08/2009
Conference LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Other NumbersANL/MCS-P1665-0809

Cutting edge sequencing systems produce data at a prodigious rate; and the analysis of these datasets requires significant computing resources. Cloud computing provides a tantalizing possibility for on-demand access to computing resources. However, many open questions remain. We present here a performance assessment of BLAST on real metagenomics data in a cloud setting, in order to determine the viability of this approach. BLAST is one of the premier applications in
bioinformatics and computational biology and is assumed to consume the vast majority of resources in that area.