Project Members:

Adam Hunter (Project Manager, )

ANDS Contact:

Andrew Treloar (

Project Status:


NeAT Project Plan for BioFlow Project

Murdoch University

Collaborator(s): Queensland Facility for Advanced Bioinformatics, Victorian Life Sciences Computation Centre

Project Description:

The Bioflows project aims to provide a simple Web-based workflow tool that enables life sciences researchers to specify genomics and proteomics workflows that can be executed on the ARCS Compute Cloud and interface with the ARCS Data Fabric. The system will be deployable as an “appliance,” with required software, middleware and server hardware able to be installed at a site and managed remotely, if required. The appliance can interface with local high performance computing systems and/or submit compute jobs to the ARCS Compute Cloud. The appliance concept will be tested with trial deployments at the iVEC Informatics Facility at Murdoch University, the Queensland Facility for Advanced Bioinformatics and the Life Sciences Computation Centre in Victoria.

* Bioinformatics workflow service – provides a simple web-based interface for specifying bioinformatics workflows and running them on the grid or local high-performance computing facilities.

* A workflow server appliance that can be easily installed at a site and remotely managed or updated if required.

* Deployment of the YABI bioinformatics workflow service at the IVEC@Murdoch facility, and preliminary deployments at QFAB and LSCC. Further work is needed to provide production deployments to users at QFAB and LSCC, which is to be completed later this year.

* Will soon have a prototype platform for supporting an easy-to-use web-based tool for specifying bioinformatics workflows and have them submit jobs using the ARCS grid interface to remote compute resources.