Biocompute allows researchers at Notre Dame to run standard bioinformatics tools like BLAST, and then share and manage the results. The new twist is that we transparently parallelize the tasks and run them on our campus Condor pool. This allows people to run tasks that were previously impossible: we routinely run workloads that would take months on a single machine, but get completed in hours on Biocompute.
Biocompute transforms the request into a large Makeflow job that looks like this:
Users and administrators can view the progress of each job:
When the task is complete, you can browse the results, download them, or feed them into another tool on the web site:
This work was sponsored in part by the Bioinformatics Core Facility and the National Science Foundation under grant NSF-06-43229.