The Population Data Science’s technical team at Swansea University Medical School delivers bioinformatics capability, including free computing power, storage and analysis tools, to microbiologists working in academia across the UK.
An example includes the CLIMB project (Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics), funded by the Medical Research Council, bringing together expertise from Warwick, Birmingham, Cardiff, and Swansea Universities.
It is important because these specialist researchers need various sizes and configurations of Linux servers to process their data, and they need the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of the research cloud, rather than the public cloud.
With improvements in next generation sequencing technologies, generating genomic data sets has become easier, but many academics do not have access to the resources they need to perform the required bioinformatics analysis. CLIMB provides this resource, as well as a place for researchers to collaborate.
Other projects include LINKING GENETIC MUTATION DATA.