Galaxy CloudMan: delivering cloud compute clusters.

CloudMan is a cloud manager that orchestrates the steps required to provision and manage compute clusters on a cloud infrastructure, all through a web browser. In minutes, you can use a vanilla SGE cluster or a complete bioinformatics analysis environment.

CloudMan is a cloud resource management system that makes it possible for individual researchers to compose and control an arbitrarily sized compute cluster on Amazon’s EC2 cloud infrastructure without any informatics requirements. Within this system, an entire suite of biological tools packaged by the NERC Bio-Linux team (http://nebc.nerc.ac.uk/tools/bio-linux) is available for immediate consumption. The provided solution makes it possible, using only a web browser, to create a completely configured compute cluster ready to perform analysis in less than five minutes. Moreover, developer¬† provide an automated method for building custom deployments of cloud resources. This approach promotes reproducibility of results and, if desired, allows individuals and labs to add or customize an otherwise available cloud system to better meet their needs.

The expected knowledge and associated effort with deploying a compute cluster in the Amazon EC2 cloud is not trivial. The solution presented in this paper eliminates these barriers, making it possible for researchers to deploy exactly the amount of computing power they need, combined with a wealth of existing analysis software, to handle the ongoing data deluge.

CloudMan can be accessed here.

Reference:

Afgan E, Baker D, Coraor N, Chapman B, Nekrutenko A, Taylor J. Galaxy CloudMan: delivering cloud compute clusters. BMC Bioinformatics. 2010 Dec 21;11 Suppl 12:S4. PubMed PMID: 21210983.

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