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Software simplifies proteomics research on Amazon cloud

News posted at HPCwire late last week of a new software package that simplifies the task of using Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud for proteomics research

Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center in Milwaukee …have developed a set of free tools called ViPDAC (virtual proteomics data analysis cluster), to be used in combination with Amazon’s inexpensive “cloud computing” service, which provides the option to rent processing time on its powerful servers; and free open-source software from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of Manitoba.

…One of the major challenges for many laboratories setting up proteomics programs has been obtaining and maintaining the very costly computational infrastructure required for analysis of the vast flow of proteomics data generated by mass spectrometry instruments used to determine the elemental composition as well as chemical structure of a molecule, according to senior investigator, Simon Twigger, Ph.D., assistant professor of physiology.

…”The tools we have produced allow anyone with a credit card, anywhere in the world, to analyze proteomics data in the cloud and reap the benefits of having significant computing resources to speed up their data analysis,” says lead author Brian Halligan, Ph.D., research scientist in the Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center.

More in the release, or you can find detailed instructions for using the package on the web site.

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