BGI Launches a Powerful and Reliable New Cloud Computing Platform for Genomic Data Analysis

Boston MA and Shenzhen China,  - BGI, the world’s largest genomics organization, announces the launch of a powerful and highly secure cloud computing platform for genomic data analysis, known as BGI Online. BGI Online provides a one-stop solution for managing NGS projects and enables users to create and run complex data analysis pipelines easily.

BGI Online is designed to address the common challenges associated with time and cost that researchers face when analyzing, storing, and sharing tremendous volumes of next-generation sequencing (NGS) data. With a robust and reliable infrastructure tailored toward large genomics data analysis projects and best-in-class safety and security, BGI Online provides easier and more effective solutions to institutions of all types and sizes, for jobs ranging from data storage, automated analysis, and data delivery to project collaboration, bioinformatics methods development, and community sharing.

BGI has leveraged years of experience in NGS data analysis to develop a cloud-based solution that eliminates the traditional headaches associated with handling, storing, and sharing huge amounts of NGS data. “Not only have we developed a scalable solution that meets high security and compliance requirements such as HIPAA and EU privacy laws and regulations, but we have also focused on building a powerful and reliable infrastructure as a service that specifically addresses the demands of NGS big data analysis,” said Guoqing Li, Project Director of BGI Online.

BGI Online was built with the most advanced resource management engine available, which allows for precise distribution of computational tasks, real-time task monitoring, and prompt response to errors. Moreover, BGI developed innovative procedures to prevent job crashes due to insufficient allocated memory, thus saving the user from having to run the complete analysis pipeline again after a task crashes. In addition, the use of high-speed caching allows for a significant reduction in data analysis time requirements (only 13.33 seconds required to write a 5-GB output file to storage).

Using BGI Online, institutions of any size can easily build their own custom analysis tools with BGI’s open-source software development kit. More importantly, users can combine these custom tools with a growing list of publicly available tools and the proprietary bioinformatics tools and resources available from BGI Online to create pipelines that fit specific research needs.

“We are excited about sharing those great features with researchers all around the world. With them, BGI Online customers will truly have a powerful and easy to use analysis platform that specifically meets the demanding needs of any NGS lab,” says Guoqing Li.

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About BGI

BGI was founded in 1999 with the mission of being a premier scientific partner to the global research community. The goal of BGI is to make leading-edge genomic science highly accessible through its investment in infrastructure that leverages the best available technology, economies of scale, and expert bioinformatics resources. BGI, which includes both private non-profit genomic research institutes and sequencing application commercial units, and its affiliates, BGI Americas, and BGI Europe, have established partnerships and collaborations with leading academic and government research institutions as well as global biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, supporting a variety of disease, agricultural, environmental, and related applications. BGI has achieved a proven track record of excellence, delivering results with high efficiency and accuracy for innovative, high-profile research which has generated over 600 publications in top-tier scientific journals. BGI Tech Solutions Company, a subsidiary of BGI, provides sequencing and bioinformatics service solutions for global biomedical, agricultural, and environmental customers.

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Contact Information:

Bicheng Yang, Ph.D.
Public Communication Officer
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Joyce Peng, Ph.D.
Marketing Director
BGI Tech & BGI America
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