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The BioMicro Center has developed and manages a computational infrastructure to support our genomics experimentation and bioinformatics analysis. In response to requests from our users, we have expanded these servers to create a new collaborative computational environment at MIT. These public servers are designed to offer CORE labs access to inexpensive analysis and storage systems that piggy-back on the existing infrastructure. These services are built on a full cost recovery model where the total cost of the servers and services is expected to be recovered over three years. Charges for the equipment are billed on an annual basis.


Large scale data storage is available through the BioMicro Center. Space is available in 1TB increments on an annual basis. The storage is accessible from Window, Macintosh and Linux operating systems and is backed up by MIT's TSM service.

We strongly encourage all labs using Illumina sequencing or bioinformatics analysis to have networked data storage. Either Rowley or BMC-PUB storage is *required* to utilize our computer cluster or our Galaxy server.


BMC-pub server

The BioMicroCenter Public Server (BMC Pub) is a data storage service offered by the Center. The server is designed to provided low cost server based storage for labs and facilities at MIT accessible easily from Linux, Windows and Macintosh operating systems. Space is available in 1TB increments. The servers use a RAID6 architecture to accommodate drive failures and are backed up routinely by MIT's TSM service. Currently the BioMicro Center supports 128TB storage within the BMC-Pub system. More details on how to use the BMC-pub1 system are found HERE. Pricing for the servers is on the pricing page. Users who would like data storage on the BMC-pub systems should contact Stephen Goldman.

STORAGE: Koch Institute Isilon Cluster

For users with appointments in the Koch Institute, storage is also available on the KI's Isilon server, Rowley. This Isilon cluster was purchased in September 2010. The server is named after Janet Rowley, a pioneer in the field of chromosome translocations in cancer and winner of the 2009 national medal of science and 2009 presidential medal of freedom. The cluster currently consists of seven 36NL nodes and three 108NL nodes with a total capacity of over 500TB and is accessible from any networked computer. Rowley serves as the primary storage device used by the BioMicro Center for Illumina Sequencing and data delivery. Users who would like data storage on Rowley should contact Charlie Whittaker.


BMC/BCC Computation Cluster (ROUS)


Rous is a Linux cluster, initially purchase in September 2009. Rous, named after the Nobel prize winning cancer researcher Peyton Rous (and not Rodents Of Unusual Size) is equipped with a wide range of bioinformatics software. It uses x86 architecture with 160 processing cores and over 500 GB RAM. Rous is the primary server for handling data analysis from Illumina sequencing and for the GALAXY instance at MIT. Users of Rous must have an account on either BMC-PUB or on Rowley.

Currently, we are reworking the way the queues on Rous work. In addition to a general queue, similar to what is on Rous now, the new system will have lab specific queue where jobs from that lab will have priority on a specific node (or nodes) of the server. Similar to the data storage model, access to these nodes will be on a charge back basis to recover the cost of the instrumentation. We are currently in the testing phase of this project.

Some additional useful facts about Rous:

We strongly encourage all labs using Illumina sequencing or bioinformatics analysis to have networked data storage. Either Rowley or BMC-PUB storage is *required* to utilize our computer cluster or our GALAXY server.

Server Software Installed on ROUS

A large amount of software is installed on our cluster server. The modules available as of June 2012 include:

Active by default

----------------------------------------------------------------- /home/software/modulefiles -----------------------------------------------------------------
allpathslg/46066(default)           cufflinks/1.3.0                     ki-bmc/pipeline_1.1.2               signalp/4.1(default)
bamtools/1.0.2                      cufflinks/2.0.0                     ki-bmc/pipeline_1.2                 snpeff/2.0.5d
bedtools/2.15.0(default)            cufflinks/2.0.1                     ki-bmc/pipeline_1.2.1               snpsnift/1.3.4b
bedtools/2.16.1                     cufflinks/2.0.2                     materialsstudio/6.0                 sra/2.1.10
bedtools/2.17.0                     cufflinks/2.1.1                     matlab/2011b(default)               tabix/0.2.5(default)
blast/2.2.27(default)               fasta/35.4.12(default)              muscle/3.8.31(default)              tabix/0.2.6
bowtie/2.0.0b3(default)             freec/5.7(default)                  novoalign/2.08.03(default)          tmhmm/2.0c(default)
bowtie2/2.0.0-beta5                 gasv/2012.10.12                     olb/1.9.0                           tophat/1.4.1(default)
bowtie2/2.0.0-beta6(default)        gatk/1.3-21-gcb284ee                olb/1.9.4(default)                  tophat/2.0.0
bowtie2/2.0.2                       gatk/1.4-30-gf2ef8d1                pasa/r2012-06-25(default)           tophat/2.0.3
bowtie2/2.0.3                       gcc/4.8.0(default)                  polysh/0.4(default)                 tophat/2.0.4
bowtie2/2.0.5                       gmap/2013-01-23                     python/2.7.2(default)               tophat/2.0.6
bowtie2/2.0.6                       hdf5/1.8.8(default)                 r/2.14.0(default)                   tophat/2.0.7
bowtie2/2.1.0                       hmmer/3.0(default)                  r/2.14.2                            tophat/2.0.8
breakdancer/1.1_2011_02_21(default) jre/1.6.0-29(default)               r/2.15.0                            trinityrnaseq/r2012-10-05(default)
bwa/0.4.6                           ki-bmc/20120516                     r/2.15.3                            trinityrnaseq/r2013-02-25
bwa/0.6.1(default)                  ki-bmc/pipeline_0.9                 rsem/1.2.3(default)                 ucsc-tools/20120530(default)
casava/1.8.2                        ki-bmc/pipeline_1.0(default)        samtools/0.1.18(default)            vcftools/0.1.10
clustalo/1.1.0(default)             ki-bmc/pipeline_1.0.1               samtools/0.1.19                     vcftools/0.1.8a(default)
cufflinks/1.2.1(default)            ki-bmc/pipeline_1.1                 shera/2012-03-23(default)           wx/2.8.12(default)

Active after module add jre

------------------------------------------------------ /home/software/jre/jre-1.6.0-29/pkg/modulefiles -------------------------------------------------------
jalview/2.7            picard/1.63            picard/1.72            picard/1.89            varscan/2.3.2(default)

Active after module add python

----------------------------------------------------- /home/software/python/python-2.7.2/pkg/modulefiles -----------------------------------------------------
HTSeq/0.5.4p1               macs/1.4.2                  numpy/1.6.1(default)        pysam/0.6(default)          virtualenv/1.7(default)
biopython/1.61              macs/2.0.10_6_6_2012        pip/1.1                     scipy/0.10.0(default)       wxpython/
cython/0.15.1(default)      matplotlib/1.1.0(default)   pybedtools/0.6              setuptools/0.6c11(default)
h5py/2.0.1(default)         mysql-python/1.2.3(default) pybedtools/0.6.2            sicer/1.1

Other packagesare installed but have not yet been converted to module packages. These include:

  • BLAT
  • GenePattern
  • IGV
  • MAQ
  • MEME
  • Velvet