Project Description

Mr Thom Cuddihy

QFAB Bioinformatics and UQ Research Computing Centre
The University of Queensland

Deploying and utilising virtual servers in the NeCTAR Cloud

Getting started with bioinformatic software

Friday 5 July 2019

Thom Cuddihy is a bioinformatician and software developer for QFAB Bioinformatics and UQ Research Computing Centre. His work has him currently embedded with several research groups, providing bioinformatic and sysadmin services, as well as working on several national platforms for bioinformatics and bio-data services. He specialises in multiple programming languages including Python, C#, Java, and R, and has a strong background in databases, system administration and high-performance computing. He also has extensive experience working with NGS data and the generation of pipelines for single and multi-omics analysis. Thom has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science (Hons), in addition to a Masters of Bioinformatics from UQ.

Computing has increasingly become a vital component of modern research, driving researchers to seek solutions for additional computational power. In response to the increase in demand for computing resources, the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) established a national cloud computing resource, the NeCTAR Cloud, that provides a flexible, low cost, low barrier to entry solution for Australian researchers.

The NeCTAR Cloud features a self-service portal that allows researchers to quickly and easily launch virtual instances of Linux servers, as well as manage volume and object storage, configure firewalls and security and perform backups (snapshots). In addition, as the NeCTAR Cloud consists of eight different organisations throughout Australia, yet connected as a single cloud system, researchers are able to take advantage of additional services offered by individual member organisations, such as data collections offered by QRIScloud, and can collaborate with other researchers across Australia.

In this seminar, the basics of cloud computing and NeCTAR, as well as the process of registering, configuring, and launching a virtual instance on the NeCTAR Cloud will be discussed. In addition, considerations for security and backups will also be addressed. Finally, applications for virtual instances towards research will be reviewed.