BGI has launched BGI Online, a new cloud computing platform that offers a one-stop shop for managing next generation sequencing projects, creating and running analysis pipelines as well as storing and sharing large quantities of data.
The system comes with pre-installed best practices pipelines, and users also have the option to construct and run customized pipelines using BGI's Docker-based software development kit. It uses an advanced resource management engine to distribute computational tasks precisely, provides real-time task monitoring, include a mechanisms for preventing job crashes, and it responds promptly to errors. Users can share data and tools publicly or privately and they can choose whether or not to make those resources available for free or to charge a fee. New users get 30,000 free credits.