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The Galaxy project is one of the world's largest, most successful, web-based bioinformatics platforms. More than 30,000 biomedical researchers run approximately 500,000 computing jobs a month on the platform.

Since 2013, TACC has powered the data analyses for a large percentage of Galaxy users, allowing researchers to quickly and seamlessly solve tough problems in cases where their personal computer or campus cluster is not sufficient.

With regard to Covid-19, researchers Anton Nekrutenko (Penn State) and Sergiei Pond (Temple University) are deciphering a deluge of data to understand in real-time what's unique with the virus before it impacts the course of the pandemic.

The researchers perform the majority of their parallel processing and analyses on TACC's Stampede2 and Jetstream supercomputers. In addition, Galaxy employs the Bridges platform at PSC for genome assembly jobs that require large amounts of shared memory. These systems are allocated through XSEDE, which awards supercomputer resources and expertise to researchers and is funded by the NSF.

For Nekrutenko, Pond, and other collaborators who work on Galaxy, the idea is to enable researchers to perform these analyses regardless of locale. For example, if someone in Africa or China or Brazil generates data sets they can use Galaxy to perform the analysis in an established, standardized way for free.


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