Cloud-based High Performance Computing for
SPecialised ANalyses on environmental 'omics
Cloud-SPAN trains researchers, and the research software engineers that support them, to run specialised analyses on cloud-based high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure. Cloud-SPAN is developing highly accessible resources which integrate with existing Carpentries courses.
We offer Diversity Scholarships to cover travel and/or childcare to enable members of underrepresented groups to participate in online or in-person training.
Challenges in Environmental 'Omics
Software installation for data analysis is complex and involves multiple dependencies.
HPC architectures vary between institutions and accessibility is a lottery.
Metagenomic analyses involve large datasets and take a long time to run.
Big data 'omics analyses using HPC are not core skills for researchers and have a steep learning curve.
We use cloud-based containerised instances with pre-installed software which are scalable and easy to access.
We deliver high quality training with a low barrier to participation - absolutely zero previous experience needed!
We offer training in both self-study and workshop formats, with a mix of online and in-person teaching.
We are building a community of practice: a community of bioinformaticians who can support one another.
We are following open science principles and making our resources FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable).