French Institute of Bioinformatics (IFB) provides life scientists with a federation of clouds, Biosphere, and bioinformatics cloud services to analyze life science data. Biosphere is used for scientific production in the life sciences, developments, and to support events like cloud and scientific training sessions, hackathons or workshops.

Biosphere Features

With IFB-Biosphere, you get:

  • Single sign-on, with your academic credentials for all sites (Sign in)
  • An unified portal (Biosphere portal) for users to deploy virtual machines on all clouds
  • More than 5,200 vCPU and 26 TB RAM (System status)
  • Pre-defined bioinformatics environments, one-click deployment from the RAINBio catalogue
  • Admin right in your environment to tune bioinformatics tools and configurations
  • Modular cloud environments, from a single virtual machine (VM) to tenths of VMs, up to 48 vCPU and 250 GB of RAM per VM
  • Big memory VM with up to 3 TB RAM
  • High-availability thanks to the different sites of the federation
  • usual public biological reference databases
  • Support for your training or workshops (CPU, RAM, storage, IFB experts)

Biosphere Portal

The Biosphere portal provides high-level cloud interfaces

  • The RAINBio catalogue to select the bioinformatics cloud appliances, useful for your analysis,
  • An operating center to manage your cloud deployments with single virtual machines (VM) or complex applications with multiple VM
  • A data center showing the public reference databases available in the IFB's clouds.

Bioinformatics Appliances

The bioinformatics appliances available in the RAINBio catalogue provide scientists with thematics environments, base appliances, web-based and desktop appliances:

  • Bioinformatics apps
    • Genomics, genome annotation, comparative genomics, transcriptomics, metagenomics,
    • bioimaging,
    • metabolic pathway, metabolomics,
    • microbial ecology
    • ...
  • Base apps
    • Linux distributions: Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, with apt/yum, pip, docker (compose & swarm), ansible, conda (bioconda and R channels),
    • Workflow environments (BioPipes), with Nextflow, SnakeMake, CWLtool, conda + Bioconda, Docker + Compose
    • Web-based: Rstudio (BiocManager, any R modules), Rshiny (Bring your own Rshiny app), Jupyter (Kernels Python & R), Wellinverter...
    • Graphical Desktop (XFCE4 + X2Go): Fiji, Cytoscape...

IFB's Cloud Sites

Biosphere relies on interconnected IT infrastructures of IFB’s platforms (details): IFB-core , GenOuest , PRABI-LBBE , BiRD , BIstrO .

Other clouds are under deployment and will be added to the federation once operationnal: AuBi , bilille , GenoToul-Bioinfo , PSMN ENSL-Lyon. , RPBS