The bioinformatics core facility at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a physical and intellectual infrastructure that facilitates the bioinformatic computing and storage needs of members of the Danforth Center community.
Physically, the core is a modular, virtualized, cloud-based framework that provides a foundation for expansion of computing and storage resources by the Danforth Center and individual laboratories or groups. Currently, the infrastructure contains 664 processors, more than 3 terabytes of memory, and a single, high-performance 204 terabyte storage area network. These resources are shared in a managed, multi-user environment and communicate via a 10 gigabit Ethernet network. Management of the system is simplified through virtualization of server resources, which also allows for the deployment of diverse applications and platforms simultaneously.
Intellectual development is offered by the bioinformatics facility through regular workshops and training events, custom application development for lab or group projects, and community-based sharing of software and ideas. In addition, the bioinformatics facility enhances interaction between groups at the center and partner institutions, such as Washington University in St. Louis.
Noah Fahlgren, Ph.D.