Announcement of first public release of the PhenoMeNal Cloud Research Environment

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We are very excited to announce release 1 of the PhenoMeNal Cloud Research Environment (CRE) for Metabolomics. PhenoMeNal aims to provide user-friendly services that enable computation and analysis of large data sets to improve the understanding of the causes and mechanisms underlying health, healthy ageing and diseases.

While the PhenoMeNal CRE V1 is not yet feature complete, you can already get a feel for its capabilities at handling large datasets and running scalable metabolomics analysis on cloud infrastructures. The CRE is equipped to connect with established data repositories such as MetaboLights, includes many popular tools and established workflows. Moreover, the infrastructure is ready to run on the public cloud platforms Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Compute Engine (GCE) as well as any public or private cloud running OpenStack.

Want to see it in action? Head to our “Getting Started” guide to deploy your first CRE in a few simple steps. If you want to know more about what is included, you can read the release notes on the wiki.

We hope users will test our new developments and provide feedback through our helpdesk. Furthermore, you should also feel free to contact our helpdesk if you need any help with your PhenoMeNal CRE deployment. A word of caution: This is a beta release of the CRE, so it should not be relied upon in production environments; we expect to release the first production version about six months from now.

The PhenoMeNal project is conducted by a consortium of 14 participants across Europe and includes metabolomics researchers and tool developers, as well as managers of national metabolomics programmes and infrastructures. The project is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon2020 programme, grant agreement number 654241.

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