On November 23rd, 2017 the SURF – Special Interest Group: “Compute Resources for Life Science Research” in the Netherlands organised a seminar to explore the state of the art in using compute resources from within Virtual Research Environments (VRE).
A small group of bioinformaticians, system administrators, and research IT/project managers shared both their interest and experience when dealing with VRE’s. Topics like sustainability, security, collaboration, and the technology used were extensively discussed. PhenoMeNal was one of the international projects present, presenting it’s VRE solution based on a flexibel and scalable infrastructure.
Although the aim of the various VRE projects turned out to be very similar, providing a collaborative large scale compute environment for research, the approach PhenoMeNal took is very different from the others. Where PhenoMeNal delivers on-demand VRE services, the others provide 24×7 VRE access to (shared and) specific compute resources.
More about the meeting can be found at SURF Sig.