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CyVerse: Scalable Image Informatics

Author(s): Tyson Lee Swetnam1, Edwin Skidmore2, Tony Edgin2, Ramona Walls2, Eric Lyons2, Nirav Merchant2

1. University of Arizona BIO5 Institute, CyVerse 2. University of Arizona

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Poster on cyberinfrastructure for the machine learning ere presented at the 2020 BIOME Institute: Cultivating Scientific Curiosity

Licensed under CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International according to these terms

Version 1.0 - published on 27 Jul 2020 doi:10.25334/C1DA-G511 - cite this


CyVerse provides life scientists with powerful computational infrastructure to handle huge datasets and complex analyses, thus enabling data-driven discovery. Our extensible platforms provide data storage, bioinformatics tools, data visualization, interactive analyses, cloud services, and APIs. Using our free and open source cyberinfrastructure, teams of researchers can attempt to answer questions that previously were unapproachable because the computational requirements were too large or too complex.

CyVerse cyberinfrastructure includes:

  • A data storage facility

  • An interactive, web-based, analytical platform

  • Cloud infrastructure to access remote servers for computation, analysis, and storage

  • Web authentication and security services

  • Support for scaling computational algorithms to run on large, high-speed computers

  • Education and training in how to use cyberinfrastructure

  • People with expertise in all of the above

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    Sheela Vemu @ on

    Really interesting tool. Is it feasible to teach students the usage of this tool before it is applied in problem solving research question? What is the approximate learning curve for life science students? 

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    Pat Marsteller @ on

    This looks like a very interesting tool for research and for upper level labs or CUREs.  I'd like to hear more about how it is being used by educators.

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      Tyson Lee Swetnam @ on

      CyVerse is used extensively for both research and teaching

      For example,

      DNA Subway is used to teach high school and undergraduate students:

      CyVerse Data Science Workbench can be used to launch individual instances of RStudio or Jupyter for live coding sessions in a course focusing on programming in R, Python, etc. in a simlar way as the Binder Project is used -- but with CyVerse you can launch large instances that are persistant for several days and can be extended, whereas Binder is only active for a few hours on a small VM.



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