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Wednesday, July 20 • 8:30am - 9:00am
SW: The XSEDE BLAST Gateway: Leveraging Campus Development for the XSEDE Gateway

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This paper describes an XSEDE Extended Collaboration Support Service (ECSS) effort on scaling a campus developed online BLAST service (BLASTer) into an XSEDE gateway bridging the gap between genomic researchers and advanced computing and data environments like those found in the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) network. Biologists and geneticists all over the world use the suite of Basic Local Alignment Search Tools (BLAST) developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) throughout the full spectrum of genomic research. It has become one of the defacto bioinformatics applications used in all variety of computing environments. BLASTer allows researchers to achieve those tasks faster and without expert computing knowledge by converting BLAST jobs to a parallel model. It handles all of the details of computation submission, execution, and database access for users through an intuitive web-based interface provided by the unique features of the HUBzero gateway platform. This paper details the core development of BLASTer for campus computing resources at Purdue University, some of its successes among the user community, and the current efforts by an ECSS scientific gateways project from XSEDE to include data-intensive use of resources like Wrangler at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) within the XSEDE network. The lessons learned from this project will be used to bring other XSEDE computing resources to BLASTer in the future and other programs like BLASTer to XSEDE users.

Wednesday July 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am EDT