CLIMB (the Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics): an online resource for the medical microbiology community

Microb Genom. 2016 Sep 20;2(9):e000086. doi: 10.1099/mgen.0.000086. eCollection 2016 Sep.


The increasing availability and decreasing cost of high-throughput sequencing has transformed academic medical microbiology, delivering an explosion in available genomes while also driving advances in bioinformatics. However, many microbiologists are unable to exploit the resulting large genomics datasets because they do not have access to relevant computational resources and to an appropriate bioinformatics infrastructure. Here, we present the Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics (CLIMB) facility, a shared computing infrastructure that has been designed from the ground up to provide an environment where microbiologists can share and reuse methods and data.

Keywords: bioinformatics; cloud computing; infrastructure; metagenomics; population genomics; virtual laboratory.

MeSH terms

  • Cloud Computing*
  • Computational Biology / methods*
  • Genome, Microbial
  • Genomics
  • High-Throughput Nucleotide Sequencing
  • Internet*
  • Microbiological Techniques / methods*
  • Software*