de.NBI Cloud Access

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Cloud Center Giessen

The de.NBI cloud infrastructure at Justus-Liebig-University (JLU) Giessen was successfully established in early 2017, providing large-scale computing and storage resources to users of the de.NBI network. An extension of the overall storage capacity is already underway and will be available in the first half of 2018.

After initial setup and intensive testing, the cloud at JLU Giessen was transferred to production mode in June 2017. It has already been used successfully to conduct practical sessions during the first de.NBI summer school on cloud computing for bioinformatics. On this occasion, 24 participants applied cloud computing techniques for the analysis of their own biological data sets and learned how to implement scalable bioinformatics software solutions in a cloud environment. Since its establishment, the cloud is regularly used by various cooperation partners and users of the de.NBI network to analyze their data.

With between 6 and 27 GB of main memory available for each CPU core, the generous equipment of the de.NBI cloud at JLU Giessen provides an ideal resource to execute tools and workflows with high memory requirements such as the assembly of large-scale metagenomes or eukaryotic genomes. Instance types with up to 3 TB of main memory and over 100 CPU cores are offered for this purpose.

The computing resources for running virtual machines are complemented by a selection of various storage solutions, including SSD-based ephemeral disks, data volumes and object storage, which can be used to store raw and intermediate data as well as the final results of bioinformatics analysis pipelines.

The de.NBI cloud team at JLU Giessen provides ready-to-use images for microbial data analysis, assembly and statistical processing. Also, we will soon offer various preselected and readily usable biological databases and sequence collections like NCBI GenBank, RefSeq, Pfam or preprocessed human genomes, which will be made available via a shared file system for immediate use. Thus, users can start analyzing their data right away without the tedious need to collect and preprocess required databases.

In cooperation with our BiGi partners at Bielefeld University, the BiBiGrid framework is available, which provides an easy means to setup cloud-based computing clusters to process large data amounts in parallel, as e.g. required for processing metagenome or transcriptome data. On top of the BiBiGrid framework, we provide one of the most recent additions to our portfolio of bioinformatics applications, the ASAP application, which can be used for the concurrent analysis, assembly, annotation and comparative analysis of bacterial genomes. Based on this unique combination and powered by the de.NBI cloud at JLU Giessen, we are currently able to easily analyze thousands of microbial genomes each day.

In addition to the general-purpose computing servers, we have several ActiveMotif Decypher FPGA-based systems available, which provide hardware-accelerated versions of selected bioinformatics applications, such as sequence homology searches required for genome analysis and annotation as well as metagenome data processing. Currently, we are evaluating several solutions to make these systems also available to our cloud users. Furthermore, simplified deployment of Hadoop-based elastic and flexible data analysis environments, customizable by each individual user, will be offered in the first half of 2018.

As of summer 2017, the de.NBI cloud setup in Giessen spans about 80 hosts with more than 2,600 cores, a total of 48 TB RAM, 140 TB of local SSD storage in compute hosts, and about 500 TB of distributed storage for volumes and object storage.

Thank you for your interest in attending the 2nd International de.NBI Symposium.
Please register to the conference by using the ONLINE REGISTRATION.
Deadline for registration:
10 October 2017

Registration Fees

 Attendee's affiliation
 Fee in EUR
 Student  50 EUR
 Academia  150 EUR
 300 EUR

The registration fee covers snacks, coffee, lunch and conference dinner. Please follow the payment details provided by the online registration process.

Submission of Abstracts

Please submit your poster presentation abstract by using the online registration above. Six of the most competitive posters will be selected for oral presentations (15 min each) in the session Short Contributions of Young Scientists.
Deadline for submission: 30 September 2017

Symposium Venue

The symposium will be held at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) of Bielefeld University, Methoden 1, 33615 Bielefeld.

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The nearest and most convenient airports to Bielefeld are

  • Hannover (HAJ) - Train to Bielefeld ˜ hour 25 minutes
  • Dortmund (DTM) - Train to Bielefeld ˜ hour 15 minutes
  • Düsseldorf (DUS) - Train to Bielefeld ˜ 1.5 - 2 hours
  • Köln / Bonn (CGN) - Train to Bielefeld ˜ 2.5 hours

In order to find a detailed overview of train connections, please visit

To reach the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), please take one of the following tram or bus lines:

By tram

  • Tram line 4 from central station or Jahnplatz, direction Lohmannshof,
    exits 'Bültmannshof' or 'Universität'

By bus (directly)

  • Bus 21 from Jahnplatz, direction Gesamtschule/Werther
  • Bus 61 from central station or Jahnplatz, direction Halle/ZOB
  • Bus 62 from central station or Jahnplatz, direction Borgholzhausen/Schützenhaus

All bus lines: Exit at bus stop 'Uni-Studentenwohnheim', duration ca. 12 minutes.


Accommodation may be booked in one of the following hotels which provide special rates for conference participants. All rates refer to single rooms with en-suite facilities per night including breakfast.

Hotel Bielefelder Hof (rate 88 EUR)
(keyword: de.NBI-Symposium) valid until 23 SEP 2017

Address: Am Bahnhof 3, D-33602 Bielefeld
Telephone: +49 521 52 82 0 
Fax: +49 521 52 82 10 0
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Arcadia Hotel Bielefeld (rate 75 EUR)
(keyword: de.NBI-Symposium)
valid until 29 SEP 2017

Address: Niederwall 31-35, D-33602 Bielefeld
Telephone: +49 521 52 53 0
Fax: +49 521 52 53 444
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Mercure Hotel Bielefeld Johannisberg
(rate 85 EUR single room, 105 EUR double room)
(keyword: de.NBI-Symposium) valid until 29 SEP 2017

Address: Am Johannisberg 5, D-33602 Bielefeld
Telephone: +49 521 92 38 0
Fax: +49 521 92 38 250
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Further Information
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Opening Lecture

Distinguished Conference Lecture

Niklas Blomberg / ELIXIR, UK

Barend Mons / DTL, NL

Confirmed Conference Lecturers

  • Amos Bairoch / Geneva, CH
  • Peter Belmann / Bielefeld, DE
  • Markus Göker / Braunschweig, DE
  • Alex Mitchell / Hinxton, UK
  • Susheel Varma / Hinxton, UK
  • Stein Aerts / Leuven, BE
  • Jörn Walter / Saarbrücken, DE
  • Sameer Velankar / Hinxton, DE
  • Ivo Hofacker / Vienna, AT
  • Jan Gorodkin / Frederiksberg, DK
  • Rolf Backofen / Freiburg, DE
  • Trinad Chakraborty / Gießen, DE
  • Matt Clark / Norwich, UK
  • Guy Cochrane / Hinxton, UK
  • Pascal Falter-Braun / München, DE
  • Paul Kersey / Hinxton, UK
  • Ola Spjuth / Uppsala, SE
  • Christoph Steinbeck / Jena, DE
  • Yves Vandenbrouck / Grenoble, FR
  • Juan Antonio Vizcaino / Hinxton, UK


Scientific Program
To view the program, please click here

Abstract Book
To view the Abstract Book, please click here


Organizing and Scientific Committee

  • Rolf Backofen / University of Freiburg, Freiburg
  • Peer Bork / EMBL, Heidelberg
  • Tanja Dammann-Kalinowski / Bielefeld University, Bielefeld
  • Roland Eils / DKFZ / Heidelberg University, Heidelberg
  • Martin Eisenacher / Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum
  • Frank Oliver Glöckner / Jacobs University / MPI, Bremen
  • Björn Grüning / University of Freiburg, Freiburg
  • Heidrun Gundlach / Helmholtz Zentrum München, Neuherberg
  • Oliver Kohlbacher / University of Tübingen, Tübingen
  • Christian Lawerenz / DKFZ, Heidelberg
  • Steffen Neumann / IPB Halle, Halle (Saale)
  • Alfred Pühler / Bielefeld University, Bielefeld
  • Uwe Scholz / IPK Gatersleben, Gatersleben
  • Dietmar Schomburg / Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig
  • Alexander Sczyrba / Bielefeld University, Bielefeld
  • Jens Stoye / Bielefeld University, Bielefeld
  • Andreas Tauch / Bielefeld University, Bielefeld
  • Björn Usadel / Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich
  • Wolfgang Müller / Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, Heidelberg

The 2nd International de.NBI-Symposium is funded by BMBF (FKZ 031A532B).