What is it about?

We are pleased to announce the third de.NBI Cloud User Meeting. In comparison to preceding meetings, this year`s meeting will be organized as an online conference. Over five days users can watch talks of already experienced users and long running projects and thereby learn about best practices in cloud computing. Same as the last years we will try to cover topics for beginners such as virtualization but also topics for software engineers and administrators such as orchestration with Kubernetes. Participants will learn how to scale up their analysis to handle growing input data and how to use workflow managers such as Snakemake in a cloud environment. As every year we are also going to demonstrate the usage of bioinformatics software in the de.NBI Cloud using Docker images or Bioconda packages.


User Meeting date: 8.10.2020 – 14.10.2020

Registration deadline: Will be announced

Confirmed speakers:

Peter Belmann – Bielefeld University, de.NBI Administration Office

Daniel Hübschmann – German Cancer Research Center
Cov-seq: An amplicon sequencing protocol for Sars-CoV-2

Peter Ebert – Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik, Algorithms for Computational Genomics
Leveraging the deNBI Cloud for large-scale human genome assembly

Martin Zurowietz – Bielefeld University, Biodata Mining
BIIGLE – Large-scale image annotation in the de.NBI Cloud

Kay Schallert – Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Institute for Process Engineering
MetaProteomeCloud – Microbial community proteomics using cloud

Confirmed Workshops:

Running Snakemake Workflows in the de.NBI Cloud
Sharing data and execution of workflows via cloud resources will be essential for the work with the increasing amount of data in the field of genomics. This training will introduce the cloud standards from the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) and give solutions on how to run workflows in the cloud and how to integrate cloud storage systems. Thereby, we will focus on workflow development with the workflow system Snakemake.

Organizer: Sven Olaf Twardziok (BIH Berlin)
Estimated length: ~5 hours

OpenStack Introduction – OpenStack is the underlying infrastructure of the de.NBI Cloud. Any service that is provided is set up on top of OpenStack. Participants of this workshop will learn how to start one or multiple virtual machines by using a graphical interface or via an API.

Estimated length: 4 hours

Extensible Cluster Setup in the Cloud with BibiGrid and Ansible
BiBiGrid is an open source tool hosted at Github for an easy cluster setup inside a cloud environment. It provides a HPC like environment, providing a shared filesystem between all nodes, a Grid Batch Scheduler and a monitoring system on top of Ubuntu LTS or Debian. In this hands-on session we will learn how to setup a cluster in the cloud using BiBiGrid and how to adjust it to make it fit our needs using Ansible.

Organizer: Jan Krüger (Bielefeld University)
Estimated length: ~3 hours

Using Terraform to define infrastructure as code
The goal of this workshop is to give a first overview about how Terraform works and corresponding use cases. Topics that will be covered by Terraform in this workshop are for example, start and stop VMs, configure VMs, set up more complex environments like a virtual HPC cluster The workshop is directed to users that already have some cloud experiences and some programming abilities.

Organizer: Maximillian Hanussek (University of Tübingen)
Estimated length: ~4 hours

BioConda and BioContainers – Bioinformatic tools running in Container or as part of a Conda environment are provided by Bioinformatic communities such as Bioconda and BioContainers. They are essential for reproducible science and will enable you running tools and workflows in the Cloud. Topics of this workshop are virtualization, packaging and the handling of BioContainers and Bioconda packages.

Organizer: Björn Grüning (University of Freiburg)
Estimated length: ~4 hours

Kubernetes Introduction
This workshop will introduce Kubernetes as a container orchestration solution. It will focus on concepts and the basic functionality of Kubernetes in order provide a solid background for further exploration of Kubernetes. It will also introduce some best-practices for software development with containers and Kubernetes. A good understand of container technologies like Docker is a prerequisit.

Organizer: Marius Dieckmann (Giessen University)
Estimated length: 2 days

Deploying Web Services in the de.NBI Cloud – Web services can improve collaboration of spatially distinct researchers; e.g. by providing a shared workspace for data analysis or as an application user interface to access data and tools. In our online lecture we will cover the whole process from applying a project in the de.NBI cloud to the deployment of a web service in the de.NBI cloud infrastructure. Thereby, we will focus on scalable deployment via docker swarm. As an example we will create and deploy a small R-Shiny application.

Organizer: Martin Braun (BIH Berlin)
Estimated length: ~4 hours


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