When consulting with CTS, the University of York found their expertise and level of engagement the key driver in developing a partnership to implement Google Compute Engine. Chong explained: “The team at CTS were amazing. They understood what we were trying to achieve straight away, and helped us get there. It was the people that made the decision for us.”
Working with CTS, the York team started running the genome assembly with 3TB of disk space but found they needed even more storage. CTS created a ‘Quick Start’ five day tailored training package that enabled the research team to get started with their cloud solutions with specific tools and knowledge that they needed. Within these five days they had solved the problem: completing their pipeline for the first time and on a single Google Compute VM set up as virtual 96 core server attached to a 4x8TB striped LVM partition. It is a great example of being able to perform research that was previously not possible, with the scale and capabilities of Google Cloud.
The success of the deployment will have a huge impact on the researchers at the University of York, especially in the way they work. Ashton said; “We hadn’t been able to run this workflow at all, but using Google VMs makes this metagenome assembly possible, accessible to more researchers, and more affordable. With the power of Google Compute, it has made our work much easier, accurate and it’s more responsive.”
“The team is what makes CTS, you become a partnership and everyone is really helpful. Especially Tim Ellis-Smith, he is great at what he does, invaluable resource and quite frankly essential to the whole project – we couldn’t do it without him.”
Working with CTS, the research team at the University of York were able to complete the metagenome assembly for 60 gigabases of microbial DNA by using the power of Google Compute Engine. With already seeing great benefits such as up time and scaling, the research team believe that scalable solutions like Google Cloud will be crucial to next-generation gene assembly and are already reviewing large projects that will be used on Google Cloud Platform.