The Informatics Research Core Facility (IRCF) at the University of Missouri is a full-service Bioinformatics group at the University of Missouri. It offers a broad range of expertise and capabilities. Send an email (ircf at missouri dot edu) or stop by to discuss your interests — we’re in the Bond Life Sciences Center, suite 106.
Computational Infrastructure for Bioinformatics
An important part of what we do is facilitate the use of high-performance computing hardware to analyze biological data. Biologists have become adept at generating “Big Data” scale projects, but only a few have the expertise to manage and analyze their data directly. This is a key role the IRCF can play in the collection of strategies to finish a project. IRCF staff have extensive expertise in managing and analyzing massive data sets and designing strategies that bridge the distance from the bench to the bit.
At the University of Missouri, there are several options for accessing High-Performance Computing (HPC) resources. The most significant resource is the Lewis Cluster, which is managed by the Research Computing Support Services group. The IRCF manages a smaller development server where staff can work on developing pipelines and process user data when necessary. Finally, The IRCF can facilitate bridging projects from the local Lewis cluster to a cloud computing resource like AWS, the Google cloud or XSEDE.