BGI

Elevating genome research through speedy data delivery

BGI and Aspera collaborate on high-speed data transfer for genome research advancement

 

BGI, the world’s largest genomics research institute, covers every field of genome research producing thousands of genomes a day. Previous methods of exchanging hard drives to get data to customers and partners had proved expensive, prone to human errors and overly time consuming.

BGI chose to integrate Aspera fasp™ high-speed file transfer technology with "EasyGenomics™," the institute’s latest cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform, and deployed the Aspera Connect Server to expand BGI’s high speed sequencing data delivery service.

In pilot studies at BGI, Aspera’s patented fasp transport dramatically improved delivery time, decreasing cost for partners and removing the need for shipping hard drives for the delivery of sequencing data. BGI developed EasyGenomics, a cloud-based bioinformatics solution, to liberate scientists from the burden of processing the huge amount of next-generation sequencing (NGS) data. With seamless integration of the Aspera Connect Server, EasyGenomics enables terabytes of NGS data to be exchanged on a global scale, allowing users to take full advantage of BGI’s well-recognized analysis capabilities, now built into the EasyGenomics platform.

Using the rich APIs available through Aspera Developer Network (ADN), fasp technology has been integrated directly into the web portal, powering high-speed import and export of sequencing data to and from the cloud platform. Easily integrated into any type of digital workflow, the Aspera Connect Server provides a web-based file transfer framework that serves as the foundation for the EasyGenomics website, delivering maximum data movement throughput over any distance with end-to-end security and exceptional bandwidth control, regardless of fluctuating network conditions.

“Aspera is the industry standard for the transport and management of large data files produced by life sciences,” said Sifei He, cloud product director at BGI. “Aspera’s superior file transfer speed, bandwidth management and reliability coupled with BGI’s newly released “EasyGenomics” bioinformatics platform, delivers a powerful solution for our customers and collaborators. Aspera’s flexible APIs allowed us to quickly complete the system integration and roll out the new service.”

“About one out of three of our customers are using the Aspera SDK to integrate fasp technology into their platforms,” said John Wastcoat, vice president at Aspera. “BGI was able to integrate superior transport capabilities directly into their application, while preserving complete transparency and end-user usability for the service.”

 

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“Aspera is the industry standard for the transport and management of large data files produced by life sciences."Sifei He, Cloud Product Director