With next-generation DNA sequencing and other high-throughput technologies, high volumes of data production is assured. The ability to process and interpret these data, however, is a major limiting factor for discovery and innovation. The Canadian Centre for Computational Genomics (C3G) is working in partnership with Compute Canada and CANARIE (which operates the national High Performance Computing infrastructure and ultra-high-speed backbone network) to facilitate access to bioinformatics and computing resources for Genome Canada’s Genomics Innovation Network, as well as genomics researchers more broadly.
Specifically, C3G will focus on three areas: providing a unified service platform for genetic and epigenetic analyses across different research domains in the life sciences; installing and distributing a bioinformatics software suite on Compute Canada resources, making it broadly available and supporting it with a joint helpdesk; and further developing, deploying and commercializing open-source bioinformatics software solutions to facilitate data analysis.
C3G will be a national hub for analyzing genomic data for a broad research community, enabling health researchers and those in other life sciences domains to better analyze their data sets using advanced analytical methods and to gain access to high-performance computing resources. Its work will help realize the potential of genomics research and bring new insights to different fields in the life sciences.