Huge amounts of data provide unique archaeogenomic insights
Revolutionizing the field of ancient DNA
Recent advances in DNA sequencing technologies and associated downstream analyses have revolutionized the field of ancient DNA. Nonetheless, these advances go hand in hand with an exponential growth in the amount of data that needs to be analyzed, stored and shared with collaborators.
Managing terabytes of data on the National e-infrastructure
In the Archaeogenomics group, we regularly work with terabytes of data. This work would simply not have been possible without the computational infrastructure provided by Sigma2. We use both the storage capacity provided by NIRD, as well as the high-performance computational capacity provided by Saga. Moreover, using Saga, it is straightforward to check which programs and which version of programs were used for particular analyses. Such information is essential for the reproducibility of our results, a fundamental requirement for science.
Finally, the fast connection of Saga to a range of servers around the world makes it possible to quickly download a large amount of publicly available sequence data for comparative purposes. This connection also allows us to quickly upload our data when we need to share this.