Beast in the cloud

We've been running beast and mrbayes on several data sets lately, generally using ec2 to help us run multiple analyses simultaneously. Along those lines, I was interested in getting beast (using the beagle-lib running on ec2, to take advantage of their GPU HPC options (what a load of acronyms!). Anyway…

454 assembly on ec2

I recently came across a situation in which I needed to assemble some reads from a critter that we gathered from a couple of 454 sequencing runs. Unfortunately, the assembly of these runs using gsAssembler 2.5.3 required a bit more RAM than available on our local workstation running…