While utilizing a great number of readily available application packages, a lot of our research staff rely on custom built applications to get the best results in the post processing stages of their data. Detailed discussions between the team and research staff ensure these applications do exactly what they are meant to do while implementing all security protocols to prevent intrusion and tampering.
Pipelines for processing are built from a variety of scripts written in Perl, PHP, C and a host of other languages and the team also assists in setting up websites and portals not only for research but for administrative needs as well. These range from writing facility booking systems from the ground up for different departments to setting up payment gateways for conferences as and when necessary.
The team is also responsible for the popular BioSLAX Live Media System (2006-2014) a highly portable media bootable compressed Linux operating system with over 300 bioinformatics tools suitable for both research and learning and was used extensively to conduct training courses under the umbrella of the Asia Pacific BioInformatics Network (APBioNET). It was also used to set up the Bioinformatics Resource Node of Vietnam at Bio-IBT, the Bioinformatics Resource Server of the Institute of Biotechnology, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology. Utilizing BioSLAX on the the Xenserver hypervisors with a self written middle ware, the team were also able to create an automated on-demand instantiable database/application repository for APBioNet called the BioDB 100 project allowing researchers to archive their works as reinstantiable modules for BioSLAX and depositing these modules in a central repository.
With the ever expanding size of portable media enabling entire Linux distributions and applications to be installed directly onto them without compression, the BioSLAX project and subsequently other projects BioSLAX was used in, were put into archive mode in 2014. However there are discussion to revive the project, utilizing Docker or Ubuntu Snaps in place of modules.
The team also hosts one of the nodes in the longest running (since 1997!) bio-database repositories, the Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) BioMirrors Project – a world BioInformatics public service for high speed access to up-to-date DNA & protein biological sequence databanks and the automatic download and curation of these datasets is done via a pipeline written internally by the team.