CLIMB (the Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics): an online resource for the medical microbiology community

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  • Thomas R Connor
  • Nicholas J Loman
  • Simon Thompson
  • Andy Smith
  • Joel Southgate
  • Radoslaw Poplawski
  • Matthew J Bull
  • Matthew Ismail
  • Simon Elwood- Thompson
  • Christine Kitchen
  • Martyn Guest
  • Marius Bakke
  • Samuel K Sheppard
  • Mark J Pallen

External organisations

  • Cardiff University
  • University of Birmingham
  • IT Services (Research Computing), University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK.
  • University of Warwick
  • Swansea University
  • University of Bath


The increasing availability and decreasing cost of high-throughput sequencing has transformed academic medical microbiology, delivering an explosion in available genomes while also driving advances in bioinformatics. However, many microbiologists are unable to exploit the resulting large genomics datasets because they do not have access to relevant computational resources and to an appropriate bioinformatics infrastructure. Here, we present the Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics (CLIMB) facility, a shared computing infrastructure that has been designed from the ground up to provide an environment where microbiologists can share and reuse methods and data.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e000086
JournalMicrobial Genomics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016


  • bioinformatics, population genomics, infrastructure, virtual laboratory, metagenomics, cloud computing