The GVL features everything a genomics researchers are likely to need to complete their data-heavy work, including a middleware layer of machine images, Cloud management tools and the flexibility to spin up any sized compute clusters on demand, based on the task at hand.
While many of the tools, and access to the NeCTAR computing pool, have for some time been available to genomics researchers separately, the process to to piece all of the necessary elements has been complex and time consuming.
With the GVL, Professor Abramson is seeking to ensure that scientists are not wasting their valuable time, meaning they can focus on potentially life-saving discoveries.
Its success is evident in its rapid take up by the genomics research community. There is no doubt the team's efforts are already injecting much-needed research back into the life sciences field in Australia.
"The infrastructure we built makes genomics and biology researchers more efficient because they can focus on their science", Professor Abramson stated.
"The award is really a tribute to the work of the GVL team. The project was initiated by Dr. Mike Pheasant from the University of Queensland Institute of Molecular Bioscience, before I joined the University of Queensland in 2013."
The GVL team at RCC consists of Dr. Nicholas Hamilton, Dr. Igor Makunin and Derek Benson, as well as a team from the University of Melbourne, headed by Professor Andrew Lonie.