BiRD provides a cluster IT infrastructure associated with storage. This computing resource is enhanced by many bioinformatics tools, more particularly dedicated to NGS data analysis.

This computing cluster is composed of:

  • 14 dual-processor Intel Xeon nodes (832 threads total)
  • 3.8 TB RAM
  • associated with ~400 TB of BeeGFS storage and ~600 TB of secured CEPH storage.

This equipment is located in the datacenter of the University of Nantes.

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 Data storage policy on BiRD

Different personal storage spaces, described on BiRD-cluster portal, are available for different purposes (working dir, data...).

You can have a project space "shares" (which can be shared with collaborators). Quotas on shares are sized on request and invoiced on an annual fee basis.

Request a project space


  •     with command line, on the frontal server of the computing cluster (SSH protocol):

ssh -X

Jobs must be submitted through the SGE scheduler.
A portal contains the necessary information to access the cluster and know the tools and resources installed:

For further information, please contact