User Centric Genomics Infrastructure: trends and technologies

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Genomics is both data and compute intensive discipline. The success of genomics depends on adequate IT infrastructure that can address growing data demands and enable a diverse range of resource-intensive computational activities. Designing a suitable Infrastructure is a challenging task, and its success largely depends on adoption by its users. In this article we take a user centric view of the genomics, where users are Bioinformaticians, Computational Biologists, and Data Scientists. We try to take their point of view on how traditional computational activities for genomics are expanding due to data growth, and introduction of Big Data and Cloud tech- nologies. The changing landscape of computational activities and new user requirements will influence the design of future genomics infrastructures.