CBRG Accounts

CBRG Bioinformatics Accounts

All members of the University of Oxford are eligible for an account with the CBRG.

Two types of account are available:

  • Full account
    • Secure, backed-up 10GB workspace + 0.5TB of disk space for NGS projects, with the option of expanding (an additional charge may apply for some users).
    • Access to our computer cluster
    • Over 200 bioinformatics programs (and any more that you ask us to install)
    • Access to all major bioinformatics databases
    • Proteomics analysis tools and databases
    • Free admission to all CBRG bioinformatics training courses
  • CBRG-Proteomics account
    • Allows access to Proteomics Facility analysis resources (Mascot and CPF Pipeline) only. No access to other CBRG bioinformatics facilities are available.
  • Imaging account
    • Allows access to the Harrier and Osprey servers for Huygens deconvolution analysis and GPU functionality. No access to other CBRG bioinformatics facilities are available. Email: dominic.waithe@imm.ox.ac.uk for additional information.

In addition to these in-house services members of the CBRG have extensive working knowledge of the ever-expanding bioinformatics resources on the web and can advise on the use of such tools for individual projects.

If you require support for larger projects or if you are unsure about how much bioinformatics support you will need please contact the CBRG team for further advice.


  • The CBRG cluster infrastructure is undergoing a process of transition from a legacy system running a CentOS 6 based environment with the Sun Grid Engine batch system to a more modern CentOS 7 based system running on new hardware.
  • At the time of writing (March 2017) this process has focussed on deploying roughly half of the new resource into the existing environment. Over time the capacity will be progressively migrated to the new system as demand moves across. When this is complete the core of the cluster will consist of twenty-four batch nodes, each with two Intel E5-2680 CPUs delivering 24 cores and 256GB of RAM per node. We also have a pair of large systems available for particularly memory intensive jobs, each of which has four Intel E7-8891 CPUs giving 40 cores and 1024GB of RAM per node.
  • Coupled to the compute cluster over 40Gbit/s Ethernet is a BeeGFS distributed filesystem consisting of four Dell MD3460 disk arrays each delivering approximately 250TB each for a total across the system of 1PB of space.
  • This core high-throughput analysis cluster is surrounded by supporting infrastructure including a range of web and application servers, virtual machine hosting, and backup storage.
Computational Resources:
  Nodes Cores each RAM each Cores total RAM total
Batch nodes 24 24 256GB 576 6TB
Large nodes 2 40 1TB 80 2TB

Account Charges

The charges below reflect the costs associated with the management and provision of increasingly large amounts of data created using new technologies such as next generation sequencing (NGS). The cost of obtaining full access to this service would represent a very small proportion of most research grants, and funding bodies almost always accept this small and easily justified additional cost. Therefore we would encourage all users and participating groups to offset the cost by adding the access charges to future grant requests.

  • Full account
    • Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) makes a service charge for all researchers to help fund the CBRG.
      There are no additional charges to open a CBRG account for scientists at the WIMM.
    • Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research (LICR) makes a service charge for all researchers to help fund the CBRG.
      There are no additional charges to open a CBRG account if you are based at the LICR.
    • Other Departments - A charge of £1000 for each account/username with the CBRG will be invoiced annually. A reminder email with the option to continue the subscription to the CBRG service will be sent one month prior to the account expiry date. Failure to take up this option will mean the account will be suspended.
      In addition, due to the increased cost of management and maintenance of disk there will a charge of £1000 per TB of additional disk space. This charge will be levied once 1.5TB is reached.
  • Proteomics account
  • Imaging account
    • These accounts are arranged on an ad hoc basis with a variable charge. Email: dominic.waithe@imm.ox.ac.uk for additional information.

Account Terms

These are the rules that govern CBRG account usage to which all users agree.

  • Each account may only be used by YOU the named applicant

  • Software must not be used for commercial applications

  • Original authors of software should be correctly cited in publications

  • You must comply with the Data Protection Act 1998

  • Other applicable University rules on computer use must be followed

  • Any work done using the CBRG computer systems or with the assistance of the CBRG team should be acknowledged

The CBRG reserves the right to deny access to anyone found violating these restrictions.

Acknowledgement in publications and presentations

Please note it is a condition of the service that any work done using the CBRG computer systems or with the assistance of the CBRG team should be acknowledged in publications or presentations in the following way:

I/We wish to acknowledge the Computational Biology Research Group, MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, Radcliffe Department of Medicine and University of Oxford for use of their services in this project. The facility is supported by the MRC Strategic Award to the institute.

If the contribution to the work is significant - for example, in depth analysis, tutorials or code development - please include the team member(s) as named author(s).

We would also appreciate any reference that is published to be emailed to genmail (genmail@molbiol.ox.ac.uk) so that we can build a list of publications that have used CBRG services. This will help to ensure the CBRG will continue to be funded.

CBRG Account Request

Account requests/renewals are now available via the WIMM website: