The Project


Vision: Transforming Science through Data-Driven Discovery.

Mission: To design, deploy, and expand a national Cyberinfrastructure for Life Sciences research, and to train scientists in its use.

CyVerse provides life scientists with powerful computational infrastructure to handle huge datasets and complex analyses, thus enabling data-driven discovery. Our extensible platforms provide data storage, bioinformatics tools, image analyses, cloud services, APIs, and more.

CyVerse is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Biological Sciences. We are a dynamic virtual organization led by the University of Arizona to fulfill a broad mission that spans our partner institutions: Texas Advanced Computing Center, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

What is Cyberinfrastructure?

Cyberinfrastructure (also known as CI or computational infrastructure) provides solutions to the challenges of large-scale computational science. Just as physical infrastructure such as laboratories makes it possible to collect data, the hardware, software, and people that comprise cyberinfrastructure make it possible to store, share, and analyze data. Using cyberinfrastructure, teams of researchers can attempt to answer questions that previously were unapproachable because the computational requirements were too large or too complex.

CyVerse cyberinfrastructure includes:

  • A data storage facility

  • An interactive, web-based, analytical platform

  • Cloud infrastructure to use remote servers for computation, analysis, and storage

  • Web authentication and security services

  • Support for scaling computational algorithms to run on large, high-speed computers

  • Education and training in how to use cyberinfrastructure

  • People with expertise in all of the above

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History

CyVerse was originally created by the National Science Foundation in 2008 with the name iPlant Collaborative to serve U.S. plant science communities; however, CyVerse cyberinfrastructure is germane to all life sciences disciplines. From its inception, iPlant quickly grew into a mature organization providing powerful resources and offering scientific and technical support services to researchers nationally and internationally. In 2015, iPlant was rebranded to CyVerse to emphasize an expanded mission to serve all life sciences. By democratizing access to supercomputing capabilities, we provide a crucial resource to enable scientists to find solutions for the future.

We rely upon your feedback to provide the infrastructure you need most to advance your science, development, and educational agenda. Community-driven needs shape our mission.