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Release note 10.09.17

Emile Young · 6 days ago

Seven Bridges Command Line Interface

We are rolling out the release of Seven Bridges Command Line Interface (version 0.5.0) which will make our public API accessible through the command line as well.

You can use the SB CLI to leverage the functionalities of our API to interact with the Platform...

    Release note 09.04.17

    Emile Young · about a month ago

    Query validation

    We've implemented a system to help you generate queries with a meaningful sample size of data. For instance, if you add more than three entities (e.g. Case, Sample, File) without applying any filters, the Data Browser prompts you to add one or more properties with specific values...

      Release note 08.28.17

      Emile Young · about a month ago

      Support for Amazon Web Services Spot Instances

      Seven Bridges has introduced support for Spot instances on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) deploy of the Platform. Spot instance support can be selected as a default for projects and and an option for each task execution. By selecting a spot instance...

        Release note 08.01.17

        Emile Young · 2 months ago

        Elastic Block Storage customization feature


        On August 1, we released a feature that provides you with the ability to customize the amount of Elastic Block Storage (EBS) disk space attached to different Amazon instance configurations. EBS customization is useful for bioinformatics wor...

          Release note 04.14.17

          Emile Young · 6 months ago

          Simons Genome Diversity Project (SGDP) Dataset

          The Simons Genome Diversity Project (SGDP) Open Access dataset contains complete genome sequences from 130 diverse human populations. It is the largest dataset of diverse, high-quality human genome sequences ever reported and includes many deeply div...

            Release note 3.31.17

            Emile Young · 6 months ago

            Export to volumes: Copy-only parameter

            We've added an Advance Access copy-only parameter to the Start an Export job request for Volumes. This means that, while it is fully operational, it is subject to change. If this parameter, copy_only, is set to true, the specified file will be copied to a vo...

              Creating a bulletproof workflow

              Marko Marinkovic · 7 months ago

              Many bioinformaticians will have experienced the frustration of inexplicably failed analyses, incorrect outputs, or inconsistent results. When dealing with complex tools and gigabytes or even terabytes of data, it is particularly important to minimize the potential for human error in your analyses. ...

                Release note 2.10.17

                Emile Young · 8 months ago

                Data Browser: Copy all files

                Choose to copy files from a specific File node or from all File nodes on the Data Browser canvas. Learn more about this feature.

                sevenbridges-python 0.7.0

                We've released a new version of the Python bindings for our API, [sevenbridg...

                  Release note 02.03.17

                  Emile Young · 8 months ago

                  Data Browser: Copy all files

                  Choose to copy files from a specific File node or from all File nodes on the Data Browser canvas. Learn more about this feature.

                    Making efficient use of compute resources

                    Andrea Szollossi · 9 months ago

                    The non-trivial matter of optimising compute resources available for your analysis is brought into the spotlight. We discuss when you might benefit from optimising the compute resources available for your analysis as well as how you can achieve this on the Seven Bridges Platform. Examples of effecti...

                      Release note 12.19.16

                      Emile Young · 10 months ago

                      Seven Bridges Sonar

                      Seven Bridges Sonar is a novel platform which allows users to rapidly explore and answer questions spanning genomic and phenomic dimensions and learn from data as it accumulates. On Monday, Dec. 19, we are releasing the Advanced Access (AA) version of Sonar. This is a mix of f...

                        Release note 12.12.16

                        Emile Young · 10 months ago

                        Export and import manifest files

                        Take advantage of new options, Export metadata manifest and Import metadata manifest, from the drop-down menu of the Files tab within a project, as shown below.

                          Release note 11.28.16

                          Emile Young · 10 months ago

                          JavaScript cookbook

                          Check out our new JavaScript cookbook, which provides examples of expressions that are entered in the Tool Editor when wrapping a tool for use on the Platform.

                            Release note 11.21.16

                            Emile Young · 10 months ago

                            Improve display of user-defined reports

                            We’ve improved the display of base64html files. To access an expanded view of the report, select the file from the Files tab in your project dashboard. Then, click Expand report to view the base64html file fullscreen in a new tab.

                            Developer Dashb...

                              Developing tools on the Seven Bridges Platform using Docker automated build

                              Marko Marinkovic · 11 months ago

                              This blog post will introduce a solution to enable rapid, iterative development of tools on the Seven Bridges Platform. We will use Dockerfiles – files containing instructions on building a Docker image – and Docker Hub's automated build feature. In short, Docker automated build will use an associat...

                                Did you know: define metadata for your data

                                Emile Young · 11 months ago

                                You can define any metadata fields you like for your Platform files via the command-line uploader or the API.

                                  Release note 11.14.16

                                  Emile Young · 11 months ago

                                  Group parameter settings

                                  View parameter settings grouped by the apps they belong to on task-related pages, such as the Draft Task page and Task page. This functionality allows you to toggle between viewing:

                                  • all parameters for all apps within your workflow
                                  • editable parameters
                                  • only the ...

                                    Did you know: Docker for Windows

                                    Emile Young · 11 months ago

                                    The Seven Bridges SDK now supports Windows in addition to Linux and OS X. Learn more about installing Docker on Windows.

                                      Release note 11.07.16

                                      Emile Young · 11 months ago

                                      Documentation update: Tool tips and tricks

                                      Check out our new pages on tips and tricks for tools. These pages go over making files available in your tool’s working directory, [setting the default value for an...

                                        Did you know: Contextual help

                                        Emile Young · 11 months ago

                                        You can click the question mark icon located at the top of each page of the Platform's visual interface to get contextual documentation help. For instance, you can see the following on the Files tab of a project:

                                          Release note 10.24.16

                                          Emile Young · 11 months ago

                                          sevenbridges-python error handling

                                          sevenbridges-python 0.6.0 adds error handling libraries to overcome rate limits and platform issues. Users can also add detailed error logging.

                                          Working with Volumes

                                          We've updated our tutorials on working with volumes for both S3 and Google Cloud Storage b...

                                            Release note 10.17.16

                                            Emile Young · 12 months ago

                                            Create and use folders via the API

                                            You can organize your project files within folders via specific API requests. The Folders functionality is an advanced access feature, which means specific feature details are subject to change. Each project is a root folder containing all your project files. Cr...

                                              Release note 10.10.16

                                              Emile Young · 12 months ago

                                              Visual interface improvements for adding files and apps

                                              We've updated the visual interface of the Platform to make adding files and apps intuitive and convenient. For instance, you can browse and add apps from the Seven Bridges Public Apps repository, all without leaving your project.

                                                Release note 10.03.16

                                                Emile Young · about a year ago

                                                job.tree.log for job executions

                                                After each job execution, the Platform will generate a job.tree.log file. This file contains the structure of the working directory and can be useful in the debugging process. Learn more from our documentation...

                                                  Did you know: Suggested files

                                                  Emile Young · about a year ago

                                                  Our bioinformaticians have curated a set of recommended input files for each public workflow to simplify and optimize the process of selecting input files when setting up an analysis.


                                                    Release note 09.27.16

                                                    Emile Young · about a year ago

                                                    Graph-based Whole Genome Sequencing Analysis app (Priority access)

                                                    We're releasing a Whole Genome Sequencing Analysis app based on our graph genome technology. This highly efficient app calls accu...

                                                      Did you know: View and save all task logs

                                                      Emile Young · about a year ago

                                                      You can save and view all task logs produced during a task. These logs include the explicit commands used to execute your task (cmd.log) and details of the execution, including input and output data, metadata and resources used (job.json). The Platform saves these logs by default for tasks init...

                                                        Release note 09.05.16

                                                        Emile Young · about a year ago

                                                        This week, we have a few exciting features to announce! Please read on for more details. As always, don't hesitate to reach out to our team if you have any feedback.

                                                        Tag files via the API

                                                        Previously, we introduced file tagging on the visual interface to facilitate finding and organizing your dat...

                                                          Release note 08.22.16

                                                          Emile Young · about a year ago

                                                          This week, we have a few exciting features to announce! Please read on for more details. As always, don't hesitate to reach out to our team if you have any feedback.

                                                          Set metadata using a manifest file

                                                          Adding metadata to files just got easier. You can now import tabular m...

                                                            Release note 08.08.16

                                                            Emile Young · about a year ago

                                                            Updated Genome Browser

                                                            The genome browser now supports visualization of BAM files aligned with GRCh38 and hg38. Learn more from our documentation.

                                                              Release note 08.01.16

                                                              Emile Young · about a year ago

                                                              Better Feedback Form

                                                              We love hearing how researchers use our Platform, and ways that we can make it better.

                                                              To make it easier for you, we've made some improvements to our feedback collection feature. Enhancements are subtle, but it is now easier for your to shape your feedback as idea, problem ...

                                                                Recent improvements to the Seven Bridges Platform

                                                                Emile Young · about a year ago

                                                                Over the last several weeks we’ve added a number of features to make it easier for you to use the Seven Bridges Platform to learn more from your data even more efficiently. We are shifting from announcing changes on a per-version basis to a calendar-based cycle which more accurately reflects our cu...

                                                                  What happens when I run a task?

                                                                  Aleksandar Gazibara · about a year ago

                                                                  Each time you run a tool or a workflow on the Seven Bridges Platform, you create a task. The task goes through several different phases before it is finally completed. A change in its status, displayed in the upper left corner of the task page, marks off each phase, as shown below.

                                                                    Customizing your tasks on the Seven Bridges Platform

                                                                    Marko Marinkovic · about a year ago

                                                                    This blog post will provide an overview of how hints can be used to customize tasks on the Seven Bridges Platform. In the context of the Platform, "hints" are parameters that are entered in the visual interface and allow you to configure or override some of the predefined ways in which apps and task...

                                                                      Announcing the release of Seven Bridges' API clients in R and Python

                                                                      Kate Hodesdon · about a year ago

                                                                      The Seven Bridges Application Programming Interface (API) has allowed our users to automate, extend, and customize their analysis pipelines. We currently have more than 50 officially supported calls and some additional calls in the Advanced Access Program. We use a REST architecture with calls detai...

                                                                        Release notes 3.29

                                                                        Kate Hodesdon · about a year ago

                                                                        This week, we updated the way that files are validated when setting up a task on the Platform. From now, there will be better, more informative error messages when you set an input that requires a secondary (index) file that is not found in the project.

                                                                          Release notes 3.28

                                                                          Kate Hodesdon · about a year ago

                                                                          This week, we released a new Python library with bindings for the API. See the external documentation hosted on readthedocs for details.

                                                                            Release notes 3.27

                                                                            Kate Hodesdon · about a year ago

                                                                            This week, we have released support to modify the way that tasks handle batching via the API.

                                                                            We've also released functionality to configure the instance types used in a task.

                                                                            To support the documentation on the instances used in tasks, we released details of the...

                                                                              The new normal: portable workflows

                                                                              Kate Hodesdon · about a year ago

                                                                              Since 2014, researchers around the world, including engineers and scientists at Seven Bridges, have been developing the Common Workflow Language (CWL) specification. The ambitious goal of this project is to enable portable, reproducible and scalable biomedical data analysi...

                                                                                Release notes 3.25

                                                                                Kate Hodesdon · about a year ago

                                                                                This week we enabled tasks to be run in batches, improving the way that the Platform performs at scale. We also released a new API that lets you run analyses using files housed in your own AWS or Google cloud storage, without the need to import them to the Platform.

                                                                                  Release notes 3.24

                                                                                  Kate Hodesdon · about a year ago

                                                                                  This week we deployed two major additions to the API and a nice improvement to the notes feature. Details below.

                                                                                  We've also added a tutorials section to the documenta...

                                                                                    Release notes 3.23

                                                                                    Kate Hodesdon · about a year ago

                                                                                    This week saw ongoing updates, but no significant new features deployed to the Seven Bridges Platform.

                                                                                      Release notes 3.22

                                                                                      Kate Hodesdon · about a year ago

                                                                                      Improved task stats

                                                                                      This week we improved the way that statistics and logs for tasks (app executions) are presented on the Platform.

                                                                                      You can now see a timeline showing the jobs run for each task, and explore their logs. See the documentation here...

                                                                                        Release notes 3.21

                                                                                        Kate Hodesdon · about a year ago

                                                                                        This week we deployed some updates to the Seven Bridges API.

                                                                                        The public API v2 now supports file filtering.
                                                                                        This means that you can request information about files in a specified project, with further specific names, metadata, or which were produced by a...

                                                                                          Release notes 3.20

                                                                                          Kate Hodesdon · about a year ago

                                                                                          This week saw several new features go to the Seven Bridges Platform.

                                                                                            Projects on the Seven Bridges Platform: some differences for AWS and Google Cloud users

                                                                                            Seven Bridges · about a year ago

                                                                                            We recently deployed the Seven Bridges Platform on Google’s cloud infrastructure. This means that we can offer new Seven Bridges users a choice of underlying platform service provider: either Amazon Web Services (AWS), who have powered our Platform to date, or G...