Release notes

April 8th, 2019

NewMemoization (beta)

When defining task execution settings, you can now enable memoization. Achieve significant time and cost optimization of your project workload by letting the Platform reuse existing results of your previous runs. Memoization can be enabled at project or task level, where the task-level setting overrides the project-level one.

Learn more from our documentation.

NewMultiple datasets selection for querying in Data Browser

With multiple dataset selection for simultaneous querying, you are now able to start data querying in Data Browser by selecting more than one dataset. This allows you to search selected datasets by common entities (e.g. Case) and property values (e.g. male for the gender property), and get combined results from selected datasets. In addition, you can select only those instances for an entity (e.g. Case identifier) that are common in all selected datasets, if such instances are available. Those can then be filtered further by other entities/properties that the common instances have in selected datasets.

Additionally, the List (table) view on the Data Browser page has been removed and priority has been given to the Detail page.

ImprovementsImproved organization of Public Reference Files

The Public Reference Files gallery has been renamed into Public Files and split into two categories, Public Reference Files and Public Test Files, where the former holds all common reference files, while the latter contains common test samples. Both of these categories can be accessed from the Data menu on the main menu bar.

This change does not affect the API, so all related API calls remain the same.

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April 1st, 2019

NewAdded support for GPU Instances

The first family of GPU instances we’re introducing is Amazon EC2 P2. P2 Instances are powerful, scalable instances that provide GPU-based parallel compute capabilities. Designed for general-purpose GPU compute applications using CUDA and OpenCL, these instances are ideally suited for machine learning, molecular modeling, genomics, rendering, and other workloads requiring massive parallel floating point processing power. NVIDIA drivers come preinstalled and optimized according to the Amazon best practice for the specific instance family and are accessible from the Docker container.

The following instances have been added:

  • p2.xlarge
  • p2.8xlarge
  • p2.16xlarge

Learn more about GPU instances on the Platform.

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March 18th, 2019

Spot Instances enabled by default on project creation

In order to promote execution cost optimization, Spot Instances are now enabled by default when creating a new project through the visual interface or the API, unless you have specifically set otherwise. This setting can later be changed from the project settings page, or overridden per task on the draft task page. Learn more about Spot Instances on the Platform.

NewSupport for asynchronous bulk actions through the API

As a part of adding full support for folders and improving scalability, we have introduced asynchronous file system actions through the API. Currently supported actions are copy and delete, and these are enabled for both files and folders. There are five new API endpoints for async bulk actions which can be used for issuing copy and delete commands and for getting job statuses. This enables the following API actions which weren’t possible before:

  • Copy folder (along with the files it contains and the underlying folder structure)
  • Bulk copy of files and folders into different paths (project root or specific folder inside the project)
  • Delete non-empty folder

Learn more from our documentation.

ImprovementsImproved layout of the draft task page

In order to streamline the preparation process for task execution, both file inputs and app settings will now be available as two columns under the same tab named Task Inputs on the draft task page. Spot Instance configuration will be moved to the second tab on the draft task page, named Execution Settings. This tab will also serve as the central and unique location for all settings related to task execution that will be added in the future.

ImprovementsSecurity enhancements

In order to enhance our comprehensive security framework and provide our enterprise customers with additional options for securing their data and analyses on the Seven Bridges Platform, we are introducing the following security enhancements:

  • Multi-factor authentication
  • Shorter idle session logout time

Multi-factor authentication

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) significantly decreases the risk of compromising user accounts. It is an additional layer of protection beyond your password and combines something you already know (password) with something you have (mobile phone). You will have the option to use your email or an authentication app as the second step in the authentication procedure, or use backup codes if the preferred authentication method is not available. We also offer the popular “remember me on this computer” option that increases the usability of this security feature, as you will not be asked for the second factor on a specific computer during a specific time period. Moreover, in case of problems with the login procedure, there will be an option to contact support directly from the login screen. Learn more about MFA from User documentation and Administrator documentation.

We also enable the enterprise administrator to:

  • Define whether multi-factor is forced on all users in an enterprise
  • Define whether the “remember me on this computer” option is available, as well as the number of days after which the user will be asked for the second factor again.

Shorter idle session logout time

We have reduced default idle session logout time to 1 hour on the Seven Bridges Platform (both USA and EU installations), thus enabling our enterprise customers to be compliant with the required security standards. This means that users who have been inactive for the defined period of time will be logged out. This will affect all Platform users.

Single sign-on

We would also like to remind you of our Single sign-on solution, which enables our enterprise users to integrate their own SAML-based single sign-on solution with the Platform. If you are an enterprise user, this way you can improve your security by minimizing the number of logins you need to manage for your users and re-use already existing security infrastructure, together with improving user experience. If you wish to set this up, feel free to contact our support.

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March 11th, 2019

Recently published apps

Metagenomics WGS Functional Profiling – HUMAnN2

HUMAnN2 (the HMP Unified Metabolic Analysis Network) is a tool used for efficiently and accurately determining the presence/absence and abundance of metabolic pathways in a microbial community from metagenomic sequencing data. It introduces a novel tiered search algorithm that provides highly accurate profiles for characterized members of microbial communities, with fallback to translated search for uncharacterized members.

Metagenomic WGS Functional Profiling – HUMAnN2 workflow provides a complete functional profiling analysis of input samples, designed to analyze several metagenomics samples in parallel.

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March 4th, 2019

NewData Cruncher – RStudio (beta)

In addition to JupyterLab, Data Cruncher now supports one more development environment, RStudio. You can choose between the two environments when setting up your Data Cruncher analysis.

Also, file saving rules have been deprecated, so all analysis files will be automatically saved in your analysis workspace on the Platform, regardless of their size or extension.

Learn more about RStudio in Data Cruncher from our documentation.


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February 4th, 2019

NewHuman Cell Atlas Preview Datasets public project

Human Cell Atlas Preview Datasets are now available as a public project on the Seven Bridges Platform. The project contains files released to the research community within the first three single-cell sequencing datasets as “Human Cell Atlas Preview Datasets”. The available datasets are:

  • Census of Immune Cells
  • Ischaemic Sensitivity of Human Tissue
  • Melanoma Infiltration of Stromal and Immune Cells

The Human Cell Atlas

Launched in 2016, the Human Cell Atlas (HCA) is an international collaborative effort to catalog all the cells in the human body in terms of their distinctive patterns of gene expression, physiological states, developmental trajectories, and location to understand how genetic variants impact disease risk, define drug toxicities, discover better therapies, and advance regenerative medicine. Learn more.

Read the documentation and see the Human Cell Atlas Preview Datasets public project on the Seven Bridges Platform.

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January 21st, 2019

ImprovementsFolders as task inputs and outputs

When selecting inputs for a task, you will now be able to select an entire folder for input ports that are set up to take folders as input values. This means that such input ports will take all files from the root of the selected folder and its subfolders. Folders can now also be displayed as app outputs, provided that the app itself is configured to produce output data in folder(s). This feature is available for CWL 1.0 apps only.

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January 14th, 2019

ImprovementsComputation backend improvements

We are making some improvements to our computation backend. These changes impact sbg:draft2 tasks only, mostly bringing some of their behaviors/capabilities in line with CWL 1.0 tasks.

The following are the changes:

Scattering improvement: When running sbg:draft2 workflows, you might notice a runtime improvement in some workflows that make use of chained scattering. There is no action needed on your part and you can continue running your apps as usual.

Docker entrypoints: The executor for sbg:draft2 apps now honors docker image entrypoints. If your sbg:draft-2 app refers to a Docker image that has a defined entrypoint, this previously ignored Docker feature will now be active. Please have this change in mind when running the app and do let us know if you notice any unexpected behavior.

Stage multiple files with the same name: If multiple files that have the same name are provided from an upstream tool to a staged input port of a downstream tool in a workflow, staging will work successfully as the files will now be renamed automatically. Please have this in mind if you are relying on file names during the processing steps in your workflows.

If you have any questions related to these changes, please contact our Support team at

Recently published apps

DeepVariant 0.7.2 is an analysis pipeline that uses a deep neural network to call genetic variants from next-generation DNA sequencing data. DeepVariant is highly accurate, robust, flexible and easy to use. To use DeepVariant on the Seven Bridges Platform, simply supply it with reads, reference, and select the desired model to use (WGS or WES).

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December 31st, 2018

Deprecation of Previous Generation instance types

To further optimize user workloads, we have decided to deprecate some of the oldest Previous Generation AWS instances.

The following AWS instance types are no longer supported through the Seven Bridges Platform:

  • m1.small
  • m1.medium
  • m1.large
  • m1.xlarge
  • m2.xlarge
  • m2.2xlarge
  • m2.4xlarge
  • c1.medium
  • c1.xlarge
  • cc2.8xlarge
  • cr1.8xlarge

Please see the full list of supported instance types and the official recommendation for Upgrade Paths from AWS.

If you have an app with one of these types set as instance type hint, it will automatically be migrated to use the most appropriate newer instance type.

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