Release notes

August 1st, 2017

NewElastic 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 workflows because it provides the ability to optimize your computation by giving you greater control over requirements and costs.

To learn more about EBS customization, please see our documentation.

Passing through EBS charges from AWS

Along with the introduction of EBS customization, there will be changes in the way that you are billed for Elastic Block Storage and Amazon Web Services (AWS) costs on the Platform. Starting on August 1, you will see an additional charge on the task overview page and your bill when you use EBS disk space. Information about the instance and EBS usage cost is available on the tooltip on the task overview page, next to the total price. Before August 1, you will see a $0 charge for attached disk space.

Why will I be charged more when I use EBS disk space?

When AWS introduced EBS they changed their pricing structure to charge separately for the compute and storage. AWS charges ~$0.10 per GB*h/month for EBS disk space. Up to now, Seven Bridges has paid costs for EBS usage on your behalf, however starting on August 1, along with the capability to fully customize EBS, we will begin passing through EBS costs. Our policy is to to be completely transparent around your AWS charges and to not charge a premium to access AWS services through the Platform.

Check out our documentation for more information on EBS charging.

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April 14th, 2017

NewSimons 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 divergent human populations that are not well-represented in other datasets, which makes the SGDP dataset ideal for interrogating the genomic landscape of different populations.

This dataset is available for analysis under the Public projects tab of the top navigation bar. You won’t pay for storage of the raw data files: copy the entire project or select files into your own project on the Platform to take conduct further analysis. Or, compare SGDP data alongside of your own data.

Learn more about using the SGDP public project.

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March 31st, 2017

NewExport 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 volume but the source file will remain on the Platform. Learn more from our documentation.

ImprovementsInteractive Analysis improvements

The Seven Bridges Platform features interactive visualization toolkits to help you interpret the results of analyses on the Platform and to assess the quality of the data obtained. We’ve reorganized the Interactive Analysis space into a dashboard which displays all available apps as well as the number of files from your analysis which can be viewed with each app. Easily switch between apps using the app switcher feature in the app’s header. Collaboration is also easier than ever: share exactly what you see in an app via the URL in the navigation bar. Collaborators can follow the URL to see the exact files you’re working on and the same displays you see.

Currently available apps include the Genome Browser and VCF Benchmarking. Learn more about these apps below.

VCF Benchmarking

Use the VCF Benchmarking app to benchmark a set of variant calls. Select and open multiple .bench_sqlite report files from the File browser page in your project. Then, continue to the VCF Benchmarking app to see selected files, including all values and a chart for each of the reports. This makes it possible to compare multiple files.

Genome Browser

The Genome Browser is our in-house genome browser for exploring alignment files. We’ve improved the Genome Browser to behave like an app in the Interactive Analysis space. Core functions remain the same.

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February 10th, 2017


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


We’ve released a new version of the Python bindings for our API, sevenbridges-python 0.7.0, which includes some major updates.

Note that the format for storing your API credentials as well as the location of the configuration file have changed. Please update your configuration file before using the configuration file in your API scripts.

The old configuration file will continue to work if you do not update the API bindings.

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December 19th, 2016

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.

Select Export metadata manifest to export your project files’ metadata as an editable manifest file. Use this manifest file to modify the file metadata. Conversely, use Export metadata manifest from filtered files to export and modify the metadata for a subset of your project files based on the filters you’ve applied.

Select Import metadata manifest to import a manifest file to the Platform and apply the metadata contained in that file to all the files in your project.

Note that a manifest file is formatted as a .CSV file.

Learn more about this feature from our Knowledge Center.

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December 19th, 2016

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 fully-functional software and clickable mocks.

Task Execution: documentation update

Check out our new documentation on advanced methods to optimize analysis cost and execution time. Learn more about the following:

  • Correctly set a tool’s CPU and memory requirements as you create or port tools to the Platform
  • Parallelize critical tools to help the Platform select the right instance for the job as you develop workflows.

Used correctly, these techniques help accelerate your workflows and lower their cost.

Use manifest files to set metadata in the Seven Bridges Uploader

Use a manifest file to upload large batches of files along with their metadata in the Seven Bridges Uploader. This is similar to the functionality already present in the Command Line Uploader. Learn more from our documentation.

Filter by and set custom metadata

Custom metadata fields are visible via the visual interface. You can set the values for these fields from the Files tab of your project or from that individual file’s page. Use these custom metadata fields for filtering alongside of preset fields. Note that you cannot create new metadata fields on the visual interface. However, you can create custom metadata fields using the API.

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