About Us

The CLIMB-BIG-DATA project (Cloud Infrastructure for Big Data Microbial Bioinformatics) is a collaboration between Universities of Warwick, Birmingham, Cardiff, Swansea, Oxford and Leicester, the MRC Unit the Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Quadram Institute Bioscience.

CLIMB-BIG-DATA is an ambitious 5-year initiative to deliver a cutting-edge scalable and dynamic bioinformatics platform to support academic research groups, government agencies and health service facing the challenges of big data in modern microbiology.  We provide cloud-based compute, storage, and analysis tools for microbiologists across the UK, accompanied by a wide range of bioinformatics training activities.

CLIMB-BIG-DATA is funded by the UK’s Medical Research Council through grant MR/T030062/1.


CLIMB, the CLIMB-BIG-DATA precursor, became an essential national capability for microbiologists in the UK, serving more than 900 users and over 300 research groups scattered across at least 85 research institutions—from Edinburgh to Exeter, from Belfast to Norwich—spanning universities and government agencies (e.g. PHE, PHW, APHA). CLIMB also won international recognition via 2017 HPC Wire Readers Choice Awards in Best Use of HPC in Life Sciences and Best HPC Collaboration in Academia, Government or Industry.

CLIMB was funded by the UK’s Medical Research Council through grant MR/L015080/1.

A paper describing CLIMB was published on Microbial Genomics in 2016.

To know more about CLIMB, here’s a video of Mark Pallen introducing the project during the launch event.

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Using Climb-big-data

How to register for an account and how to launch and access virtual machines

System Highlights

Processing power, storage and memory capacity

System Specifics

What hardware we use to power and run the system

Latest News


Farewell and New Beginnings: Changes at CLIMB-BIG-DATA

by Charles Pallen | Monday, July 22nd, 2024

Thank you, Nabil, and good luck! Welcome, Andrea!It is with mixed emotions that we announce that Nabil-Fareed Alikhan is leaving … Read More… Farewell and New Beginnings: Changes at CLIMB-BIG-DATA


Update: Birmingham Datacentre Up

by Lisa Marchioretto | Friday, July 5th, 2024

Wednesday, 10th July – 9:57 Birmingham Datacentre is up and running. Notebooks are up. Initial notice Friday, 5 July – … Read More… Update: Birmingham Datacentre Up