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Info: RAST Access Problems

A number of users have recently reported problems accessing their data.
There have been two primary causes.

First, they have been going to <http://rast.theseed.org/>; please note this is not RAST's canonical address, it is an alias.
RAST's canonical address is <https://rast.nmpdr.org/>, and it is this canonical address that will provide you with the most reliable access to RAST.

Second, we have recently converted RAST from using unencrypted HTTP to encrypted HTTPS, and many users appear to have not yet updated their bookmarks. So it is possible that you are having problems due to using a stale URL or bookmark.

So as a first step, we recommend trying the following:

  1. Make sure that you are logged out of RAST and that all RAST webpages are closed.
  2. Update your RAST bookmark if you have one to the new secure encrypted URL: <https://rast.nmpdr.org/>.
    Again, please note that the new secure RAST URL now begins with 'https', not 'http'!
  3. Clear your web browser's web cache and cookies, as they may contain stale copies of the RAST webpages
  4. Repeat your login attempt.

If the above procedure does not resolve your problem, please contact us via the RAST Administrator address, <rast@mcs.anl.gov>, and we will investigate further.


RAST Storage Server Still Down :-(
Oldest Jobs are Offline. Recovery effort is In Progress

The storage-server that crashed Sunday Feb-23 crashed again Tuesday Feb-25. :-(
This server hosted the "slow" disks containing older RAST jobs; the affected range of job-numbers is #96151 — #246544, and the affected period of submission-dates is 2013-Jul-01 — 2015-Apr-14. As far as we currently know, the data on the disks was not harmed; only the filesystem server controlling access to the files has failed.

In the short term, to restore access to more recent jobs we have dismounted the disks that were controlled by the failed server; however, unfortunately this means that the affected range of jobs will temporarily be inaccessible until we are able to transfer the data to a stable fileserver. We are continuing to work to recover the data from the failed server, and hope to complete restoration by April-15.

We apologize for this inconvenience, and thank you for your patience while we resolve this issue.


Info: RASTtk is now the Default Pipeline for All Jobs

As of Jan-21, RASTtk is now the default RAST pipeline for Batch Jobs as well as Web Jobs.
"Classic RAST" will remain available for batch jobs, but you will need to explicitly select it.

We are tentatively planning to terminate "Classic RAST" service altogther after 2020-Mar-31,
unless there is demand for its continuation. Users who wish for continued support of "Classic RAST"
should contact us via the RAST Adminstrator's address, rast@mcs.anl.gov


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What is RAST?

RAST (Rapid Annotation using Subsystem Technology) is a fully-automated service for annotating complete or nearly complete bacterial and archaeal genomes. It provides high quality genome annotations for these genomes across the whole phylogenetic tree.

We have a number of presentations and tutorials available:

As the number of more or less complete bacterial and archaeal genome sequences is constantly rising, the need for high quality automated initial annotations is rising with it. In response to numerous requests for a SEED-quality automated annotation service, we provide RAST as a free service to the community. It leverages the data and procedures established within the SEED framework to provide automated high quality gene calling and functional annotation. RAST supports both the automated annotation of high quality genome sequences AND the analysis of draft genomes. The service normally makes the annotated genome available within 12-24 hours of submission.

Please note that while the SEED environment and SEED data structures (most prominently FIGfams) are used to compute the automatic annotations, the data is NOT added into the SEED automatically. Users can however request inclusion of a their genome in the SEED. Once annotation is completed, genomes can be downloaded in a variety of formats or viewed online. The genome annotation provided does include a mapping of genes to subsystems and a metabolic reconstruction.

To be able to contact you once the computation is finished and in case user intervention is required, we request that users register with email address.

If you use the results of this annotation in your work, please cite:

  • The RAST Server: Rapid Annotations using Subsystems Technology.
    Aziz RK, Bartels D, Best AA, DeJongh M, Disz T, Edwards RA, Formsma K, Gerdes S, Glass EM, Kubal M, Meyer F, Olsen GJ, Olson R, Osterman AL, Overbeek RA, McNeil LK, Paarmann D, Paczian T, Parrello B, Pusch GD, Reich C, Stevens R, Vassieva O, Vonstein V, Wilke A, Zagnitko O.
    BMC Genomics, 2008, [ PubMed entry ]
  • The SEED and the Rapid Annotation of microbial genomes using Subsystems Technology (RAST).
    Overbeek R, Olson R, Pusch GD, Olsen GJ, Davis JJ, Disz T, Edwards RA, Gerdes S, Parrello B, Shukla M, Vonstein V, Wattam AR, Xia F, Stevens R.
    Nucleic Acids Res. 2014 [ PubMed entry ]
  • RASTtk: A modular and extensible implementation of the RAST algorithm for building custom annotation pipelines and annotating batches of genomes.
    Brettin T, Davis JJ, Disz T, Edwards RA, Gerdes S, Olsen GJ, Olson R, Overbeek R, Parrello B, Pusch GD, Shukla M, Thomason JA, Stevens R, Vonstein V, Wattam AR, Xia F.
    Sci Rep., 2015, [ PubMed entry ]

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN272200900040C and the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0850546.