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Info: NOTICE: Scheduled RAST Downtime, 2019-Sep-07--09

On Friday Sep-07 at 5:00PM CDT (20:00 GMT), the RAST queue will be put into "Flush Mode" to clear it for scheduled server-room upgrades starting on Saturday 2019-Sep-07, and lasting perhaps through Monday Sep-09. (If all goes well, we hope to restart RAST on Sunday Sep-08, but our Support Staff are allowing an extra day in case there are unforeseen problems with the upgrades.)

You may still upload new jobs and view your old jobs while the queue is being flushed. However, jobs uploaded during the flush period will not be released until after RAST comes back online.

We apologize for any inconvenience that may arise as a result of this scheduled outage.


To monitor RAST's load and view other news and statistics for RAST and the SEED, please visit "The Daily SEED."

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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:

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.