Genomics Data Network

A new high-capacity data network for scientists to help battle cancer and combat the COVID-19 crisis.

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About GDN

LMT and MikroTik have joined forces to provide a high-capacity data network to Latvian scientists. The network offers a 10 Gbps data transfer rate that significantly decreases the amount of time needed for genome data relocation.

The digital size of a genome is measurable in hundreds of gigabytes, and increasing the data transfer rate can significantly accelerate the work of scientists battling with COVID-19 as well as conducting research projects on cancer and other severe diseases.

Enabling scientists with such a high-capacity data network is a significant step towards further development of 5G solutions for medical and scientific purposes.

GDN presentation (Last updated 29.11.2022)

Access to multiple data storage servers locations
Create handy virtual networks for specific institutions
Use current 10 Gbps data transfer between institutions (100 Gbps upgrade already in progress)
Access to 1 Gbps Internet connection
Copy/synchronize the data easily over GDN between multiple locations

Members of the GDN working group

Lauris Cikovskis

Lauris Cikovskis

Director of RTU HPC
John Tully

John Tully

CEO of SIA Mikrotīkls
Jānis Grēviņš

Jānis Grēviņš

Director of RBS
Ingmārs Pūķis

Ingmārs Pūķis

Board member of LMT
Zigmunds Zitmanis

Zigmunds Zitmanis

Director of IT at RSU
Dāvids Fridmanis

Dāvids Fridmanis

PhD Senior Researcher Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Center
Rolands Lappuķe

Rolands Lappuķe

External Smart Technology Adviser to the President of Latvia


With equipment donated by MikroTik and fiber connection provided by LMT, these facilities become a part of a single high-speed network.

Previously, the procedure of genome data transfer took several days, which was sometimes sped up by physically transporting the data between locations on external drives. Now the digital transfer of a single COVID-19 genome project takes mere minutes.

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Speed & upgrade plans

Data from a single genome takes up at least 100-400 gigabytes. Genomic data transfer can now be done within a few minutes. Here is the GDN performance progress so far:

In the near future, the network will be upgraded to a 100 Gbps data transfer rate, using MikroTik devices that will be released soon.

Use cases


You can use GDN to connect to the High performance computing (HPC) cluster.

10G login node:
100G login node:


Galaxy is an open platform for supporting data intensive research with focus on biomedical data (for example, genome, transcriptome, proteome) analyses. The analyses can be performed using graphical tools and hence could be easily performed also by non-bioinformaticians. Access to this galaxy can be requested by sending an email to You should be able to auto-register also with your RTU HPC cluster credentials. Any requests regarding tools or reference datasets can be sent to support e-mail as well.

Login node: