Persephone was originally designed as a genome viewer for gene predictors. It allows users to align various types of evidence with gene models and assess the quality of gene prediction.
Later, the tool evolved to visualize genetic maps, QTLs, SNPs, synteny, etc. and to facilitate fast navigation in the ever-expanding world of genomic information.
Today, Persephone is a state-of-the-art industrial scale genome browser, capable of rapidly showing large data sets due to unique compression algorithms, optimized data transfer, and a fast rendering engine that engages cutting-edge technologies borrowed from gaming industry.
The whole Persephone framework consists of a database, an API server that handles communications, a BLAST server, the loader utility to populate the database, and the main client application. Users can also quickly visualize their data without loading to the database, just by dragging and dropping local files or reading them from remote locations via URL.
Persephone is used in large corporations on a daily basis and continues to uphold its reputation for stability, power, and versatility.