Originally, we have developed a de novo genome assembler tool called SPAdes for the purpose of overcoming the complications associated with single-cell microbial data generated using MDA. Later, SPAdes was recognized by the scientific community as one of the best assemblers for bacterial data sets. This fact inspired us to extend the capabilities of SPAdes to include additional sequencing platforms besides Illumina (e.g. IonTorrent, PacBio and Oxford Nanopore) and to develop a set of novel software tools for various purposes: assembly of highly polymorphic genomes, plasmid assembly, metagenome assembly etc.