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Old 03-15-2017, 02:38 PM   #442
Brian Bushnell
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Hi Sebastian,

You can reduce the memory needs of BBNorm by adding the flags "prefilter" and "bits=16", which might allow it to run on a lower-memory computer, depending on the complexity of the input data.

But as for reducing the CPU utilization... that's tricky. You can add "pigz=f unpigz=f" to disable pigz, so you will only be left with java threads. Java thread scheduling is nondeterministic due to garbage collection and various other background stuff, and I'm not sure if it's possible to ensure the process will be capped at a certain number of total threads without binding the process to specific cores. But you can try manually specifying the number of GC threads:


This command may or may not work, depending on your java version. You'd have to skip (or modify) the shellscript so that the actual java command would look something like this:

java -ea -Xmx200g -Xms200g -XX:ParallelGCThreads=2 -cp /path/to/bbmap/current/ jgi.KmerNormalize in1=st1c_R1.fastq.gz in2=st1c_R2.fastq.gz out1=st1c_R1_norm.fastq.gz out2=st1c_R2_norm.fastq.gz threads=12 target=60 mindepth=2
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