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Old 11-04-2011, 06:14 AM   #1
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Question Performance bottlenecks in sequence analysis pipelines


Has anyone who has used the GATK pipeline and/or sequence alignment tools such as BWA and stampy have a feel for what the worst bottlenecks are in performance? As I only have access to the one system that I am running it on (a SGI ICE cluster with network attached storage) it is hard to get a feel for what might improve it.

I/O seems to be a big issue in most of the processes I run and I wonder whether running on a machine with less cores but direct attached fast (raided/striped) storage would be faster.

Anyway, it's a bit of an unfocussed question, I just wonder if anyone had any real world experience of trying to run these processes in different scenarios and what they have found works best.

Thanks a lot

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Old 11-04-2011, 08:34 AM   #2
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I/O. Get yourself a fast storage. And for many pipelines large memory. Having multiple cores is nice but not critical. There are many pipelines which slow down to a one-core crawl as they read/write a file. Also some programs don't scale up very well. Just today on the Trinity mailing list someone was commenting that parts of it run faster on one-core instead of 10-cores. One of the developers agreed with that statement.
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