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SAND - Scalable Assembly at Notre Dame
SAND is a set of modules for genome assembly that are built atop the Work Queue platform for large-scale distributed computation on clusters, clouds, or grids. SAND was designed as a modular replacement for the conventional overlapper in the Celera assembler, separated into two distinct steps: candidate filtering and alignment.
To use SAND, you start your assembly process as normal, then run a lightweight worker program on as many other machines as you can access. You can start them manually, run them on the cloud, or submit them to systems like Condor or SGE. SAND will organize the machines into a workforce that, under the right conditions, can speed up assembly tasks by several hundred fold.
The correct output of SAND has been validated on the anopheles gambiae, sorghum bicolor, and homo sapiens datasets listed below.
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Sample DataThe following are the datasets used for evaluating SAND in our various publications. The .cfa data format is binary Compressed FAsta, which can be converted to/from plain text FASTA files using sand_compress_reads and sand_uncompress_reads.
(Note: We are in the middle of restoring these datasets from backup. The small, medium, and large datasets are available for download. The repeat files are currently being regenerated. The human dataset is still being restored.)
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