LINKS 1.5 (Apr 24, 2015)


Bloom filter implementation for reduced memory usage and faster execution.

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Release Notes

State Final release
License GPL
Release Manager Rene Warren

LINKS now uses a Bloom filter to limit hashing paired k-mers to only those found in sequences to re-scaffold. This feature decreases RAM usage by over 60%, while the run time is nearly unchanged (tests on E. coli, S. typhi, S. cerevisiae genomes). But when ran iteratively, users can re-use Bloom filters with the -r option, which results in faster* run times compared to v1.3 and earlier. *Approx. half the time needed on S. cerevisiae assemblies (eg. ~3h vs. 6h. for 30 iterations, with settings described in paper). Note that Bloom filter construction time may be long for large genomes such as human (clocked at 6h for k=26 on system below) and 20-Gb white spruce, and the users may want to build the filter ahead of LINKS using the utility provided in the ./tools folder.

LINKS v1.5 and unreleased v1.4 (Bloom filter implementation) benchmarks compared to v1.3

Links v1.5 benchmarks

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Project owner: Rene Warren