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Spark Basic Local Alignment Search Tool SparkBLAST


Allows to parallelize and manage the execution of BLAST either on dedicated clusters or cloud environments. SparkBLAST is based on cloud computing for the provisioning of computational resources and uses Apache Spark as the coordination framework. It was evaluated on both Google and Microsoft Azure Clouds, for several configurations and dataset sizes. The tool is able to achieve, in average, a maximum speedup of 41.78, reducing the execution time from 28,983 s in a single node, to 693 s in 64 nodes.

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SparkBLAST classification

SparkBLAST specifications

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Programming languages:
Java, Scala, Shell (Bash)
Computer skills:
Command line interface
Operating system:
BSD 3-clause “New” or “Revised” License

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  • Fabricio da Silva <>


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Computer Science Department, Federal University of São Carlos, São Carlos, Brazil; LBCS-IOC, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; PROCC, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Funding source(s)

Supported by Google, Microsoft Research, CAPES, CNPq, FAPERJ and IFSULDEMINAS; and CNPq (Contract Number 305032/2015-1).

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