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Diamond is a new high-throughput program for aligning DNA reads or protein sequences against a protein reference database such as NR, at up to 20,000 times the speed of BLAST, with high sensitivity.



See which versions of diamond are available:

$ module avail diamond

Load the diamond environment module and run it:

$ module load diamond/0.9.9
$ diamond


Notes from the sysadmin during installation:

$ cd /tmp
$ wget
$ tar xf diamond-linux64.tar.gz
$ sudo cp diamond diamond_manual.pdf /export/apps/diamond/0.9.9

Create Databases

Diamond requires specially formatted databases, which you create using diamond makedb subcommand. The input must be a FASTA file, but can be gzip compressed, for example the NR database from NCBI:

$ wget
$ diamond makedb --in nr.gz -d nr
$ sudo mkdir -p /export/data/bio/diamond
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