Large-scale assembly of a spruce genome
Title: Large-scale assembly of a spruce genome
SNIC Project: SNIC 2013/26-30
Project Type: SNAC Large
Principal Investigator: Lars Arvestad <>
Affiliation: Stockholms universitet
Duration: 2014-01-01 – 2015-01-01
Classification: 10610 10607 10611


In May 2013, the Spruce Genome Project, an international consortium financed by KAW and led by Swedish scientists, published the first paper characterizing a conifer genome (Nystedt et al., 2013) when it described and analyzed a draft assembly of the 20 Gbp genome of Norway spruce (Picea abies). We are seeking a SNIC allocation for experimenting with improved genome assembly software to produce an better assembly of the Norway spruce genome. In particular, we want to assemble our data using the ABySS assembler, an MPI-enabled software for distribued computing. We need a system on which we can allocate 8.5 TiB RAM (distributed).