In general, DIAMOND is a sequence aligner for protein and translated DNA searches similar to the NCBI BLAST software tools. However, it provides a speedup of BLAST ranging up to x20,000. Using this workflow element one can use DIAMOND for taxonomic classification of short DNA reads and longer sequences such as contigs. The lowest common ancestor (LCA) algorithm is used for the classification.
Parameters in GUI
Input a binary DIAMOND database file.
Genetic code used for translation of query sequences (--query-gencode).
|The standard genetic code
The sensitive modes (--sensitive, --more-sensitive) are generally recommended for aligning longer sequences.
The default mode is mainly designed for short read alignment, i.e. finding significant matches of >50 bits on 30-40aa fragments.
Top alignments percentage
DIAMOND uses the lowest common ancestor (LCA) algorithm for taxonomy classification of the input sequences.
This parameter specifies what alignments should be taken into account during the calculations (--top).
take top 10% of the alignments with the best score, calculate the lowest common ancestor for them).
Penalty for frameshift in DNA-vs-protein alignments. Values around 15 are reasonable for this parameter.
Enabling this feature will have the aligner tolerate missing bases in DNA sequences and is most recommended for long, error-prone sequences like MinION reads.
Maximum expected value to report an alignment (--evalue/-e).
Scoring matrix (--matrix).
|Gap open penalty
Gap open penalty (--gapopen).
|Gap extension penalty
Gap extension penalty (--gapextend).
Block size in billions of sequence letters to be processed at a time (--block-size).
This is the main parameter for controlling the program’s memory usage.
Bigger numbers will increase the use of memory and temporary disk space, but also improve performance.
The program can be expected to use roughly six times this number of memory (in GB).
The number of chunks for processing the seed index (--index-chunks).
This option can be additionally used to tune the performance.
It is recommended to set this to 1 on a high memory server, which will increase performance and memory usage, but not the usage of temporary disk space.
|Number of threads
|Number of CPU threads (--treads).
Specify the output file name. The output file is a tab-delimited file with the following fields: * Query ID * NCBI taxonomy ID (0 if unclassified) * E-value of the best alignment with a known taxonomy ID found for the query (0 if unclassified)
Parameters in Workflow File
Parameter in the GUI
|Top alignments percentage
Gap open penalty
Gap extension penalty
Number of threads
The element has 1 input port:
Name in GUI: Input sequences:
URL(s) to FASTQ or FASTA file(s) should be provided.
The input files may contain single-end reads, contigs, or "left" reads in case of the paired-end sequencing (see "Input data" parameter of the element).
Name in Workflow File: in
|Slot in Workflow File
The element has 1 output port:
Name in GUI: DIAMOND Classification:
A list of sequence names with the associated taxonomy IDs, classified by DIAMOND.
Name in Workflow File: out
|Slot in Workflow File
|Taxonomy classification data