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ICHEC Software

Information about software packages installed on the ICHEC systems.


Versions Installed

Fionn: 2.2.28+


The Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) finds regions of local similarity between sequences. The program compares nucleotide or protein sequences to sequence databases and calculates the statistical significance of matches. BLAST can be used to infer functional and evolutionary relationships between sequences as well as help identify members of gene families.


NCBI-BLAST is available under the GNU General Public License.



Additional Notes

To use NCBI-BLAST load the relevant environment module:

module load bio ncbi-blast/intel/2.2.28+

The software contained within the NCBI-BLAST package are mostly serial programs so they may be used in conjunction with taskfarm for batch jobs. Please refer to our tutorial - Using BLAST on ICHEC Systems - for some guidelines on taskfarming NCBI-BLAST batch jobs.

Further information can be obtained at NCBI BLAST Home Page and BLAST help page.

How to cite NCBI-BLAST:

Altschul S.F., Gish W., Miller W., Myers E.W. and Lipman D.J. (1990)
Basic local alignment search tool.
J. Mol. Biol. 215: 403-410.

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