MarDRe: MapReduce Duplicate Removal tool GPLv3 logo


MarDRe [1] is a de novo MapReduce-based parallel tool to remove duplicate and near-duplicate DNA reads through the clustering of single-end and paired-end sequences from FASTQ/FASTA datasets. Duplicate reads can be seen as identical or nearly identical sequences with some mismatches. Depending on the application scenario, duplicate or near-duplicate reads do not provide any interesting biological information but can increase memory requirements and computational time of downstream analysis. This tool allows reasearchers and bioinformatics to avoid the analysis of not necessary reads, reducing the time of subsequent procedures with the dataset (e.g., assemblies, mappings, etc.).

MarDRe is the Big Data counterpart of ParDRe [2,3], which employs HPC technologies (i.e., hybrid MPI/multithreading) to reduce runtime on multicore systems. Instead, MarDRe takes advantage of the MapReduce programming model originally developed by Google [4] to significantly improve ParDRe performance on distributed systems, especially on cloud-based infrastructures. Written in pure Java to maximize cross-platform compatibility, MarDRe is built upon the open-source Apache Hadoop project [5], the most popular distributed computing framework for scalable Big Data processing.

This tool is distributed as free software and is publicly available at the Downloads section under the GPLv3 license [6].