Genome Analysis ToolKit (GATK)


From the GATK Home Page: The Genome Analysis Toolkit or GATK is a software package for analysis of high-throughput sequencing data, developed by the Data Science and Data Engineering group at the Broad Institute. The toolkit offers a wide variety of tools, with a primary focus on variant discovery and genotyping as well as strong emphasis on data quality assurance. Its robust architecture, powerful processing engine and high-performance computing features make it capable of taking on projects of any size.


  • 3.7

Authorized Users

  • CIRCE account holders
  • SC account holders


  • CIRCE cluster
  • SC cluster


Genome Analysis ToolKit (GATK) requires the following module file to run:

  • apps/gatk/3.7

Running Genome Analysis ToolKit (GATK) on CIRCE/SC

The Genome Analysis ToolKit (GATK) user guide is essential to understanding the application and making the most of it. The guide and this page should help you to get started with your simulations. Please refer to the Documentation section for a link to the guide.

  • Note on CIRCE: Make sure to run your jobs from your $WORK directory!
  • Note: Scripts are provided as examples only. Your SLURM executables, tools, and options may vary from the example below. For help on submitting jobs to the queue, see our SLURM User’s Guide.

Interactive Mode

Next, use the following commands to open an SRUN Interactive Session, load the module for Genome Analysis ToolKit (GATK), and execute the Genome Analysis ToolKit (GATK) binary:

[user@login0 ~]$ srun --time=01:00:00 --nodes=1 --ntasks-per-node=1 --pty /bin/bash
[user@wh-520-4-1 ~]$ module load apps/gatk/3.7
[user@wh-520-4-1 ~]$ java -jar $GATKJAR -T CountLoci -R exampleFASTA.fasta -I exampleBAM.bam -o output.txt

Batch Job submission

To run batch jobs on the CIRCE/SC cluster, users will need to submit their jobs to the scheduling environment if their jobs take more than 20 minutes to run on a standard PC.

  • If, for example, you have a FASTA file exampleFASTA.fasta and BAM file exampleBAM.bam file you wish to perform the CountLoci operation on, you would set up a submit script to use GATK like this
#SBATCH --job-name=gatk-test
#SBATCH --time=01:00:00
#SBATCH --nodes=1
#SBATCH --ntasks-per-node=1
#SBATCH --output=output.%j.gatk-test

#### SLURM 1 processor GATK test to run for 1 hour.

# Load the GATK module:
module load apps/gatk/3.7

# Start GATK
java -jar $GATKJAR -T CountLoci -R exampleFASTA.fasta -I exampleBAM.bam -o output.txt

Next, you can change to your job’s directory, and run the sbatch command to submit the job:

[user@login0 ~]$ cd my/jobdir
[user@login0 jobdir]$ sbatch ./
  • You can view the status of your job with the “squeue -u <username>” command


Home Page, User Guides, and Manuals

Benchmarks, Known Tests, Examples, Tutorials, and Other Resources

More Job Information

See the following for more detailed job submission information:

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs with Genome Analysis ToolKit (GATK) to the IT Help Desk: