From the Vt Home Page: vt is a variant tool set that discovers short variants from Next Generation Sequencing data. The features are being rolled out to github as major rewriting is being undertaken.


  • 0.577

Authorized Users

  • CIRCE account holders
  • SC account holders


  • CIRCE cluster
  • SC cluster


Vt requires the following module file to run:

  • apps/vt/0.577

Running Vt on CIRCE/SC

The Vt 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 Vt, and execute the Vt binary:

[user@login0 ~]$ srun --time=48:00:00 --nodes=1 --ntasks-per-node=1 --pty /bin/bash
[user@wh-520-4-1 ~]$ module load apps/vt/0.577
[user@wh-520-4-1 ~]$ vt normalize dbsnp.vcf -r seq.fa | vt uniq - -o dbsnp.normalized.uniq.vcf

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 wish to normalize variants, send to standard out and remove duplicates, you would set up a submit script to use vt like this

#SBATCH --job-name=vt-test
#SBATCH --time=01:00:00
#SBATCH --nodes=1
#SBATCH --ntasks-per-node=1
#SBATCH --output=output.%j.vt-test

#### SLURM 1 processor vt test to run for 1 hours.

# Load the vt module:
module load apps/vt/0.577

# Start vt
vt normalize dbsnp.vcf -r seq.fa | vt uniq - -o dbsnp.normalized.uniq.vcf

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 ./vt-test.sh
  • You can view the status of your job with the “squeue -u <username>” command


Home Page, User Guides, and Manuals

More Job Information

See the following for more detailed job submission information:

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs with Vt to the IT Help Desk: rc-help@usf.edu