Nextflow enables scalable and reproducible scientific workflows using software containers. It allows the adaptation of data-driven, computational pipelines written in the most common scripting languages.
Nextflow is available as a module on Apocrita.
To run the latest installed version of Nextflow, simply load the
$ module load nextflow $ nextflow help Usage: nextflow [options] COMMAND [arg...]
For usage documentation, run
Submitting Processes as Serial Jobs¶
Recommended for serial jobs only
This section is recommended for serial jobs only. For parallel jobs, please see the Parallel Jobs section below.
Nextflow supports the ability to submit pipeline scripts as separate cluster jobs using the SGE executor.
To enable the SGE executor, simply set to
process.executor property to
in a configuration file named
nextflow.config in the job working directory.
The amount of resources requested by each job submission is defined in the
section, where all Univa scheduler resources
For example, to run all pipeline jobs with 2 serial cores and 2GB total memory for 1 hour, create the following configuration file:
process.executor='sge' process.clusterOptions='-pe smp 2 -l h_vmem=1G,h_rt=1:0:0'
Setting the memory limit for serial jobs
-DXmx option to limit the amount of memory Nextflow can use
in serial jobs. For more information regarding the Java VM memory
allocation, see here.
Parallel jobs will use the in-built Apache Ignite clustering platform; Execution will be performed on the nodes requested in the submit request over MPI rather than submitting new jobs for each pipeline.
Do not use the SGE executor in parallel jobs
Using the SGE executor for parallel jobs causes the master job to hang until it is killed by the scheduler for exceeding walltime. This is due to Apache Ignite not being able to communicate to other pipeline scripts submitted as separate jobs.
To ensure parallel jobs use Apache Ignite, add the following to the
configuration file (or omit the
Here is an example job taken from the Nextflow website to submit
each process in the
input.nf file as a new cluster job. Ensure
the cumulative runtime across all processes does not exceed the
runtime requested in the master job.
#!/bin/bash #$ -cwd #$ -j y #$ -pe smp 1 #$ -l h_rt=1:0:0 #$ -l h_vmem=1G module load nextflow nextflow -DXmx=1G \ -C nextflow.config \ run input.nf
Here is an example MPI job taken from the Nextflow website to run each
process in the
input.nf file using Apache Ignite.
#!/bin/sh #$ -cwd #$ -j y #$ -pe parallel 64 #$ -l infiniband=nxv #$ -l h_rt=1:0:0 module load nextflow openmpi mpirun --pernode \ nextflow run input.nf \ -with-mpi