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The FAST Analysis of Sequences Toolbox (FAST) is a set of Unix tools (for example fasgrep, fascut, fashead and fastr) for sequence bioinformatics modeled after the Unix textutils (such as grep, cut, head, tr, etc). FAST workflows are designed for "inline" (serial) processing of flatfile biological sequence record databases per-sequence, rather than per-line, through Unix command pipelines. The default data exchange format is multifasta (specifically, a restriction of BioPerl FastA format). FAST tools expose the power of Perl and BioPerl for sequence analysis to non-programmers in an easy-to-learn command-line paradigm.

Environment Modules

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System Variables

  • HPC_FAST_DIR - installation directory
  • HPC_FAST_LIB - library directory
  • HPC_FAST_DOC - documentation directory


If you publish research that uses fast you have to cite it as follows:

Lawrence et al. (2015). FAST: FAST Analysis of Sequences Toolbox in Frontiers in Genetics, and Stajich et al. (2002)