Technical Requirements

DNASTAR Lasergene Full Suite or Lasergene Genomics Suite


Hardware requirements for Lasergene Genomics Suite or the DNASTAR Lasergene package are largely dependent upon whether you will be doing reference-guided or de novo assemblies. Please see the following sections for details of the technical requirements for each project type. If you ever need help, we welcome your call to help you through the hardware or software installation process.

For a network version of our software, please see our DNASTAR License Server Technical Requirements.

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Supported Operating Systems

Windows 7 64-bit or higher

Mac OSX 10.10 or 10.11*

Linux Ubuntu 12.04**

Linux CentOS 7**

* Note that ArrayStar and QSeq were designed to run on Windows operating systems only. However, you can run ArrayStar and QSeq on a Macintosh with an Intel processor by using Parallels Desktop with Windows 7 or higher installed. Access to Lasergene Genomics Suite's variant annotation database is offered through ArrayStar and requires a broadband internet connection.

**Linux operating systems are supported for SeqMan NGen only.

Reference-Guided Alignments & De Novo Transcriptome Assemblies

  • 16-32 GB RAM*
  • 4-Core or 8-Core 3 GHz processor
  • One 1-8 TB** hard drive for storing temporary files ("scratch disk")
  • One 1-2 TB hard drive for storing input and output files***

*Also see: How much disk space do I need for my templated genome assembly?

**The size of the hard drive required for storing temporary files is largely dependent upon the size of the reference sequence used and the amount of sequence data assembled.  Assembling large data sets to eukaryotic genome sequences generates large temporary files that will require more space than assembling a bacterial genome, for example.

***Note that for large de novo transcriptome assemblies, you need at least 100 GB free space on the boot disk.

De Novo Genome Assemblies

  • 16-32 GB RAM**
  • 4-Core 3 GHz processor

**Memory requirements for de novo assemblies increase in proportion to the number of assembled sequences and contigs. We recommend at least 1 GB of RAM per Mb of genome length at 50x coverage. During assembly, it may be helpful to watch the Activity Monitor/Task Manager to make sure adequate memory is available. If adequate memory is not available, either reduce the number of input reads or increase RAM. Also see How much RAM do I need for my de novo genome assembly?