# Human Genome Alignment and Variant Calling Benchmarks

I am doing a project that requires bench-marking the performance of computational tools for alignment and variant calling of human genome sequencing data. In particular I would like to establish benchmarks comparing the performance of GATK and ADAM/Avocado.

My main question is which genomic data-sets should I use as the input to the data processing pipeline. In Frank Nothaft's (author of ADAM and Avodaco) thesis he reports bench-marking the processing of NA12878 from the 1,000 genome's project in Avocado as compared to GATK's HalotypeCaller. He also reports benchmarking on 270 samples from the Simons Genome Diversity Data-set.

I am interested in reproducing this portion of his work, but do not know where I can get a hold of these datasets. Where can I get a copy of the NA12878 genome (BAM file) and also were can I get aligned samples from Simons Genome Diversity Data-set?

### NA12878

• My recommendation: download raw reads from Illumina BaseSpace and do alignment yourself. Aligning ~40X worth of human reads takes overnight with ~16 CPU cores.

• You can acquire Platinum Genome data from ENA. There is a BAM available for download, but that was done by Illumina's own aligner against a wrong reference genome. You'd better do alignment by yourself. Another problem with this dataset is it is too good to be representative. Modern data are worse.

• GIAB provides BAMs here:

ftp://ftp-trace.ncbi.nih.gov/giab/ftp/data/NA12878/NIST_NA12878_HG001_HiSeq_300x/


It is not "typical", either.