[BioC] Worker count specification in functions using bplapply from the BiocParallel pkg

Jerry Davison [guest] guest at bioconductor.org
Thu Jun 5 20:32:19 CEST 2014

This addresses functions summarizeOverlaps in GenomicAlignments and tallyVariants in VariantTools, and perhaps others, not BiocParallel, really, but only one CC: is available on this form.

Those two functions invoke BiocParallel capabilities to use multiple cores when appropriate, much like mclapply in the parallel package. Like mclapply they identify and utilize all available cores by default. On a multi-user system that is frowned on.  

The tallyVariants argument list includes BPPARAM, I learned how to use that to specify the number of cores used (see code below).

The help for summarizeOverlaps says "control parallel evaluation using the register interface in the
BiocParallel package."  I looked into that, but not long enough to be able to set core number.  BPPARAM is not in the argument list.

Controlling the number of cores used in an R session is important in my work environment. Functions invoking multiple cores should be clear about it in their help pages and provide an obvious way to control worker number. 

I don't think that's done with these two functions. Apologies if I'm not up to speed with developments, on asking for uniform specification of BiocParallel parameters in the argument list of functions using that package.

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