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High Performance Server Cluster

What is the ASDRP Server?

ASDRP provides our researchers with a state-of-the-art Dell PowerEdge Server Cluster (two x R710 + two x R610) equipped with a total of 96 cores (Intel Xeon X5660 dual-threaded processors) @ 2.80 GHz, 128 GB RAM, over 5 TB of disc storage space, and plenty of computational power to spare for all research needs. The server cluster is available via remote access for all student researchers involved in computational research at ASDRP.

Who can use the ASDRP server?

The server is available for research students and research faculty only, and is strictly limited to use for research sponsored by ASDRP. 

Do I need to show up in person to use the server?

No, the server cluster is available for remote access for all research students.

Do I get my own user ID?

Each principal investigator (advisor) will be given a set number of user ID's proportional to the expected computational load. It is the research advisor's discretion to allocate each user ID for being shared between 2-4 students. Research students should create their own sub-directory in their designated user ID account. User ID's are named by the first two letters of the principal investigator's last name (e.g. Smith = Sm1, Sm2, etc.).

What kind of operating system does the server operate on?

The server cluster uses Ubuntu (Linux). This was chosen to maximize computational performance.

What software is available on the cluster?

The server cluster is equipped with all software that was requested by research advisors, including data mining platforms, physical chemistry software, biophysical modeling software, and a quantum computing emulator, among others. 

How long are files retained on the server?

Files are retained for up to 30 days. After that, they will be deleted automatically to make disk space for new files. We do not recommend storing files on the server cluster long-term.

Who should I contact if I need help?

Email Mr. Jesse Jen, our server manager and computer science & engineering technical specialist, at or the CS/Engineering Department Chair, Mr. Robert Downing at if you have questions or if you have trouble accessing the server.

Currently Installed Software List
  1. ORCA (ab initio quantum chemistry; density functional theory)
  2. AutoDock 4 (molecular docking)
  3. GROMACS (molecular dynamics simulations)
  4. GENtle (DNA/genomics/proteomics mapping & editing)
  5. VOTCA (course-grained simulations and disordered charge transfer in semiconductors)
  6. AutoDock Vina (molecular docking)
  7. GRASP2018 (atomic structure)
  8. AMBER (molecular dynamics)
  9. QuantumEXPRESSO (quantum electronic structure calculations)
  10. DALTON (Hartree Fock / DFT electronic structure calculations)
  11. ABINIT (Fortran based DFT and molecular mechanics)
  12. Jupyter Notebook
  13. CP2K (quantum physics & solid state materials modeling)
  14. Anaconda (Python & R for scientific computing)
  15. GAMESS (modeling of atomic and electronic physics / structure)
  16. Lots more...
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