Bioinformatics Core Facility (BCF)

Instrumentation Resources:

Computing Infrastructure
The BCF maintains two clusters, a smaller development cluster, Jacinto, with 32 cores (AMD Opteron, 64 GB of RAM, 4 GB/node, dual gigabyte ethernet interconnects), and a production cluster, Alamo, with 216 cores (AMD Opteron, 650 gigabytes of RAM, 32 GB/node, Infiniband interconnects, 30 terabyte local parallel filesystem).

Data Storage:
We offer access to a 50 terabyte attached network storage (gigabit ethernet internet connection) and a 16-core server for management of virtual machines. A second 7 terabyte storage array is located on the 5th floor of the Allied Health Building.

Visualization:
The BCF offers a small conference room (max 8. people) with a 3D visualization display suitable for molecular modeling. The room can also be used for small groups to hold Internet-based video teleconferences. It is equipped with a 78" HDTV-standard display with 3D glasses and connected to a dual-boot Linux/Windows 7 computer for managing conferences and 3D displays.

GPU computing:
A subset of the Alamo nodes are configured with GPU-capable NVidia graphics boards suitable for running GPU enabled codes. CUDA compilers are available for development of GPU codes.