Next week, the National Institute of Health’s Biowulf Linux cluster will be at the center of a celebratory symposium in honor of its 10th anniversary. Biowulf, which has grown from 80 to 6,300 processors since 1999, is a GNU/Linux parallel processing system with 8 different node configurations comprising 2.8 GHz Intel EMT64, 2.8 GHz AMD Opteron, 2.8 GHz Xeon, and 1.4 GHz Itanium processors. Most nodes are on a 1 gigabit/second Ethernet network with a subset on Myrinet, Infinipath, or Infiniband networks.
Biowulf stores databases and software for sequence analysis and assembly, phylogenetics, computational chemistry, molecular modeling, proteomics, mathematics and statistics, image analysis, structural biology, and also holds a collection of utilities including Jim Kent’s library of executables, the interactive function plotting program Gnuplot, and NIH’s Swarm job-scheduling software.
BioInform recently spoke with two Biowulf caretakers who are organizing the symposium, Susan Chacko and Steven Fellini.