Scientific Linux Server Administration

Tux, The Linux Mascot

Tux, The Linux Mascot

Linux is a free open-source operating system which are much used for database servers and supercomputer clusters due to its stability and low cost of deployment. It is very modular and easy to customize due to its open source nature and now also powers smart TVs, mobile phones and scientific workstations.

  • How do I install linux to set up a cluster or calculation server?
  • How is this particular scientific program compiled and installed?
  • How do I best set up the license manager?
  • What is the best way to install Linux as a database server?

Wildcard Pharmaceutical Consulting works with Linux for research and scientific use, as well as a platform for installation of chemical database solutions. We can help to establish the operating system platform installation and configuration of Linux servers.  Additionally we also install or compile scientific software and academic programs, such as programs for molecular modelling and computational chemistry.

We have installed, compiled and used softwares from Schrödinger, Chemical Computing Group (MOE), Accelrys (Now BioVIA), Salilab’s Modeller and Rosetta. Knowing the software and the intended use allows us to install and test the programs efficiently without extensive involvement from end-users.

Additionally, we have experience in using both Debian/Ubuntu based as well as Redhat/CentOS based Linux Servers and can help as Scientific Linux Server Consultants for most Linux distributions. We are comfortable at working with the command line shells such as bash and csh and we can easily automate and script regular tasks and combine existing software tools into new pipelines.

We can help with more science related tasks such as automating the parsing of log-files and output from scientific software and consolidate results from multiple calculations into reports and spreadsheets. This saves time for the researchers and enables more scalable parameter search. Interconversion of file-formats for molecular modeling programs is another example of a specialist task, which can open up novel and more efficient use of existing programs.

Linux are additionally great for saving resources at virtual machine platforms such as Vmware. Using minimal installs can save resources such as ram and virtual disk space. As example, a bare bones Debian server with a license manager can be set up with as little as 256 mb of ram usage.

Why not set up an informal phone meeting where we can talk about your scientific Linux needs.

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Footnote: Technically speaking , Linux is the kernel of the operating system, it’s the core which takes care of how the hardware is presented to the software. The GNU developed tools are then added to provide functionality at the shell level, on top of this is usually a graphical system such as X or MIR, running a desktop environment such as KDE, Gnome, Mate, Unity etc. It is thus more correct to call it GNU/Linux.