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Bowdoin Computing Grid

Jeff Nagle of the Chemistry department

Posted June 08, 2007

In order to meet the growing needs for high-performance computing at the College, the Bowdoin Computing Grid was developed.  This Linux based, multi-computer system can run many computationally intensive jobs at the same time. Computational jobs that used to take several days on a typical desktop machine may now be processed in a few hours.

The Bowdoin Computing Grid is available for Bowdoin faculty, staff, and students to run a wide range of academic and research jobs, from simple programs to large and complex computational and parallel processes.

The Grid supports a variety of applications, including commonly known software such as Matlab and Mathematica, as well as specialized software such as ADF, Gaussian, Sybyl, GRASS, and IDL.  Self-designed code written in a variety of languages, such as Fortran, C++, Java, Perl, and Python, can be run on the Grid, and support for multi-CPU, multi-machine parallel processing is provided using the MPICH2 library routines.

For more information, contact Dj Merrill, Technology Consultant for the Sciences & Research at and review a full description of the computational computing services at Bowdoin.

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