Amber 16 now available

Friday, July 29, 2016 - 4:15pm

Amber 16 has been installed on the OSC clusters; usage is via the module amber/16. For information on available executables and installation details see the software page for Amber or the output of the module help command, e.g.: module help amber/16.  On August 15, 2016 Amber 16 will be made the default amber module.


R is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. It is similar to the S language and environment developed at Bell Laboratories (formerly AT&T, now Lucent Technologies). R provides a wide variety of statistical and graphical techniques and is highly extensible.


Bowtie 2 is an ultrafast and memory-efficient tool for aligning sequencing reads to long reference sequences. It is particularly good at aligning reads of about 50 up to 100s or 1,000s of characters, and particularly good at aligning to relatively long (e.g. mammalian) genomes. Bowtie 2 indexes the genome with an FM Index to keep its memory footprint small: for the human genome, its memory footprint is typically around 3.2 GB. Bowtie 2 supports gapped, local, and paired-end alignment modes.


Octave is a high-level language, primarily intended for numerical computations. It provides a convenient command-line interface for solving linear and nonlinear problems numerically, and for performing other numerical experiments using a language that is mostly compatible with Matlab. It may also be used as a batch-oriented language.

Octave has extensive tools for solving common numerical linear algebra problems, finding the roots of nonlinear equations, integrating ordinary functions, manipulating polynomials, and integrating ordinary differential and differential-algebraic equations. It is easily extensible and customizable via user-defined functions written in Octave's own language, or using dynamically loaded modules written in C++, C, Fortran, or other languages.

HOWTO: Add python packages using the conda package manager

While our python installations come with many popular packages installed, you may come upon a case where you need an addiditonal package that is not installed.  If the specific package you are looking for is available from Anaconda.org (formerlly binstar.org) you can easily install it and required dependencies by using the Conda package manager.

To be able to install a package using the conda package manager:

HOWTO: Install your own python modules

While we provide a number of Python modules, you may need a module we do not provide. If it is a commonly used module, or one that is particularly difficult to compile, you can contact OSC Help for assistance, but we have provided an example below showing how to build and install your own Python modules, and make them available inside of Python. Note, these instructions use "bash" shell syntax; this is our default shell, but if you are using something else (csh, tcsh, etc), some of the syntax may be different.


Allinea software analyzes how HPC software runs. It consists of two applications, Allinea Performance Reports and Allinea MAP: 

  • Allinea Performance Reports: simple tool to generate a single-page HTML report that presents overall performance characteristics of HPC applications.
  • Allinea MAP: HPC application profiler with easy-to-use GUI environment.

Availability & Restrictions


The following versions of Allinea are available on OSC clusters:

All ACLs lost in Home Directories after 6/7 downtime

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 6:00pm

All ACLs set within the Home Directory filesystem (/nfs/##) were lost during the 6/7 downtime.  This was caused by the migration to a new server that does not support the old POSIX ACLs.

Migrating the ACLs was not possible due to both the fact POSIX ACLs are not easily translatable to NFSv4 ACLs, and none of our tools supported such a migration.


Subscribe to Oakley