mpiBLAST is a freely available, open-source, parallel implementation of NCBI BLAST. mpiBLAST takes advantage of distributed computational resources, i.e., a cluster, through explicit MPI communication and thereby utilizes all available resources unlike standard NCBI BLAST which can only take advantage of shared-memory multi-processors (SMPs).
Python is a high-level, multi-paradigm programming language that is both easy to learn and useful in a wide variety of applications. Python has a large standard library as well as a large number of third-party extensions, most of which are completely free and open source. We highly recommend using Python 2.7.1, as we have added a lot of Python packages and tuned them to perform well on our systems.
Stata is a complete, integrated statistical package that provides everything needed for data analysis, data management, and graphics. Release 13 32-processor SMP is currently available at OSC.
Computational stochastic approaches (Monte Carlo methods) based on random sampling are becoming extremely important research tools not only in their "traditional" fields such as physics, chemistry or applied mathematics but also in social sciences and, recently, in various branches of industry. An indication of importance is, for example, the fact that Monte Carlo calculations consume about one half of the supercomputer cycles. One of the indispensable and important ingredients for reliable and statistically sound calculations is the source of pseudo random numbers. SPRNG provides a scalable package for parallel pseudo random number generation which will be easy to use on a variety of architectures, especially in large-scale parallel Monte Carlo applications.
SPRNG 1.0 provides the user the various SPRNG random number generators each in its own library. For most users this is acceptable, as one rarely uses more than one type of generator in a single program. However, if the user desires this added flexibility, SPRNG 2.0 provides it. In all other respects, SPRNG 1.0 and SPRNG 2.0 are identical.
ScaLAPACK is a library of high-performance linear algebra routines for clusters supporting MPI. It contains routines for solving systems of linear equations, least squares problems, and eigenvalue problems.
This page documents usage of the ScaLAPACK library installed by OSC from source. An optimized implementation of ScaLAPACK is included in MKL; see the software documentation page for Intel Math Kernel Library for usage information.
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.
Fortran, C and C++ compilers from the Portland Group. PGI compilers are the default, recommended compilers on Glenn.
PAUP is a leading program for performing phylogenetic analysis for bioinformatics sequences. PAUP currently runs as a single processor program. No further enhancements are suggested.
OpenFOAM is a suite of computational fluid dynamics applications. It contains myriad solvers, both compressible and incompressible, as well as many utilities and libraries.
Availability and Restrictions
The following versions of OpenFOAM are available on OSC clusters:
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.