Computing Facilities

The Department of Physiology & Biophysics maintains a comprehensive and integrated computing environment centered on Linux and UNIX servers, Linux/UNIX workstations and two Beowulf class clusters.  MS-Windows and Macintosh personal computers have access to the servers.  All computer-controlled instruments (CD spectrometers, calorimeters, image scanners, NMR spectrometers, x-ray diffraction etc.) are fully integrated into the network.

These systems provide computational resources for crystallographic structure determination and refinement, 2D/3D image processing for electron microscopy, structural NMR, molecular modeling/dynamics, protein and nucleic acid database searching and sequence analysis, and data reduction, analysis and statistics. In addition, the systems support all departmental administrative functions.

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The departmental network is integrated into the Boston University wide area network, providing access to the Internet, the Academic Computing Systems general-access Unix cluster, and the super-computing facilities; hosting the massively parallel IBM Blue Gene/L supercomputer, in the Scientific Computing and Visualization Group of the Center for Computational Science on the Charles River Campus as well as the facilities provided by the Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Department of Information Technology.