Laboratory for Computational
Biology and Bioinformatics
The laboratory consists at present of five offices, one for Prof. Moret,
one for postdocs, one for the group's secretary, Ms. Sylvie Fiaux,
and two for visitors or small group meetings, plus a large classroom
where all of the group's PhD and MS students work,
reconfigured for 8 workspaces, presentation area, journal area,
and relaxation area with sofas and coffee table, plus basic culinary
facilities (microwave, water and coffee machines).
Individual computational facilities include a Dell XPS (1330 or 1530
or Studio XPS) laptop for each PhD student or postdoc and a dual-core
Dell Precision workstation (390 or T3400) with 24" LCD screen at each
of the eleven desks.
There are two lab-wide machines. One is a Dell Poweredge 2900 file
server with two dual-core Xeon 5140 processors and nine 2TB SATA disks
connected as a RAID 10 array.
The other is a large compute server, currently consisting of 9
Dell Poweredge R905 nodes and 3 Dell Poweredge R815 nodes.
Each R905 is a four-way SMP with AMD quad-core 8354 (Barcelona)
processors, 128GB of memory, and 8 SAS disks set up for 600GB of
storage in RAID 6; two of the R815s are a four-way SMP with AMD 12-core
6172 (Magny-Cours) processors, 256GB of memory, and 6 SATA disks
set up for 2.4TB of storage in RAID 5, while the 3rd is a four-way SMP
with AMD 16-core 6276 (Bulldozer) processors, 256GB of memory, and
6 SATA disks set up for 5TB of storage in RAID 5.
Overall, then, we currently have 304 cores and around 2TB of main
memory in our compute server. All nodes are connected through Gbit
ethernet ports to a 48-port switch wtih 48Gb/s bandwidth.
All systems, including the laptops, run under some Linux distribution
(Debian, Ubuntu, Mandriva); the large compute server runs 64-bit
Debian (815) or Ubuntu server (905).