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Issue 8

Dear Consortium Members and Affiliates

Software updates will be sent to your site on Friday night, April 27. This month, you will receive several updates and a couple of new programs. Immediately after receiving the software updates this Friday, you will be using the newest installed versions. If there are any problems, please report them (http://www.sbgrid.org/bugs). You can always switch to an older version of the application while we work on your request—just use ‘sbgrid -n versions’ for more information. Many of these monthly updates and additions are prompted by member requests, so please do not hesitate to request new applications (http://www.sbgrid.org/req).

Please continue reading for details on the software updates, information on a lower member-only price for the ...

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Published April 25, 2007

Best Application Challenge

We want to know what you think is the best, most useful program in the SBGrid programs directory. Please send an email to Ben Silva (silva@crystal.harvard.edu), the SBGrid Relationship Associate, with your choice. Please let Ben know your choice, along with a brief explanation why you’ve chosen the program, and even what type of work you do with the program.


We are interested in knowing what you think makes the biggest difference in your day-to-day structural biology computing. While this will be an informal survey, we hope to use the information in the future for the benefit of other members.

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Published April 25, 2007

April Grid News

SBGrid has become an official Open Science Grid (OSG) Virtual Organization (VO).  Pending completion of our internal grid infrastructure, we should begin testing OSG connectivity next month.

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Published April 25, 2007

Intel Linux SBGrid Workstation Update

In February, we informed you that we had a specifically configured “SBGrid Workstation” in the works available to members at a special SBGrid price through our vendor. We are pleased to announce that the workstation is now available to all members at an even lower price, at a savings of approximately $150, due to negotiations with our vendor and price decreases by Intel. Please feel free to take a look at this recommended workstation (.pdf) available with special SBGrid member pricing. If you are interested in placing an order, please contact the vendor directly.

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Published April 25, 2007

Mac Intel & PPC Startup Optimization

Feeling sluggish? We noticed that the initialization of the PowerMac branch was slower than the Linux branch. After analyzing and optimizing the script, we managed to improve initialization time on some systems 300%.

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Published April 25, 2007