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NIH Helix/BiowulfThe Helix/Biowulf system is an invaluable resource for the CCR bioinformatics community. Not only does is provide access to state of the art hardware, with huge computing capacity, but the systems also host a plethora of bioinformatics software and databases. Additionally, the staff are open to installing new software, or versions, at the request of users.
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The NIH HPC group plans, manages and supports high-performance computing systems specifically for the intramural NIH community. These systems include Biowulf, a 90,000+ processor Linux cluster; Helix, an interactive system for short jobs, Sciware, a set of applications for desktops, and Helixweb, which provides a number of web-based scientific tools. They provide access to a wide range of computational applications for genomics, molecular and structural biology, mathematical and graphical analysis, image analysis, and other scientific fields.
The majority of Helix/Biowulf services require the use of a command-line tools such as ssh to remotely access the system. Details about such tools remote access programs can be found here. A limited number of applications are available via a Web-based interface, and are listed here.
Accounts on the NIH Helix/Biowulf system are restricted to NIH employees and contractors as determined by inclusion in the NIH Enterprise Directory (http://ned.nih.gov/search/). More information about getting an account can be found here. Operational access is limited to those in the NIH Network.