The Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group is a pioneer in the realm of high-performance computing. To meet our computational needs, we maintain a wide selection of computers divided into four main categories: compute power, visualization equipment, desktop workstations, and infrastructure. Additionally, we rely upon a variety of software, and are leading users of the nation's supercomputing resources.

The TCB Group is also dedicated to helping both the biomedical community, and the computational world as a whole, by sharing the knowledge developed while administering the group internally. This knowledge is shared in the user and sysadmin documentation libraries. Addititionally, source code can be found as part of the MDTools library.

Computational Facility Spotlights
Backup System
In a research environement, data integrity is at least as important as creating the data in the first place. To ensure that files are not lost to user or hardware error, we have developed an in-house backup solution, based on Sun's ufsdump and ufsrestore commands for UFS filesystems. We also have an in-house solution for Sun's ZFS filesystem. Files are dumped nightly to disk, and monthly to external disk; several copies are kept of each. These dumps allow us to easily restore lost user files, as well as recover from catastrophic disk failures. Additionally, we structure our backups so that the data can be read back from any system ten years from now.

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