Computational Resources and Research - West Center

Computational Research

A variety of hardware and software tools are available to the faculty, postdoctorals and students using the West Center to carry out their computational research activities. The tools providing the primary computational power are varying-size Beowulf Computer Clusters, including a 20-processor cluster, a 32-processor cluster, a 128-processor cluster which recently became operational in August, 2005, as well as an Apple X-Serve Cluster.

The West Center also contains a variety of stand-alone computers, including two Silicon Graphics workstations, and a combination of both PC and Macintosh computers.

Also available is a 5 terabyte, robotic tape drive system, which is used for the routine backup of the files created, and for archival storage.

In addition, a 20-station computer classroom is located adjacent to the West Center in Griffith Hall 338, consisting of a combination of e-Macs and i-Macs.

All computers associated with the Center have high speed internet connectivity.

A variety of sophisticated software packages are available for use in the West Center, such as Oracle, Gaussian 98 and AMBER, which allow database management of both genetic and chemical databases, as well as greatly improved computer modeling capabilities.

Research Activities

In the West Center, both undergraduate and graduate students have excellent opportunities to carry out state-of-the-art research in the area of Computational Chemistry in a very supportive and stimulating environment.

As the West Center Web Site develops, descriptions of student research activities, the publication and presentations that result, and other information about the students working in the West Center will be incorporated here.

Please check back on a regular basis.


Director, Preston Moore, PhD


Office Location: Griffith Hall, Room 206
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495