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March 2014

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Visit us today at the ACS Meeting in Dallas!

We’re coming to you live from the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in Dallas, TX. This is our third consecutive year exhibiting at the spring show, and it’s always an educational and rewarding experience as we get to interact with chemists, educators, students and industry professionals to discuss the impact high performance computing has on computational chemistry.

Jim Paugh, Director of Sales & Marketing for Advanced Clustering Technologies, discusses cluster equipment with an ACS Meeting & Exposition attendee.

If you happen to be in Dallas for ACS, please stop by Booth #412 and say hello to John and Jim. They have the latest Pinnacle equipment on hand to show what’s available to today’s computational chemists. They will also be talking about eQUEUE, our new web-based job-submission tool, and how it can bring more users to HPC by making job running easier for novice users.

Find more information about the ACS Meeting by clicking here. If you'd like to know more about how our equipment is being used in computational chemistry, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it us anytime.

eQUEUE informational video now online

A few months ago, we released our newest software product, eQUEUE, a web-based job-submission tool designed to help novice users run jobs on a cluster. Interest in this new product has been high, and to help answer some questions, we've created a new informational video:

As mentioned in the video, eQUEUE is a web-based job submission tool that allows novice or casual cluster users to use a simple web form to submit a job. System administrators determine exactly how this form is set up, allowing them to provide as many or as few variables as the end user needs. eQUEUE also provides a visualization component, giving users a way to access the 3D modeling capabilities of a cluster's high-end GPU node from their own computers.

If you'd like to learn more about how eQUEUE can help you increase your cluster usage and reduce user error, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We'd also be happy to provide you with a free one-on-one demo of this powerful new tool. You can also read more about eQUEUE by visiting our website.

Tech tip of the month: Sync users across nodes

Any time you add a new user on your cluster's head node or make changes to an existing user, you will need to synchronize those changes across the entire cluster. Advanced Clustering makes this a simple task by using our act_authsync utility. This utility takes all system user configuration files and pushes them out to the nodes that you specify. An example of pushing users' changes out to every node in your cluster is:
$ act_authsync -a

If you want to push changes only to a specific group of nodes you can use the syntax:
$ act_authsync -g <group list name>

For a list of all act_authsync options:
$ act_authsync -h

If you have questions about this utility or any of our other diagnostic tools, feel free to contact our This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Conference wrap-up: MCBIOS at Oklahoma State


The 2014 MBCIOS Conference on the campus of Oklahoma State University was a well-attended event of computational biologists and bioinformaticists from the Midsouth region. But there were also attendees from West Virginia, California and even Saudi Arabia!
We enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the latest in high performance computing with our Pinnacle Flex machines on display. On several occasions, attendees told us how important remote visualization is to them since they need the ability to manipulate large data sets without having to download them from their cluster. This led to discussions and demonstrations of our latest software tool, eQUEUE, which allows users to run the application on the cluster and open a remote interactive session on their laptops or workstations.

We would like to thank Dr. Rakesh Kaundal for the invitation to exhibit, as well as recognize Dr. Dana Brunson for allowing the conference to use Cowboy, the Advanced Clustering-built supercomputer, for the workshop.


New blog posts cover eQUEUE updates, cloud computing

Don't forget to check out our newest blog postings:

Be sure to visit our blog page weekly for new topics!