SGE Cluster Docking

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SGE Cluster Information

  • '' is the submit machine for the Sun Grid Engine (SGE) cluster. wilco is also authorized to submit jobs.
  • There are around 250 cluster nodes providing 600 total cores to run jobs in the sge queue as of May, 2009, named like 'node-1-1' through 'node-3-36' where the first number is the rack # and the second is the slot # in that rack.

SGE Commands

  • sgestat: high level overview of cluster status
  • qsub: submit jobs
  • qstat: check job status
  • qdel: remove jobs
  • qhost: check cluster status
  • man sge_intro: start of manpage documentation

Typical Docking Workflow

  • Generate spheres and grids - See Using MakeDOCK for more information, including how to prepare the receptor and ligand
ssh   # ssh to SGE submit machine
mkdir example                  # make docking directory
cd example                     # change to docking directory
cp <somedir>/rec.pdb .         # copy or create rec.pdb
cp <somedir>/xtal-lig.mol2 .   # copy or create xtal-lig.mol2 (or even xtal-lig.pdb)
startdockblaster5              # create spheres and grids                 
                               # Check output for WARNING messages, correct as needed
  • Setting up a docking run
cp calibrate/INDOCK.1.A INDOCK # copy or create INDOCK
md4db.csh bysubset 2 100       # create directories for docking run with 100 chunks
                               # 2 indicates we want the fragment-like subset of ZINC (See
cd run.2                       # chdir into run.2 directory
  • Everything else
See MUD - Michael's Utilities for Docking for how to submit, check, and analyse the docking run.

For information on which ZINC