Welcome group members

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Welcome to the lab. This page is designed for new group members, our collaborators and anyone else who wishes to access our cluster via ssh.


As you know, we have two labs, one in Toronto and one in San Francisco. Moreover, in each location there are shared clusters that we have access to. We take up each in turn.

San Francisco - shared cluster

Contact Teague who will ask Josh to set up an account for you.

San Francisco - new cluster

Welcome to the lab. Here is what you need to know to get started.

  • 1. Your account. Get it from your system administrator Therese Demers (or John Irwin).
  • 2. Your home is on /nfs/home/<your_id>/. This area is backed up and is for important persistent files.
  • 3. You should run docking jobs and other intense calculations in /nfs/work/<your_id>/.
  • 4. You should keep static data (e.g. crystallography data, results of published papers) in /nfs/store/<your_id>/.
  • 5. Lab guests get 100GB in each of these areas, and lab members get 500GB. You may request more, just ask!
  • 6. If you go over your limit, you get emails for 2 weeks, then we impose a hard limit if you have not solved your overage.
  • 7. You can choose bash or tcsh to be your default shell. We don't care. Everything should work equally well with both.
  • 8. There is a special kind of static data, databases, for which you may request space. They will go in /nfs/db/<db_name>/. e.g. /nfs/db/zinc/ and /nfs/db/dude/ and /nfs/db/pdb and so on.
  • 9. Please run large docking jobs on /nfs/work and not on /nfs/store or /nfs/home. When you publish a paper, please delete what you can, compress the rest, and move it to /store/. Do not leave it on /work/ if you are no longer using it actively.
  • 10. Set up your account so that you can log in all across the cluster without a password. ssh-keygen; cd .ssh; cp id_rsa.pub authorized_keys; chmod 600 authorized_keys;
  • 11. Software lives in /nfs/software/. All our machines are 64 bit Centos 6.3 unless otherwise indicated.
  • 12. Python 2.7 and 3.0 are installed. We currently recommend 2.7 because of library availability, but that may change soon. (Aug 2012)
  • 13. If you use tcsh, copy .login and .cshrc from ~jji/ ; If you use bash, copy .bash_profile from ~jji/

Access from home

How to generate ssh keys securely


Good habits

Set aside a quiet time every month to review your disk usage, and compress, delete or move excessive usage.

Synchrotron trips

We can help arrange to store your data in a safe place. Ask before you leave.

When you leave the lab

Please discuss with Teague or Therese or John one month before you leave the lab to agree on which of your files will remain. We can provide you with portable disks so you can take software and data with you, if you like. If you want to take the lab software with you, we can help with that too.

Computational Resources

  • CSD
  • ppilot
  • openeye
  • cactvs


Brenda is at /raid5/backonce/joha/DB3/5_BRENDA2SDF/ORG_BRENDA_MOL_FILES_PREP/brenda_031306.ism
mysql is at mysql -u joha -p*secret* -h (brenda-machine-name-ask-jji) brenda
wombat is at ~jerome/sets/wombat/wombat_20062/wombat.20062.sdf.gz