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Bioinformatics Workstations

HP xw9300 WorkstatiionThe bioinformaticians at CNIO use Linux Workstations in their daily work. The Bioinformatics Unit maintains and updates the Operating System and the applications installed in our workstations park, consisting on more than 40 machines, to guarantee a stable bioinformatics and structural biology working environment.


We use an image of the system that is sent to the machines from time to time using SystemImager. The original, "golden" image is updated in a special machine each time we are requested to install a new application or library. The golden image, thus, contains the latests versions of the operating system, the most complete collection of application and libraries for the development environments we use, and any additional patches / improvements we want to add. Each time the image is rolled out to the workstations park, all the machines are equal to each other. This also means that, should your particular machine fails, a new machine can be cloned in minutes and be ready for work while the broken one is sent for repair.


The user data (his/her home) is not physically located in the workstations, but in a special storage area maintained by CNIO's Information Technology Department. This storage area is automatically backed up daily, so you don't have to worry about saving anything that lives in your home. Any data you store in the workstation disk has the risk to be lost if the hard drive fails, so please consider the local disks as scratch areas.


HP xw9300/9400 Workstation Hardware


Processor, operating system and memory

Operating system installed Ubuntu AMD 64 Breezy
Processor Dual core processors 280 (2.4 GHz) with AMD64 Technology & AMD HyperTransport™
Cache 1 MB L2 cache
System bus 1 GHz AMD HyperTransport
Chipset NVIDIA nForce Professional with AMD-8131 HyperTransport PCI-X tunnel
Memory type 6 GB DDR1-400 MHz ECC
Memory slots 8 DIMM slots
Maximum memory The xw9400 supports up to 64 GB of DDR2 SDRAM, in a configuration of 32 GB per processor (over 32 GB requires
dual CPUs and Quad Ranked DIMMS when supported)

Internal drives

Hard disk drive 2 x 500 GB Serial ATA hard drives in RAID 0 (Stripping)
Hard disk speed 15000 rpm
External drive bays 3 external 5.25" bays
Internal drive bays 5 internal 3.5" bays
Optical drives 1 x 16X DVD+/- RW
1 x 16X DVD-ROM
Disk subsystem controller Integrated SATA-II controller (4 channels) with RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 capability; Integrated dual channel; Ultra320 SCSI controller with optional external connector; Optional Ultra 320 SCSI controller – basic; Optional Ultra 320 SCSI controller – advanced, with RAID support and external connector
Flexible disk drive Optional floppy

System features

Chassis Minitower, rack-mountable
Graphic card 01 NVIDIA Quadro FX 3450 PCI Express (256 MB)
Expansion slot 6 slots: 2 PCI Express x16 graphics and I/O, 3 full-height PCI-X slots (one 133 MHz, two 100 MHz slots), 1 full-length PCI slot
Internal audio Integrated AC’97/16-bit stereo full-duplex, optional SoundBlaster Audigy 2-ZS PCI
Network interface Integrated NVIDIA nForce Professional 10/100/1000 LAN
I/O port Front: 2 USB 2.0, Headphone, Microphone, IEEE 1394; Back: 4 USB 2.0, 1 standard serial port, IEEE 1394, PS/2 keyboard and mouse, 1 RJ-45 to integrated Gigabit LAN, Audio In, Audio Out, Mic In
Power requirements 700 watts
Security management Standard, side cover key lock, USB ports can be deactivated, padlock loop, Kensington lock provision, universal chassis clamp lock, chassis intrusion sensor
Keyboard HP Standard Keyboard (USB or PS/2)
Pointing device 2-button scroll mouse (optical or mechanical) or 3-button mouse (optical or mechanical), USB Spaceball
Dimensions, metric 21.0 x 52.5 x 45.5 cm
Weight, metric Minimum configuration: 19 kg; Maximum configuration: 24 kg
Display features HP L1955 19in Flat Panel Monitor