Software: Several licensed software packages have been acquired and/or maintained by the WFU DEAC Cluster facility for the benefit of research computing. The facility also makes available some research computing focused software that is licensed for the entire Wake Forest University community as well.
In addition to software provided by Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the list of licensed software includes:
- Intel‘s Intel Cluster Compiler Suite
- Portland Group‘s Portland Compiler Suite
- Absoft‘s Pro Fortran Compilers
- MathWorks‘ MATLAB
- Wolfram‘s Mathematica
- MapleSoft ‘s Maple
- ITT‘s IDL
Users of the cluster are encouraged to visit the Support Wiki for more details of versions and usage.
Code Repositories: The WFU DEAC Cluster currently provides a subversion-based source code repository service, accessibly over HTTP/SSL, to any cluster user or research group. Users developing software as part of their research are strongly encouraged to learn and embrace standard source code management practices. The skill set is not only useful outside of academia but aids greatly in systematically tracking all changes made to software when scrutinizing your results.
Offline Data Storage: In the past, storing old research results was a task undertaken primarily to maintain the chance to re-analyze questioned results. Today, funding agencies are becoming more strict about data standards, both in retention of data but also in making data publicly available. The WFU DEAC Cluster provides a tape archival service for cluster users to archive their data.
Web Site Hosting: Research groups can request dedicated web hosting capability to export data sets (for compliance reasons) or to provide a front-end interface for web-based workload submission.
Virtual Desktop/Thin Clients: Thin clients are energy efficient, secure, and provide persistent, portable desktop environments. Additionally, they have no moving parts (longevity) and are not tied to a single user. Group labs or students working on different schedules can share the same thin client device. The WFU DEAC Cluster provides support for SunRay based thin clients to enable research groups to consolidate costs and permit secure offsite work environments.