A Beowulf Cluster for Computational Chemistry

  • K. A. Hawick
  • D. A. Grove
  • P. D. Coddington
  • H. A. James
  • M. A. Buntine
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1823)


We have constructed a Beowulf cluster of networked PCs that is dedicated to solving chemistry problems using standard software packages such as Gaussian and GAMESS. We describe the economic and performance trade-offs in the design of the cluster, and present some some selected benchmark results for a parallel version of GAMESS. We believe that the Beowulf we have constructed offers the best price/performance ratio for our chemistry applications, and that commodity clusters can now provide dedicated supercomputer performance within the budget of most university departments.


Parallel Version Standard Software Package Beowulf Cluster Distribute Memory Architecture Shared Memory Programming 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. A. Hawick
    • 1
  • D. A. Grove
    • 1
  • P. D. Coddington
    • 1
  • H. A. James
    • 1
  • M. A. Buntine
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of AdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryUniversity of AdelaideAustralia

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