Biowulf at the NIH
RSS Feed
XPLOR-NIH on Biowulf

XPLOR-NIH is a structure determination program which builds on the X-PLOR v 3.851 program, including additional tools developed at the NIH. These tools include functionality for the following:

The advantage of running Xplor-NIH on Biowulf would be to spawn a large number of independent refinement jobs which would run on multiple Biowulf nodes. Note that each run is not parallel; the speedup is produced by the swarm of independent jobs. Thus it is ideally suited for refining multiple NMR structure models. Xplor-NIH is based on Xplor 3.851.

XPLOR was developed at Yale University, and the NIH extensions were developed by G. Marius Clore, John Kuszewski, Charles D. Schwieters, and Nico Tjandra at the NIH.

XPLOR-NIH web site, including tools for use at NIH

Xplor Manual

Running Xplor-NIH on Biowulf

To set up the paths for Xplor-NIH, use 'module load xplor-nih'. This will load the default (latest) version of Xplor-NIH. To load a particular version, use the module commands as demonstrated below:

[user@biowulf ~]$ module avail xplor-nih

------------------------ /usr/local/Modules/3.2.9/modulefiles --------------------
xplor-nih/2.31           xplor-nih/2.32

[user@biowulf ~]$ module load xplor-nih/2.31

[user@biowulf ~]$ module list
Currently Loaded Modulefiles:
  1) xplor-nih/2.31

Xplor-NIH requires the usual set of Xplor input files -- coordinates, xplor input files, topology/parameter files. The 'standard' files are in /usr/local/xplor-nih/.

To submit an Xplor-NIH batch job on Biowulf, you need a PBS batch script.
Sample script, modified from Charles Schwieters.

# This is a PBS script to run parallel XPLOR-NIH jobs on Biowulf
# CDS - 12/16/02

# PBS stuff
#PBS -N xplor-nih
#PBS -S /bin/sh
#PBS -m be
#PBS -k oe

# cd to the 'working' directory, from where the job is being submitted.
# This can also be set to an explicit pathname.

# uncomment if the script is a python script

# name of XPLOR script

# name of output file (output will appear in script.out.#)
#  where # is 0-(num processors)

#location of xplor
module load xplor-nih

#list of nodes on which to run:
#   this to run two jobs on each node. Do not change this.

# run xplor
env XPLOR_RSH="rsh -n" \
    xplor  $PY -parallel -o $LOGFILE -machines $XPLOR_MACHINES \

# clean up

Submit this job with a command like:

qsub -l nodes=8 scriptname

Monitoring your job

\As with all jobs on Biowulf, the individual job or the entire system can be monitored with a variety of web-based tools. On the right is an image of the monitor for all jobs belonging to one user. See the Biowulf user guide for a description of these tools.

Biowulf Cluster monitors



Xplor-NIH test suite.
Node type Time
12 x 2.8 GHz Intel X5660
8 x 2.67 GHz Intel X5550