Penn Chemistry: Computing

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Penn Chemistry Computing offers advanced computing capabilities for our faculty, staff, and researchers. Our 400+ users access some of the latest molecular modelling, simulation, and mathematical software packages. Our desktop users enjoy the latest productivity suites and utilities running on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems. Our researchers have shell and web-based access to a 4-node, 80-core hybrid HPC cluster running Gaussian09 and GAMESS. We also offer printer diagnosis, network troubleshooting, desktop support, data backup advice, and much more. To date, we have over 1,200 network-enabled devices registered on our subnets.


Our staff is committed to providing excellent customer service to its users. We always apply a best-effort approach to problem-solving and it is not uncommon to see our staff go way beyond the call of duty to solve a problem. We have also helped other departments and schools both in and outside of Penn. It is this stellar commitment to quality that makes Penn Chemistry Computing consistently rated as an excellent resource for its users and one of the premier support facilities on campus.


A public access computer lab is located in the rear of the Chemistry Library. Penn Chemistry researchers and graduate students have access to Macintosh, PC, and SGI workstations running instructional and computational software. Our departmental Linux cluster, WebMO cluster, and faculty-owned cluster computers are housed in air-conditioned facilities outside the department. Our help desk is located in room 116 of the Chem '73 building. Please stop by if you have any questions or concerns.


Penn Chemistry Computing is supervised by Andrew Channing, Paul Doherty, and Nick Salvatore.

Department of Chemistry

231 S. 34 Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323

215.898.8317 voice | 215.573.2112 fax |