[clug] Request for Ideas/Suggestions: Fedora Scientific Spin

Amit Saha Amit.Saha at student.adfa.edu.au
Mon Jul 4 05:29:45 MDT 2011

On 07/04/2011 09:28 PM, Amit Saha wrote:
> On 07/03/2011 10:09 PM, Robin Humble wrote:
>> On Sun, Jul 03, 2011 at 09:16:27PM +1000, Brad Hards wrote:
>>> On Sunday 03 July 2011 13:31:45 Amit Saha wrote:
>>>> It would be of great help if the interested ones among you suggest some
>>>> generic tools for numerical computing/scientific research that you find
>>>> really useful which is not already included in the list of packages in
>>>> the above wiki page.
>>> I note gcc in the list, but a C++ compiler might also be useful.
>>> Maybe MPI.
>> openmpi definitely. more science == more cpu power, and cpus aren't
>> getting faster so parallel is the only option.
>> gfortran is necessary for all those 1970's fortran codes that are
>> (sadly) still going strong.
>> (p)netcdf, hdf5, and their python interfaces are widely used across
>> disciplines. pnmtools remains awesome, as does xv. some people use
>> imagemagick but it's very inefficient.
>> random others ->
>> boost, petsc, ffmpeg, mencoder, ipm, gmp, octave, valgrind, fftw
>> as you can see I'm not limiting myself to purely gpl codes, but these
>> are what always gets installed on science machines, so hey...
>> I guess you can't include the intel compilers and idl? :)
>> torque, maui, powerman, conman, pdsh/c3, modules, and maybe slurm for
>> clusters.
>> not many clusters run fedora though - it obsoletes too fast. ISV codes
>> and
>> cluster folks (eg. me) want stability for a few years so run
>> rhel/centos/sl +
>> maybe epel. but as fedora flows on into rhel, I thought I'd mention it.
>>> several - git, bzr, hg) probably should be there too. Perhaps a GUI
>>> for the
>>> DVCS.
>> a lot of folks seem to use cvs/svn still, while the new kids seem to
>> prefer github.
>>> Depending on how you see research, perhaps something for document
>>> management
>>> (e.g. bibliography, perhaps some kind of tool to stash PDFs of reference
>>> papers) might be useful.
>> bibtex, latex, and I forget what the latex gui is - never used it.
> Thanks a lot Andrew!

OOps! That would be Robin. My bad.



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