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System Requirements for Discovery Studio 2016

The following sections cover the system requirements for Discovery Studio:

Supported Operating Systems

Operating System

Architecture

Client

Server

Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit
+
+*
Microsoft Windows 7 32 bit
+
 
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 64 bit
+
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 bit +
+*
Microsoft Windows 2012 Server R2 64 bit
+
Red Hat Enterprise Linux v6.3+ 64 bit
+
+
Red Hat Enterprise Linux v7 64 bit
+
+
SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server 11 64 bit
+

* The server has not been fully validated but there are no known issues reported when running in a single user environment. It is not recommended for multiple users.

Processor and RAM Requirements

  • Processor: An Intel-compatible processor ≥2 GHz with x86_64 architecture is required.
  • RAM: A minimum of 4 GB of memory. Additional RAM will allow you to work with more and larger systems.

Disk Space Requirements

The following table gives approximate space requirements for Discovery Studio. The databases are optional but provide additional capabilities when installed.

Module

Approximate Size

Discovery Studio Client 1 GB
AEP Server with DS Component Collections 10 GB
Antibody Database (redundant structures) 3 GB
BLAST Database 80 GB
PharmaDB 5 GB

Supported Graphics Cards

The following graphics cards are supported for the client. Cards that are certified have been validated with Discovery Studio. Non-certified cards are expected to work with Discovery Studio, but have not been tested. See Supported Graphics Card Drivers below for a list of supported drivers.

Note the following:

  • Some ATI drivers are known to have problems when DS is run as an administrator (root).
  • Limited testing has been run on Intel graphics cards on Windows. Some of these cards do not support all features used by Discovery Studio. The Optimize Graphics Setting startup option will detect this and disable those features.

Graphics Card

Performance

Certified

Stereo Support

AMD FirePro W5000 mid + (Win 7 64 bit) +
AMD FirePro W8000
high
+ (Linux 64 bit) +
ATI FireGL V3600
basic
 
ATI FireGL V5600
mid
 
ATI FireGL V7600
high
+
ATI FireGL V7700
high
+
ATI FireGL V8600
ultra high
 
+
ATI FirePro V3750
basic
 
ATI FirePro V3800
basic
 
 
ATI FirePro V4800
mid
 
ATI FirePro V4900 mid +  
ATI FirePro V5700
mid
 
ATI FirePro V5800
mid
 
 
ATI FirePro V5900 mid +  
ATI FirePro V7900 mid    
ATI FirePro V8700
high
+
NVIDIA Quadro FX370
basic
   
NVIDIA Quadro FX380
basic
   
NVIDIA Quadro FX570 basic
 
NVIDIA Quadro FX580 basic +  
NVIDIA Quadro FX1700
mid
   
NVIDIA Quadro FX1800
mid
   
NVIDIA Quadro FX4800 high   +
NVIDIA Quadro FX5800 ultra high  
+
NVIDIA Quadro 600 basic +  
NVIDIA Quadro 2000/K2000 mid + + (Win only)
NVIDIA Quadro K2200 mid +  
NVIDIA Quadro 4000/K4000 high   +
NVIDIA Quadro K5000 high   +
NVIDIA Quadro 6000 ultra high   +

Supported Graphics Card Drivers

Operating System

ATI/AMD

ATI

NVIDIA (Quadro and Quadro K-Series)

NVDIA (Quadro FX Series)

Microsoft Windows 7 15.201.2401 8.911.33 341.92 310.90
Microsoft Windows 8.1 15.201.2401 13.352.1006** 341.92 310.90
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3+ 15.201.2401 8.982.8.3 340.93 310.44
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 15.201.2401   340.93

* Supported on RedHat Enterprise Linux 6.4+
** Supports ATI FirePro V3800 and above

Supported Grid Systems

If you are planning to install on a grid, BIOVIA Pipeline Pilot 2016 supports the following grid system versions:

  • Oracle Grid Engine (OGE) 6.2 (previously known as Sun Grid Engine (SGE) 6.1), Univa Grid Engine (UGE) 8.2.1
  • PBS Professional 12.0.1
  • Platform LSF 7.00 Update 3

Additional Software Requirements

System Libraries (Linux)

Certain system libraries may be required for the correct operation of Discovery Studio.To automatically detect which libraries may be required for your system, run the check_system.sh script, available on the Discovery Studio distribution. For details, see Required System Libraries.

BLAST

The BLAST Search (DS server) and PSI-BLAST Search protocols require a separately installed BLAST database, which can be downloaded from the Download Center. For more details regarding the extraction and installation of the databases, see the installation instructions on the Download Center or the help topic "Installing databases for BLAST Search (DS server) and PSI-BLAST Search".

GNOME Desktop (Linux)

The Discovery Studio Client is optimized for the GNOME Desktop. We recommend that you install and configure this software, which is available on your Linux distribution media. Note that KDE Desktop is also supported.