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System Requirements for Discovery Studio 3.5

The following sections cover the system requirements for Discovery Studio:

Supported Operating Systems

Operating System

Architecture

32 bit client

32 bit server

64 bit server

Microsoft® Windows XP Professional SP2 and SP3 32 bit
+
+
Microsoft Windows 2003 Server SP1 and SP2 32 bit
+
Microsoft Windows Vista, Business and Enterprise Editions SP1 32 bit
+
+
Microsoft Windows 7 SP1* 64 bit
+
+*
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2 R2 64 bit
+
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 4.4 through 4.7 32 bit
+
+
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.4 through 4.7 64 bit
+
+
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 through 5.7 64 bit
+
+
+
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3** 64 bit +
+
SUSE® Linux Enterprise 10 SP2 64 bit
+
+
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 64 bit
+

* Running the server on Windows 7 has not been validated, but there are no known issues reported when running in a single user environment. It is not recommended for multiple users.

** Queuing systems, public and private clusters, grids (LSF, PBS, SGE), and parallel computing has not been validated for RHEL 6.3. For ATI cards on RHEL 6.3, use version 8.911.3.4 of the driver.

Processor and RAM Requirements

  • Processor: An Intel-compatible ≥2 GHz with x86 or x86_64 architecture is required.
  • RAM: A minimum of 2 GB of memory for Discovery Studio Client and 2 GB for the Pipeline Pilot Server. Ideally, a total of 4 GB should be available if the client and server are installed on the same machine.

Disk Space Requirements

Basic Installation

Module

Windows

32 bit Linux

64 bit Linux

Discovery Studio Client 500 MB 900 MB N/A
Pipeline Pilot with DS Component Collections 2.8 GB 3.5 GB 4.4 GB
License Pack 105 MB 200 MB N/A
Total 3.4 GB 4.6 GB 4.4 GB

Databases

Additional space is required if you plan to install one or more of the following databases. The databases are installed separately. See the Discovery Studio Installation Guide for details..

Module

Windows

32 bit Linux

64 bit Linux

BLAST Database 19 GB 19 GB N/A
Modeler Database 36 GB 36 GB N/A
PharmaDB 5.2 GB 5.2 GB 5.2 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) +
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 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 mid + + (Windows only)
NVIDIA Quadro 4000 high + +
NVIDIA Quadro 6000 ultra high + +

Supported Graphics Card Drivers

Operating System

AMD

ATI

NVDIA

Microsoft® Windows XP (32 bit)   8.911.3.3 295.73
Microsoft Windows Vista (32 bit)   8.911.3.3 295.73
Microsoft Windows 7 (64 bit) 8.982.2 8.911.3.3 295.73
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux 4 (32 bit)   8.723 295.20
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (64 bit)   8.723 295.20
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (64 bit)   8.911.3.3 295.20
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (64 bit)   8.911.3.4 295.20
SUSE® Linux Enterprise 10 (64 bit)   8.911.3.3 295.20

Supported Grid Systems

If you are planning to install on a grid, Pipeline Pilot 8.5 supports the following grid system versions:

  • Oracle Grid Engine (OGE) 6.2 (previously known as Sun Grid Engine (SGE) 6.1)
  • PBS Professional 9.2
  • 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 and profile databases

The BLAST Search (DS server) and PSI-BLAST Search protocols require a separately installed BLAST database. Scan Sequence Profiles requires a separately installed profile database. For details, see Installing databases for BLAST Search (DS server) and PSI-BLAST Search and Installing and configuring a profile database.

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.

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