SBGrid provides comprehensive remote and on-site system administration support for all Linux computers at the Wei lab. The lab has three Linux workstations with Stereo 3D and one GPU-capable Linux workstation. NFS and NIS authentication is served from one of the workstations.

Get Help

For general questions, email SBGrid at help@sbgrid.org and include your name and the name of your lab. Email questions about your software installation to bugs@sbgrid.org.

New lab members should contact help@sbgrid.org to complete their initial setup.


To create or delete your user account, please contact SBGrid at help@sbgrid.org. To change your password please use the yppasswd command.


Linux computers share authentication and data directories and can only be accessed locally from within the lab. Home directories are located at /nfs/home/<username> (example: /nfs/home/wei). Because the IPs are not static, excpet for the NFS/NIS server, unplugging a workstation for a long time may cause the IP to change and break user login. Please contact help@sbgrid.org if this happens.

SBGrid's comprehensive collections of structural biology applications is located in the /programs directory.

Storage and Backup:

The NFS server home data is backed up to a local external hard drive. A cron job runs every hour and syncs the data. This should be checked monthly to ensure that backups are working.

General IT Support:

Support for office computing is provided by local Genzyme IT.