The MGCF (Molecular Graphics and Computation Facility) is a research resource in computational chemistry and scientific visualization for over 50 research groups in the College of Chemistry and the wider UC Berkeley campus community. We also serve research groups at other universities including MIT, U of Oregon, U of Texas, and other UC's.

We provide high-performance computing resources for research and educational uses in chemistry and related disciplines. The facility was founded in 1990 with NIH funding and has since been supported through NIH, NSF and generous corporate sponsorship.

The main MGCF interactive workspace is in 175 Tan Hall while our servers housed in the campus Data Center. In 175 Tan Hall, we have 12 workstations for interactive use (4K monitors, 24 core x 128GB, Nvidia GPU cards). The Data Center houses our computing cluster with 3 types of nodes (36 Main nodes with 64 core x 512GB, 30 Small nodes (called cubs) with 12 core x 48GB, and 1 GPU node with 6 x Nvidia Tesla cards). See details about individual software for recommended core and RAM settings and submission protocols.

We have 2 full-time scientists providing technical consulting on project feasibility, equipment and software use.

Operations are supported by modest access and use fees.


MGCF Contacts:

General inquires or support questions: mgcf@berkeley.edu

Facility Director, Dr. Kathleen Durkin: durkin@berkeley.edu

Facility Scientist, Dr. Dave Small: mgcf@berkeley.edu


Kavli ENSI: The MCGF provides computing resources for Kavli ENSI researchers. There are 2 dedicated Kavli ENSI workstations in 175 Tan Hall but Kavli ENSI researchers have full access to all MGCF resources as described on this site.


Chevron Instructional Facility: Generously funded by Chevron and supporting undergraduate classes in the College of Chemistry, this is the south half of 175 Tan Hall. It is managed for the College of Chemistry by ETS. Email Esayas Kelkile if you want to use the Chevron Facility for a class or event.