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An overview of Computing in Theoretical Physics

Theoretical Physics provides several kinds of computing resource to enable its students and staff to carry out effective research. The systems provided include a highly-capable Apple desktop computing system, and access to several cluster computers for users with high-performance computing needs.

Categories: Theory

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A description of the procedure for Self-Administering a system in Theoretical Physics

If you wish to administer a desktop in Theoretical Physics yourself you will first need to contact IT Support to discuss the procedure for self-administration of the system. When a system is to be self-administered it will be reloaded with the desired operating system and IT Support will register the system on the correct part of the network for you. Because we need to ensure the security of the network and reliability of services offered to other staff and students there are a number of other requirements that must also be met:

Categories: Policy | Theory

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How to access Apple Screen Sharing to give yourself a Apple desktop screen session

All OS X 10.8 and above Apple desktop systems have Apple Screen Sharing enabled which allows you to remotely access a Apple desktop system environment.

If you are external to the Physics Department network you will need to first connect to either VPN or open a ssh tunnel on port 5900 to the department before you can connect to the systems.

Categories: Apple | Astrophysics | Mac | OS X | Remote Access | Theory | VNC

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Configuration settings to make full use of Centrally-maintained printers

At some stage in the process of installing a printer, you should be asked to specify optional features. This page attempts to document the extra facilities of the printers maintained by Central Physics, which for any one type tend to have a uniform set of extras. For a list of Central-Physics printers (by queue name, type and location), please see List of Printers in Physics.

Categories: Apple | Astrophysics | Laptops | Linux | Mac | OS X | Printing | Theory | Windows

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How to install Dropbox

Dropbox is available to install via the Self Service application. If you are on a Apple Desktop System you may need to logout and back in again for Dropbox to work.

Please Note:

  • Be very careful of the type of data you store in your Dropbox folder. Consider any data stored in your Dropbox folder to be in the public domain.

Categories: Apple | Astrophysics | Mac | OS X | Theory | dropbox

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Installing and using a personal build of MacPorts

The MyMacPorts package, in the Development section of Self-Service, permits the creation and updating of a personal installation of MacPorts under the standard setup for MacOS X systems, without conflicting with the centrally-distributed instance of MacPorts. Your personal instance can include both end-user software and libraries.

Please see also:

Categories: Apple | Astro software | Astrophysics | Development | Mac | MyMacPorts | OS X | Theory | macports

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Interactive background processing

If you're running a command-line program which takes a fortnight to run to completion, you don't need to leave yourself logged on for a fortnight. Using the screen facility, you can start up your program, detach the "screen session", log off, log on remotely a week later (from, for example, a cybercafe in the middle of the Lake District), reattach your session from there, and examine the progress of your long-running program.

Categories: Apple | Astro software | Astrophysics | HOWTO | Mac | OS X | Theory

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How to connect to a Sharp printer from a Linux computer

Centrally managed machines and sharp printers

Centrally managed machines can connect to printers using lpd, which we have found to be more reliable than Samba for all printers except SharpHold.

Note: For SharpHold, please use the "Samba" instructions below.

Categories: Astrophysics | Linux | Printing | Theory

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The Self-Service facility under Mac OS X

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The Self-Service Application allows you to update or install preconfigured software onto your Apple Macintosh system without the need for full administrative access to the system.

Categories: Apple | Astro software | Astrophysics | Mac | OS X | Self Service | Theory

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How to remotely access the Theory IT Systems

There are several ways of accessing your system and data remotely on the Theoretical Physics systems.

Theoretical Physics SSH servers

In addition to the Central SSH servers Theoretical Physics has their own SSH servers these are called:

Categories: Apple | Mac | OS X | Remote Access | Theory