Computing at 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.

There are several ways to contact computer support in Theory, but by far the most useful is to email

Intel Core 2 CPU (Image Source)

Quick links

  • To request an account on the Apple desktop system, please contact the departmental administrator.
  • To register a laptop for use on the wireless network (be it yours or that of a visitor), please click here.
  • A code of etiquette for running numerical jobs on the Apple machines is available here.
  • Instructions for upgrading your Apple desktop system to the latest version of OS X can be found here
  • A description of the procedure for Self-Administering a system in Theoretical Physics can be found here
  • The policy for purchasing a laptop in Theoretical Physics can be found here

Overview of services

Theoretical Physics itself provides:


Documentation for the Apple desktop system can be found here (Physics network only). The documentation is continually in the process of being updated, and some is out-of-date. Please feel free to log in with your Physics username and password to make changes and add pages as you see fit. Once documentation is finalised, it will be copied to these pages.

The desktop system, particularly the set of MacPorts installed, changes regularly, so details of the set-up are kept on the wiki, which you can edit with your iMac login/email account. Requests for additional software or suggestions for improvement are very welcome either as wiki edits, or by getting in touch directly.

Brief documentation for the use of the cluster computer Hydra can be found here.

We also have further information about connecting to printers and provisions for web service. Some of this documentation may be restricted to hosts within Physics.

Public policy documents

Categories: Theory