Theoretical Physics Apple Desktop System

Desktop iMacs

Theoretical Physics provides a unified, multi-user desktop system for its members to perform day-to-day computing tasks and smaller numerical tasks. The system is based around Apple iMac desktop clients, older systems with a 2--3 GHz Intel Core 2 CPU and 2GB RAM. The newer widescreen iMacs with 2.5 Ghz Intel Core i5 (4 cores) and 4GB RAM.
iMac: Every desk in Theoretical Physics has a modern, desktop iMac

The desktop clients share authentication information and each mount a common filesystem, meaning that users can log into any or all iMacs at
both the console and via SSH. Each system runs a common, continuously developed software set that provides modern
and stable software on the desktop, and ensures that code that runs on one machine can be easily run on all the other machines in the system.

MacPro Clients

The Apple desktop system also has several workstation-class MacPro clients that provide a stop-gap between the performance of the desktop iMac systems
and the cluster computers. These machines have either 8-core Intel Xeon CPUS run at ~3GHz and 4GB--16GB RAM. They run the same software set as the desktop iMacs, so code compiled on the desktop system can easily be made to run on the MacPro hardware.

MacPro's (2010 models)


Quick links

  • To request an account on the Apple desktop system, please contact the departmental administrator.
  • If you have arrived and do not have a desktop iMac on your desk, please contact Theory support immediately.

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