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Astronomy Computing

  1. Accounts
  2. Computers and software
  3. Email
  4. Wifi and cable networks
  5. Observational data
  6. Printing
We provide a number of public computers and peripherals for general use by our visiting astronomers . We kindly ask our users to follow the conditions of use for ING computers and networks. The information given below does not include the computers or the user accounts of the telescopes' observing systems.

Accounts

Two computer user accounts are allocated for your observing run by default, observer and guest, details of which are available from your Support Astronomer (SA). The observer account can only be used to run the observing system, while the guest account can be used for reducing data, analysis, etc. Note that files in the root directory of the observer account are removed after 2 weeks. If you wish to keep an observing script, make a directory and save it there.

We can provide you with up to 3 additional guest accounts if necessary (see the current account assignments. For more guest accounts that you might require, or if you are visiting the ING and you need an account, please complete the Computing Facilities Questionnaire for visiting astronomers.

Certain access restrictions are applicable when using these guest accounts. In accordance with the ING Computer Security Policy, guest accounts are provided to be used within the ING network domain. That is to say, access to ING resources via these accounts is only permitted if the user is on ING premises.

Computers and software

The following desktops can be used with the provided account upon your arrival. Please note that our main software repository is on LINUX.

ComputerLocationOperating systemSoftware
ASTROMAC1  WHT terminal room  Mac OS X Lion 10.7/Windows 7  ASTROMAC1 
ASTROMAC2  Moon Room, 5th floor, SLO office  Mac OS X Lion 10.7  ASTROMAC2 
ASTROUBU1  Virtual  Linux Ubuntu  LINUX UBUNTU SLO 
ASTROWIN1  Virtual  Windows 2008 server R2  ASTROWIN1 
ASTROWIN2  Moon Room, 5th floor, SLO office  Windows 7 Professional 64-bit  ASTROWIN2 
INTDRPC1  INT control room  Linux Ubuntu  LINUX UBUNTU ORM 
INTDRPC2  INT control room  Linux Ubuntu  LINUX UBUNTU ORM 
lpss86  SLO building  SunOS 5.10  SOLARIS 
WHTDRPC1  WHT control room (behind control desk)  Linux Ubuntu  LINUX UBUNTU ORM 
WHTDRPC2  WHT control room  Linux Ubuntu  LINUX UBUNTU ORM 
WHTDRPC3  Virtual  Linux Ubuntu  LINUX UBUNTU ORM 
WHTDRPC4  WHT terminal room  Linux Ubuntu  LINUX UBUNTU ORM 
WHTDRPC5  WHT terminal room  Linux Ubuntu  LINUX UBUNTU ORM 
WHTDRPC6  WHT first floor  Linux Ubuntu  LINUX UBUNTU ORM 
Note: to connect to ASTROWIN1 from Linux: "rdesktop -u <username> -d ING -g 90% ASTROWIN1". Alternatively, type "tsclient" and select a terminal or add a connection to ASTROWIN1.

Email

Please be aware that the use of the email outgoing ports 25 (SMTP) and 465 (SMTPS) within the ING network is not permitted, unless used for connecting with an ING email server. As a consequence you can read but not send out email using, for instance, an application on your laptop to connect with your usual email server. Alternative ways to email from within the ING network like webemail, or SSH, VPN or EDUROAM connections are not affected by this network security restriction.

Wifi and cable networks

ING's wireless external network ingext is password-protected at the WHT and INT control rooms, please contact your SA or Observing Support Assistant (OSA) to get the password, or check your visitor's pack upon your arrival. For accessing ingext elsewhere (WHT's building, INT's dinning room, Residencia's lounge or ING's sea-level office) registering the MAC address of your wifi card on your device is necessary, please submit a Computing Facilities Questionnaire for visiting astronomers. ingext requires Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), no static IP addresses are available.

You can apply for a cable network access, based on DHCP. Please provide your ethernet MAC address using the Computing Facilities Questionnaire for visiting astronomers. You can use any of the spare wall UTP ports, although we strongly recommend those marked as "General Ports". Keep the wall port free if not being used. In case you are not using DHCP, we also provide some static IP addresses at the disposal of the visitors if the ethernet MAC address wasn't registered previously.

IAC operates a wireless network at the Residencia that can be accessed from the bedrooms. Details on how to use it can be obtained at the reception of the Residencia. ING also provides a network hub in the computer room of the Residencia. For plugging your computer there you need DHCP and registering your ethernet's MAC address using the Computing Facilities Questionnaire for visiting astronomers.

Users of Macintosh are requested to contact the ING Computing Group using the Computing Facilities Questionnaire for visiting astronomers well in advance of their visit, if they suspect that they will require any specific support for their computers.

If your institution is connected to the network, you can log on the ING's eduroam wifi network using your network's username and password at your institution (enter username@domain as username). At the ING, security is set to WPA2-Enterprise and encryption to AES CCMP. More information can be found at

Observational data

The ING provides visiting astronomers with DVDs for data recording, and DDS3 tapes if using the INT/WFC, whilst they are observing. Visitors can also use their external devices to download the data or data transfer via FTP. Please follow these instructions for transferring and recording data.

It is an ING policy that all astronomical images are archived and eventually sent to the image archive operated by the CASU Astronomical Data Centre in Cambridge (see the ING data ownership policy for more information. To ensure that all images are archived, please do not delete any files on the observing directories.

If you need to recover any data or an observational log of your run during the propietary period, your request will need to be made via the ING Astronomy Group. Please contact the Support Astronomer of your observing run or the Head of Astronomy.

The following are data areas at the disposal of visitors:

DirectoryAssigmentComments
/scratch/whta/  WHT observers  Scratch area. No backups. 
/reduction/local/  WHT and INT observers  Local scratch areas on *DRPC* computers. No backups. 
/obsdata/whta/  WHT observers  WHT observational data. Do not reduce data here. 
/obsdata/outgoing/whtguest/  WHT observers  FTP area anonymously acccesible at ftp://ftp.ing.iac.es/whtguest/. Do not reduce data here. 
/data/whtguest/  WHT observers  whtguest data repository. Weekly backup. 

/reduction/local/  WHT and INT observers  Local scratch areas on *DRPC* computers. No backups. 
/scratch/inta/  INT observers  Scratch area. No backups. 
/obsdata/inta/  INT observers  INT observational data. Do not reduce data here. 
/obsdata/outgoing/intguest/  INT observers  FTP area anonymously accesible at ftp://ftp.ing.iac.es/intguest/. Do not reduce data here. 
/data/intguest/  INT observers  intguest data repository. Weekly backup. 

/scratch/slo/  SLO users  Scratch area. No backups. 
/obsdata/outgoing/sloguest/  SLO guests  FTP area anonymously acccesible at ftp://ftp.ing.iac.es/sloguest/. Do not reduce data here. 
/data/sloguest/  SLO guests  Data area for sloguest user. 

To work with observational data, first copy the files to a scratch area. Do not use the /obsdata or /home directories for data storage or reduction. Please be aware that scratch areas are not backed up and files older than 1 year could be removed without previous warning if free disk capacity drops below 5%.

Printing

The following printers are available to our users:

PrinterLocationDescriptionIP
hpwht  WHT terminal room.  B/W duplex laser A4 printer. On Linux: wht_laser. nslookup hpwht 
whtcolor  WHT terminal room.  Colour duplex laser A4 printer. On Windows: wht_color. On Linux: whtcolor. nslookup whtcolor 
whtfax  WHT terminal room.  Colour duplex ink A4/A3 fax, printer, copier and scanner. On windows only. nslookup whtfax 
hpwht3  WHT Operations Team room.  B/W duplex laser A4 printer. On Linux: ops_laser. nslookup hpwht3 
wht-1floor  WHT first floor corridor.  B/W duplex laser A4 printer. On windows only. nslookup wht-1floor 
intcolor  INT first floor.  Colour duplex laser A4 printer, copier, scanner, fax. nslookup intcolor 
hpint  INT control room.  B/W duplex laser A4 printer. On Linux: int_laser. nslookup hpint 
astrofax  5th floor, sea-level office.  Colour duplex laser A4 fax, printer, copier and scanner. nslookup astrofax 
hp-5c  5th floor, sea-level office.  Colour duplex laser A4 printer. nslookup hp-5c 
hp-5d  5th floor, sea-level office.  B/W duplex laser A4 printer. nslookup hp-5d 
hp-3a  3rd floor, sea-level office.  B/W duplex laser A4 printer. nslookup hp-3a 
hp-3b  3rd floor, sea-level office.  Colour non-duplex A4/A3 laser printer. nslookup hp-3b 
sloscanner  3rd floor, sea-level office.  Colour duplex ink A4/A3 printer, copier and scanner. On windows: sloscanner; on linux: br-3c. nslookup sloscanner 

Below are examples of how to print from a Linux computer:

lp -d<printer> <file>

lp -d<printer> -o sides=two-sided-long-edge <file>

lp -d<printer> -o media=a3 <file>

Where <printer> is the printer's name as provided in the first column of the table above, except otherwise noted. If you need to print from your laptop using ingext network, please follow the instructions on how to print to ING printers as a guest.



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Last modified: 20 June 2012