Computer Facilities

How do I scan documents and convert them into pdf files?
  1. Login as lpluser (no password) to the Windows 2000 PC in Room 331. 
  2. Use Explorer to create a new folder under C:\users\yourname. 
  3. Double-click on the HP Precision Scan Pro 3.01 icon. 
  4. Place the first page of your lecture notes in the upper-right corner of the HP ScanJet 7400C's glass bed (face-down) and close the lid. 
  5. Click Scan -> New Scan. 
  6. Wait for the lamp to warm up (one minute). 
  7. Use the mouse to outline the area of the scanned page that you wish to record. 
  8. Click Scan -> Save As. 
  9. Navigate to c:\temp. 
  10. Save the image as a PDF file (e.g., yourfile.pdf). 
  11. Lift the scanner lid, replace page 1 with page 2, and close the lid. 
  12. Click Scan in the "Scan another page into current document" pop-up. 
  13. Repeat steps 11 and 12 until you've scanned all pages. 
  14. Click Done in the "Scan another page into current document" pop-up. 
  15. Click Scan -> Exit. 
  16. Use Secure File Transfer to upload the files to your LPL home directory. 
  17. Delete your pdf files from c:\temp on the PC.
What types of computers are available at LPL?

LCS Unix Workstations, MACs, and Windows PCs can be found in rooms 331 and 429a. The Unix Workstations are Sun machines running Solaris with common administration of usernames & passwords.

What kind of MACs and Windows PCs are available at LPL?

Our various Macintosh systems run the latest release of MacOS availabe for the individual systems. Most systems have the Microsoft Office site (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) as well as Apple iWorks installed. The PCs typically run Windows XP or Windows 7. All are connected to the network and have access to the Unix filesystems, printers and other network tools such as Secure Shell and Secure File Transfer.

What LPL systems are not part of LCS?

Some of the computational resources at LPL are not part of LCS. These autonomous systems provide direct support for our many research and instructional groups. The policies governing their use are independent of LCS. LCS resources are characterized by their general availability to all LPL faculty, students, and staff members and are not specifically dedicated to particular uses (e.g. Business Office, Academic Office). When in doubt regarding the ownership of a computational resource, consider its location, and feel free to consult LCS Staff.

How do I find out who's using software licenses?

The usage for several licensed sofware packages served from our central license server can be found here

What supercomputing facilities are available for parallel-processing, visualization, and scientific applications?

LPL's High Performance Astrophysics Simulator (HiPAS) is a 108-node (504-cpu) cluster. 
The cluster is available to various groups in the department with users who have purchased equipment having precedence on their nodes.

The UITS High Performance Computing is a research resource, intended for testing and running large codes, parallel-processing codes, visualization and scientific applications. Accounts are available for all University faculty for the purpose of research. Faculty members can sponsor accounts for members of the University community doing research (staff, students, visiting scholars). These central resources including shared memory, highly parallel and high throughput systems.

What software is available on my server?

A wide range of software is available on various servers. Some of the more useful software included on most systems include ITT's IDL, Matlab, MS Office suite (through the MS Campus agreement) and Apple iWorks suite. For information on a specific package, please contact sys.

How do I access LPL's public ftp (anonymous ftp) site?

Click here to access the LPL public ftp site: LPL FTP Site

You can download files from the site by going to pub/lpl/. If you are using a browser to download, click the file of your choice to start the download. If you are using a command -line window to connect to the ftp site, login to shell with your LPL credentials, cd /ftp/pub/lpl/, and use the "get" command to download a file.

If you would like to create a directory from which the public may download files, please contact LCS Support.

What kind of printers and other peripherals are available at LPL?

There are black-and-white and color printers for LPL public use in Kuiper Space Sciences room 331.

Location Queue Name(s) Printer Type Output Type IP Address
Room 331 hp4300-331 / hp4300-331-dup black-white single-sided / duplex
Room 331 hp4600-331 / hp4600-331-dup color single-sided / duplex
Room 331 hp3525-331 / hp3525-331-dup color single-sided / duplex
Room 444 (hall) hp3525-444 / hp3525-444-dup color single-sided / duplex

To print duplex from a Solaris machine, use the appropriate -dup queue. To print duplex from a Windows PC, use the Print/Print Setup/Print Preview GUI to select double-sided printing.

The Windows-PC in room 331 has an attached flatbed scanner & OCR software for digitizing paper documents.

Other centralized peripherals are located in the main LCS computer room and support offices (444/446). They are attached to Unix servers. For more information on these devices, please contact sys.

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