If all the systems are
functional, we expect to have 38 simultaneous "seats" available for the
14 in the SGI room and 24 in the Macintosh Rooms. To ensure everyone has two guaranteed
hours per week on a computer with a demonstrator present, four sessions per
week will be organised for the four weeks of the course, at 16.00 to 17.30
Monday, 15.00 to 16.30 on Tuesday and Thursday and at 14.00 to 15.30 on Friday
only. You will be allocated one of these slots, but if the time proves
inconvenient, you should arrange a swap with a colleague. Outside of these
times, you are free to use any available computing facilities. All the
computing rooms are normally
open until 19.00 hours or later. Feel free to do course work at your own pace.
It is advised that you make a start on the
formal project during the supervised sessions in the autumn term. We do hope to
have at least one supervised session available in the spring term, but only for
a limited period.
Program compilers are only licensed on the Indigo workstations, and not the
Macintosh systems. On the latter therefore, you will need to make a network
connection to the Indigos to compile and execute your program. Program editing however can
be acomplished on both types of computer.
On a Macintosh computer,
the contents of the edit-a-file window can be printed onto the HP
Deskwriter printers in room 170, as described in the instructions.
Alternatively, you can open the program file using the BBedit
program as described elsewhere and
print from there. It is no longer possible to print program listings from the Silicon
Colour plots however, can be submitted using
the ugplot command appear on a HP Deskjet 550c located in the instrument
room 337 in Chemistry.
Using Your own Personal Computer
If you have a personal computer at home that you want to use for the
course, you will need to acquire a good Fortran-77 compiler. The
Centre for Computing Services sell such a compiler for a PC-DOS
system at a very
resonable cost. Games machines and other systems do not have
such compilers available.
You may wish instead to use another programming language, such as e.g.
Visual Basic etc. It is entirely permissible to submit your project
in such a language, but remember that you will still have to take the
If you are using your own computer, you will also need to devise some means
of displaying and printing your calculated orbitals (project A) or your
FT spectra (project B). You could also
write your program on your PC and and bring it into the department for running
on the systems there via a floppy disk.
Since the Indigo computer does not have a floppy drive,
you will have to use the Macintosh computers, which accept both Macintosh
and PC-DOS formatted disks. Click here for details on how to transfer
the contents to the Indigo systems.
If you have a PC or Mac equipped with a Modem (a good one is the 14,400
baud US Robotics Sportster, at about £ 150), you can access the College
network by dialling 071 594 6999 using suitable software. It is recommended
that you try to install "PPP" type software, which enables you to use the
same programs you would on e.g. the Macintosh systems in College. Seek
advice from the CCS Helpdesk on how to do this.
Postgraduate demonstrators will be available during the scheduled course work sessions. When
they are not available (or they don't know the answer!), you can send an
e-mail message to email@example.com with your query.
Copyright (c) B. P. Levitt, H. S. Rzepa and ICSTM Chemistry Department, 1994, 1995.
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