Computers @ Paranal

In the Residencia: preparing your OBs

In case the visiting astronomer cannot prepare their observations on their private laptops, five Linux PCs have been set up in the Residencia. There is one visas account per PC and the boxes are spreadthroughout two offices:

Box name Account Location
r2d2      visas4  Office Picard, level -3 (below reception, near the library)
boba      visas5  Office Picard, level -3 (below reception, near the library)
alder     visas6  Office Picard, level -3 (below reception, near the library)
lott      visas7  Office 8 , level -3 (below reception, facing the pool)
yoda      visas8  Office 8 , level -3 (below reception, facing the pool)

You can login on the machine for which you have been assigned an account. This machine gives access to the external network via a web browser, ssh, telnet, ftp and ncftp. From your PC you have access to the printer laser2, which is located in the room next to the library (same floor as the offices).

The visitor PCs have been installed with FIMS, FPOSS, and a collection of scientific data reduction packages, called SciSoft. In addition a few useful non-scientific applications are available such as xv, latex, gv, openoffice and acroread. Please check Paranal's Data Reduction Software page for details.

In the VLT Control Room

In the VLT Control, visitor mode OBs are executed via the vOT (Visitor Observing Tool). Preparation softare (FIMS, FPOSS ) are available on wgsoff# (# represents the UT1-4), or on wvgoff for the VLTI. Both workstations wu#dhs and wgsoff# (wvgdhs and wvgoff for the VLTI) have access to the printer laser1, in the control room.

Data Reduction Software

For a quick-look data reduction you are invited to use the offline workstation wgsoff# (wvgoff for the VLTI) where the data are transfered automatically during the night. See Data Reduction Software to find out what is installed on the wgsoff#/wvgoff workstation and how to use this software.

Connecting a Private Laptop

Support relating to laptop connection can be requested from IT Service (phone nr. 5959).

If you plan to use MS-Windows, you must have your laptop scanned and certified before connecting it to the ESO network. Please contact IT Support (phone nr. 5959) to organize this.

Whether you use Windows, MacOS-X or Linux, you need to make sure that the network configuration has been set to DHCP. The laptop will then be assigned an IP number automatically.

Transferring Data to Your Laptop

You can copy your data to your personal laptop. Connect the laptop to the wireless network ESO_VA in the control room (password provided by the night astronomer). Then push the data from the offline machine to your laptop, using e.g. scp or rsync.