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Getting started

By Ashok Argent-Katwala

Things you need to know when you join the AESOP group, and how to change information on the site.

Departmental account

You will need a Department of Computing account, and you will need to be in the aesop Unix group. This will ensure you are on the mailing list. To check what groups you are in run groups from the command line in Linux on a DoC machine.

Group resources

luna cluster
8 dual processor nodes (called luna01, luna02, … , luna08)
Each node has with two 3GHz processors and 2GB RAM.
Connected with gigabit ethernet.
Each node runs the same configuration of GNU/Linux as most departmental machines, so you can see the usual NFS resources and ssh in as usual.
Handy testing ground before moving a job onto the viking or camelot clusters.
See also: Will's announcement from when it launched.
GRAIL's camelot cluster
16 nodes – camelot01, … camelot16
Each node has two dual-core 64-bit Opteron 275 processors and 8GB of RAM
Gigabit ethernet and Infiniband network interfaces
See also: detailed help on using camelot
tungsten (deceased)
Tungsten died a little while ago, and the storage is now served from /vol/aesop/ over NFS or from Windows as \\fs-vol\aesop\.
Has a large (34 gigabyte) SCSI drive which is backed up by CSG and available as an NFS mount at /vol/tungsten-scsi/ or under Windows as \\fs-staff\tungsten-scsi\ (or \\fs-pg\tungsten-scsi\ for postgrads or \\fs-ug\tungsten-scsi\ for undergrads).
Has an even larger (60 gigabyte) IDE disk, which isn't backed up at all. This is very useful for large transient files you may have as you won't clobber your departmental quota (I believe). This volume is also available department wide - as /vol/tungsten-ide/ (or \\fs-…\tungsten-ide\).
We have a group CVS repository. This can be very useful for shared documents and code, or just to keep track of the changes on a solo project. How we use CVS.

Changing the site

All the news, publications, projects and information about people on this site are held in a database and you can edit them by logging into the admin site.

How to get in

Access is restricted to people in the aesop unix group and you can log in by going to which redirects to the secure site where you can log in with your ordinary DoC Linux password. In general you can stuff /admin after the host of the URL of any page and you will be taken to the right place - e.g. redirects to the place to edit people's information. That's quite messy though, so you can just follow the link at the front of the admin site to take a cookie and you will get sensible links in the bottom right hand corner of every page.

See also, how to log out.


The intention throughout the site is that people don't write HTML. The textboxes expect plain text and will try and do a good job of linking email addresses and making bulleted lists from lines that begin with dashes or stars. See admin help for more info.

What you can change

Just about anything:

There are two sorts of people, members of the group and people who are just authors on papers. The first category has grown to include people who we work closely with ('associates', but I welcome a better term).
For internal people, try and add everything you know about them (room number, telephone number, &c). Do not make their email or mobile number visible without their permission, leave the choice up to the person.
One of the few places you don't get all the magic text-to-markup help. Just write valid markup yourself, there are some notes at the top of the form where you add a new one. Don't worry too much, I'll come in and fix it if something is a bit odd, but try and check that it validates.
more explanation to follow

If you want to change the Help section, they aren't in the database. Just contact me. If you've a lot to say & can write valid markup, I'll just make sure you have the right permissions to edit things as files.