- UNIX - The absolute least you need to know
- Using the Math Software
- Using graphics over the network
- Using batch processing
- Further Reading
You will need an account on one of the following systems: DaVinci, Ships, Nations, the SP (formerly STARRS), or Steel to use this guide. If you don't have one, you may get one from The UITS Accounts System. Or, if you have your own UNIX machine (such as a Sun, Linux, FreeBSD, etc) and you have a copy of the math software, you may use your own machine.
If you just want to run math software under UNIX, you could also use the DaVinci, Ships, or Nations cluster, or your own machine.
You must be faculty (or have a faculty sponsor) to get an account on the SP, since it is a research-only system. In addition, the SP is really only designed for batch processing (which we discuss in the Batch Processing section), and logging in is a little complex. More information on the SP is availible here.
Steel is open to all IUB faculty and students, as well as some members of the IUPUI community. Its is a "general purpose" system; in other words, you aren't required to do batch processing. If you'd like to know Steel's specifications, you can find it here.
The DaVinci cluster is a cluster of SGI O2 workstations located in FA 215. While not designed for heavy computational use, you can still use the DaVinci cluster to get a feel for using Mathematica under UNIX. To connect to any DaVinci machine, telnet to davinci.ucs.indiana.edu. All IUB faculty, staff and students may apply for an account on the DaVinci cluster.
To simplify this document, we assume you will be using Steel unless otherwise noted.
Keep in mind that you will be running the math software on the machine you connect to, not the machine you are sitting at.
- From a UITS NT cluster, go to Start Menu -> Programs -> Communications -> Other WCC Computers -> Steel.
- From a UITS Mac cluster, go to Apple Menu ->Telnet->Steel.
However, your UNIX experience will be much more satisfactory if you follow an in-depth tutorial. We recommend:
- Research Computing at IU: The Basics. A comprehensive guide to using research computers at IU. It is IU-specific, but not campus specific.
- UnixTools.com. A good web directory of UNIX help. Includes history, flavor-specific help, and tutorials.
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