Users from European organisations continue to be welcome to submit proposals to Diamond. The same funding policy and procedure for expenses remains in place for any visit to Diamond as was in place before Brexit.
When on-site, users may only attach their own computing devices (e.g. laptops, tablets, phones) to the Visitor Network.
This is available via WiFi (select 'DLS_VIS') or via the black Cat6 cables on the beamlines.
Access to experimental visit data is read-only from this network. Small volume (<20GB) file transfer is available but please note transfer speeds will be slow.
The DataDispenser is a small 'headless' (i.e. No monitor or keyboard attached) Linux computer to which USB hard-drives can be connected. It is operated via a web-interface which will enable the streaming of your data directly to a portable disk that you can take with you when you leave.
You can use either USB-2 or USB-3 connections. (Newer DataDispensers do not have eSATA interfaces). USB-3 is faster so long as these 3 requirements are all satisfied:
NoMachine is used to allow Remote Access to Diamond Computers from external sites. You can access computers on beamlines to monitor and control your experiments and you can access cluster resources for analysing your data after your visit has ended. Some data download via NoMachine is also possible. For more information on logging in via NoMachine, see here.
You will have access to the beamline systems needed to run your experiments and the data you collect. You will also have access to the internet.
During your session you will be able to log on to Diamond's computers using your FedID and password.
You can also access the beamline desktops remotely via the NoMachine service.
During office hours, (08:30 - 17:00, Monday - Friday)
Outside of office hours, please contact the Experimental Hall Coordinator on x8787.
The cluster has a large number of processors etc. available for computing tasks. In order to make these resources available in a fair and open manner the cluster has a job scheduler/resource manager which organises when and where on the cluster your computing task is performed. The scheduler on the Diamond cluster is Univa Grid Engine (UGE).
A basic introduction to the Diamond cluster environment can be found in Confluence - You will need to log in with your FedID and password.
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