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Contents

Introduction
Accounts on Seqaxp
Conditions for use
Charges
Hardware Access
Disk Space
Software
Courtesy
Reliability
Account changes
SAF Unix machines
Types of use
Period of service
How to obtain an account
Fill out account application form
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Introduction

The Biology Division's Sequence Analysis Facility (SAF) will provide OpenVMS accounts to any campus user that wants one, subject to the conditions described in this document.

Accounts on Seqaxp

Accounts will be made available on SEQAXP, a 2100 A500MP with two processors and 192 Mb RAM, running OpenVMS/AXP. This server class machine is much faster than any of the old VMS machines that were in the Shakespeare cluster at CCO (also most of the Unix ones).

Conditions for use

Users who want access to our machine will have to abide by these conditions:

Charges

Sorry folks, there's no free lunch. Since we cannot charge overhead we have to recover costs directly. We aren't discriminating here - all of our current users already pay the rate shown below. No account will be granted that is not associated with a valid 5 digit institute charge number. Charges are handled on a "by group" basis. That is, if several members of a lab want accounts, all must request to be placed in the same group and all charges will be applied to a single 5 digit number.
There is a $3.00/hour charge for connect time or batch job time. Subprocesses are not charged. There is currently no charge for disk space usage or pages printed. Inactive telnet/lat/rlogin/cterm sessions are automatically logged out by an idle job killer to prevent abandoned sessions from racking up charges.
There is a $3.00/hour charge for console time on the Unix workstations. An idle job killer will log you out if there is no keyboard activity for more than 20 minutes.
Example 1 User telnets in and reads mail and runs gopher for exactly thirty minutes. User will be charged $1.50.
Example 2 User telnets in and reads mail and runs gopher for 30 minutes, then goes home for the day without logging out. Idle job killer stops the process at about 20-25 minutes after the last keystroke. User will be charged about $3.00.
Example 3 User telnets in and starts a batch job that runs for one hour, then reads mail for one hour while it runs. User is charged $6.00.
Historically we have provided a few undergraduates with free accounts for use in personal biology projects, and will continue to do so. However, we will not provide free accounts for general use by undergraduates, nor will we charge undergraduate accounts. If undergraduates wish to use the machine they will have to lobby the institute to make some arrangement to cover them.
Other sites charge too!

Hardware Access

No physical access to the console, tape drives, or other hardware will be provided. CDROMS or 8mm tapes can be mounted on request. (We've only got a single 8mm tape drive, and that is needed every night for backups.) Print queues to Unix machines (via lpr) and laser printers (via ethertalk) will be set up on request so that print jobs can go to users' local printers. At least initially, we will block access to the system printer for nonbiology users. The problem is that we have no public access area where nonbiology users could pick up their print outs, and we certainly don't have the time to mail them all! We will try to get set up access to a printer at CCO, which will be set up as the default printer for general users.

Disk Space

The amount of disk space allotted will depend somewhat upon the number of nonbiology users. Currently we are using a 5000 block disk quota. Larger diskquotas will be available by specific request. Much larger disk space allocations will have to be negotiated.

Software

Users will have access to all of the software that is currently installed - they will not be limited to just the standard OpenVMS tools. Users may not have access to some software with usage restricted licenses (none of which is currently installed.) Since only an AXP will be available users will have to deal with rebuilding or VESTing their personal VAX software, if any.

Courtesy

The primary function of this machine is to support the biology division. Users will be requested to behave nicely, ie, not run CPU intensive jobs from the command line and so forth. Users who do not behave nicely and so become a pain in the rear will be barred from further use.

Reliability

Seqaxp is a single machine, and so cannot provide the failover protection a multimachine cluster offers. While Seqaxp is quite reliable, it will need to be out of service from time to time for various types of maintenance. (Incoming mail will not be lost when this happens - it will be spooled for delivery elsewhere.) Several days warning will be provided for planned maintenance.
The machine is covered by a 5 day/week, 24 hour response time service contract. We cannot guarantee a time to availability following a major hardware failure, but expect that it would not be more than 48 to 72 hours.

Account changes

Account additions/changes will be handled as expeditiously as possible. If the 5 digit charge code you provide expires please try to notify us *before* it causes accounting problems!

SAF Unix machines

General users will not have access to the SAF's Unix machines, which are reserved for classwork and research in structural biology.

Types of use

These accounts may be used for any sort of general or research computing. However, use for biological research always has the highest priority.

Period of service

The SAF reserves the right to terminate this service, or change the conditions of use. Neither shall take place unless users have been given at least three months advance warning, barring acts of God etc.

How to obtain an account

The easiest way, is to click here and fill out the form that results. Or, you can send send e-mail to
account@seqaxp.bio.caltech.edu
The subject line doesn't matter, but each message should consist of a message formatted like:
USERNAME=johndoe
GROUP=mygroup
FULLNAME=John Q. Doe
CHARGE=12345
CHARGE_NAME=Albert Einstein
DIVISION=Chemistry
STATUS=Grad. Student
EMAIL=johndoe@cco
PASSWORD=whatever
PHONE=1234
Where:
USERNAME
Preferred account name. Finger username@seqaxp first to see if it is free. Generally, make this the same as your current CCO account, if you have one. Restrict the name to eight characters.
Otherwise, best if it matches other campus accounts, such as one of the CCO Unix machines or your own machines.
GROUP
Preferred name for your group. Must be 8 characters or less. Must not match any USERNAME. Suggestion, if the P.I. has USERNAME FRED then make this FRED_GRP or FRED_G.
FULLNAME
User's full name.
CHARGE
Five digit institute charge number to be billed. Use only one CHARGE per GROUP.
CHARGE_NAME
The full name of the person responsible for this charge number, generally a P.I. or administrator.
DIVISION
Institute division user is in.
EMAIL
An e-mail address to contact about the account.
PASSWORD
What you want the initial password to be. Remember it, you'll need it to log in the first time!
PHONE
Campus extension to call if problems arise.
Neither the order of these records nor their case matters. Don't put in any extra spaces beyond what is shown above. Each e-mail message must be for a single user.
These account requests will be accumulated, name and group conflicts resolved, consistency between charge, division, and charge_name verified. You may be contacted by e-mail or phone if it is necessary to resolve name conflicts or account problems.
Ideally, we would like to process the initial group of transferred accounts in one batch.