RRS James Clark Ross computing facilities – British Antarctic Survey

Hardware for general use 4 x general-purpose PC workstations with dual core processors, minimum 1Gb RAM, 40Gb Hard drive, Windows XP Professional, 19 flat screen, DVD writer PSO’s cabin: Dual-core PC &hellip, Additional devices can be logged to the central system via an RS232 NMEA data stream (max. resolution 1 second). You may bring your own laptop computer with you to the ship and connect it to the network, but please note: If you are bringing your own laptop on board it must have up to date anti-virus software on it. For personal use, we recommend Microsoft Security Essentials. Hardware for general use 4 x general-purpose PC workstations with dual core processors, minimum 1Gb RAM, 40Gb Hard drive, Windows XP Professional, 19 flat screen, DVD writer PSO’s cabin: Dual-core PC &hellip, 4 x general-purpose PC workstations with dual core processors, minimum 1Gb RAM, 40Gb Hard drive, Windows XP Professional, 19″ flat screen, DVD writer If providing your own PC/laptop (both work and personal), network cables are available on board. The Radio Officer will assist you in connecting your PC/laptop to the LAN providing you have a sufficiently secure machine with the correct hardware and software (anti-virus is required for all operating systems including MacOS). If you are unsure, it is better to contact the IT helpdesk at BAS Cambridge before departure for more information. (Contact the Helpdesk on +44 (0)1223 221447 or send an email to The satellite link has a total bandwidth of 128Kb (i.e. probably 20 times slower than your broadband link at home). This has to cope with the traffic for everyone on board, including VoIP telephone calls, work data, remote access, web browsing and email. Many people bring web ‘toys’ onboard only to find they do not work as well as they might hope. Skype and webcams are strongly discouraged. As a general rule, internet activities involving text work OK, those involving photos are very slow and ones based on video are unusable. There are enough plain paper and toner cartridges for average use of the printers/plotters. If you consider that you may need more than average or a particular paper/transparency stock, then this must be arranged before the ship sails each year, preferably in July during stock checks. The NetWare Server is backed up daily to LTO tape. All files that you place on your N: drive (personal account space) will be backed up. No backups are taken of the PCs’ local hard drives. You are responsible for backing up any files that you place on the PC local drives. Upon request you will be allocated with a Netware account and 1Gb of backed up network disk storage for your personal/work use. Use the BAS in-house system called the Antarctic Message System (AMS). The AMS gives a much better experience and can be accessed from any PC connected to the network. The AMS can be connected to any NERC Exchange account or any IMAP service such as gmail. Many research institutes and email providers do not allow IMAP access so you may wish to forward email to a gmail account that does. Please contact You should bring with you the full email addresses of all those people that you wish to contact (both personal and work). Once you are south it may be difficult to ‘look up’ email addresses. The maximum size for any work-related or personal email is currently 10Mb, but please try to keep all emails/images much smaller. A standard text only-email is about 5Kb. All your email will be deleted once you leave the ship. Emails can be exported to another program prior to this, the Radio Officer can explain this to you when you are on board. Note you will need at least one writable CD/USB stick or external hard drive in order to do this. Windows installations must have functioning anti-virus software that is capable of regularly updating over the internet as new virus threats emerge. Mac users can expect to be able to access some shared network drives and printing, but ICT support is not available on this platform. You must make your laptop available for inspection by the Radio Officer, or a member of the ICT section, before connecting it, to verify that these pre-requisites are met. If you are bringing your own laptop on board it must have up to date anti-virus software on it. For personal use, we recommend This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're okay with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Source.


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