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    Software Resources for Researchers


    The following software is available to researchers:

    Accounts for Researchers


    A research computing account consists of an account on the central file server (AFS) and login privileges on one or more Linux computer servers  that all share the same AFS accounts for user home directories. AFS accounts are available to any member of the Dartmouth community. Users may also access the AFS file servers from their own personal workstations. Sponsored (non-DND) accounts can be created in special cases.

    Applying for a Research Account

    To request an account on:

    Tools for Researchers


    Faculty, staff, and students have many information technology resources to support their research activities. These include:

    Research Computing Course Descriptions


    Technology for Research


    Information, Technology & Consulting (ITC) provides tools for researchers to do their work, courses on how to use those tools, and consulting on technologies that are available.

    Stata Potential Issues


    Why don't my graphs show up properly in Microsoft Word documents on a Mac?

    Graphs pasted from Stata into Microsoft Word for Windows do not show up properly when the Word document is opened on a Macintosh. To work around this problem, save the graph from Stata as a .tif file. Then insert that file into your Word document using Insert->Picture->From File. The graph will then appear correctly whether the Word document is opened on a Mac or a Windows machine.

    Hardware Resources for Researchers


    Researchers at Dartmouth have access to High Performance Computing (HPC) resources including the Discovery cluster and Linux computer servers with licensed mathematics and statistical applications, compliers, debuggers and scientific libraries. Research Computing provides data storage for researchers and Linux support for private research workstations.

    Differences Between AFS and Native UNIX/Macintosh/Windows File Systems


    Most users will only notice small differences between AFS home directories and standard UNIX home directories, but there are differences some users will encounter on a daily basis. The table below highlights the major differences users are likely to notice when using AFS.

    Integrating AFS Authentication with Local Login


    The explicit klog step can be omitted if the system is configured to obtain AFS credentials as part of the standard login process. To do this, the usernames on your local system must match the usernames defined in the AFS user databases.

    Changing Your AFS Password


    You can change your password from any system that has the Kerberos tools or AFS client installed. The easiest way for Linux users is to login to Polaris, Andes or Discovery and use the command rcpasswd. Here is an example of what that will look like.

    legacy accounts:

    NOTE: Input is NOT VISIBLE
    Changing password for 'username' in cell ''.
    Old password:                       (nothing echoes)
    New password (RETURN to abort):     (nothing echoes)

    or, recent accounts in RSTOR Kerberos system:


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