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    What is Linux?


    Linux is the operating system of choice for multi-user, multitasking, networked, and high-performance computer applications. At Dartmouth, Linux runs most of the machines that provide core services, and all of the Research Computing compute servers run Linux.

    IDL at Dartmouth


    IDL (Interactive Data Language) is a complete computing environment for the interactive analysis and visualization of data. IDL integrates a powerful, array-oriented language with numerous mathematical analysis and graphical display techniques. Programming in IDL is a time-saving alternative to programming in FORTRAN or C. You can explore data interactively using IDL commands, then create complete applications by writing IDL programs.



    A system-wide site license for the Qualtrics online survey software tool is available to all students, faculty and staff at Dartmouth. Qualtrics is integrated with Dartmouth’s NetID authentication system (single sign-on) but also allows the sharing of surveys with non-Dartmouth collaborators.

    To create a Qualtrics survey, go to and log-in with your NetID and password. Qualtrics is supported on Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.

    Key features include:

    RStor - Central Data Storage for Researchers


    RStor is being phased out. It used to be Research Computing's main data storage offering and was available to anyone in the Dartmouth community.

    RStor is based on the OpenAFS distributed filesystem which provides secure network file storage at relatively low cost. RStor is frequently used to share files across the Internet because it has strong authentication and flexible access control. This can be especially useful to researchers when they either need off campus access themselves or the ability to share data with non-Dartmouth collaborators.


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