Computing at the SOC

by Stephan W. Witz last modified Apr 29, 2013 by Stephan Witz

A primary goal of the computing environment at the SOC is to allow every user full access to a workstation during his/her visit. There are 10 public workstations available at the SOC for full-time data reduction by visitors. They are mostly two-processor, 8 core , 2.4-GHz PCs with 24GB of memory and 4TB of local disk running Linux.

For hardcopy, we have a number of high volume B&W laser printers, two color Postscript laser printers which can reproduce on both paper and transparencies, and one wide-bed color printer.

Visitors should reserve time on these workstations when they make their travel arrangements at (see also Reservations for the VLA site and/or SOC). Note that users may request remote access to the visitor machines as well, without actually visiting the SOC.  Remote reservations are subject to availability. Please contact the computing helpdesk (e-mail to, extension 7213, office 262) for further information about this and any other computing assistance while at the SOC.

For a more complete description of computing facilities at the SOC, see