Introduction to Computing SLACwide

SLAC 14 Jun 1996

This page treats computing subjects that cross platforms like understanding email addresses and how to get a computer account.

The SCS Computer Support Center (SCSC) is the primary user interface to services of SLAC Computing Services (SCS) and can support you in your various computing needs as described in Services of the SCS Computer Support Center (SCSC).

For an overview of computing capabilities at SLAC, see the report for DOE, "SLAC Baseline Information Architectures" (Postscript).

Following are some more documents to help you get started using computing at SLAC. The first section treats files at SLAC; the second, pointers to other information at SLAC; and the third, sources of useful information elsewhere.

Files at SLAC

The name on the left is the file name at SLAC, which is in the /usr/local/doc subdirectory* indicated by the section title, e.g., intro. This page will change as we continue reorganizing /usr/local/doc space. Some file names will change; in fact, some files that are appropriate for visibility to the world are being moved into /afs/ subdirectories, as noted.


Electronic addresses de-mystified. N.B.: This link points to the current document in Web space. It is no longer in /usr/local/doc.
Suggestions for using network resources to find colleagues' email addresses.
Pointers to where to get started finding help on diverse subjects from medical or security through UNIX computing problems. This file is used by SLAC's aid command, which displays pointers for keywords you specify. The data base is focused primarily on UNIX. See man aid for more specifics.


Draft SCS policy concerning SLIP/PPP servers on the SLAC network.*
X-Terminal White Paper.
Technical issues in creating computer accounts on VM, VMS, and UNIX.
Reasons for disallowing anonymous telnet.
Good practice in selecting passwords for computer accounts.
Basic aspects of copyright as it applies to software.
Description of the various levels of support provided software and other items.

"Computer Account Responsibilities" and "SLAC Computer Account Form" for account establishment and changes. Select this copy if you are not at SLAC.*
"Recommendations for Naming SLAC Network Nodes" and "SLAC Nodename and Address Request Form" for connecting new hosts to the network.

Recommendations for selecting Mac hardware configurations.
Procedure for ordering X-terminals.
Hints for ordering computer manuals.
Procedure for ordering modems.


Generic email addresses at SLAC and routing them to your preferred computing system.*
Description of the CGB video teleconference capabilities plus sign-up procedures and helpful hints. Or check out the index on Videoconferencing at SLAC.
Description and Installation notes for using SLIP to access the SLAC network from various platforms.

Other Information at SLAC

You may also find the following platform-specific introductions helpful:

And the following pages on other topics:

Press here to go to the SLAC Home Page.

Information Sources Elsewhere

Here're some other sources of useful information. The name on the left is a name the information is known by.

"Distributed Computing Consulting" primarily for the Leland System at Stanford University but has wider applicability. Focuses on UNIX and some network applications. Provides some information on Macs and PCs, too.
The "Inter-Network Mail Guide" on how to send email to and from over 180 different networks around the world.
The "List of Internet whois servers" through which you may be able to find the email addresses of colleagues at remote sites.

* Access to all files in the /usr/local/doc subdirectory is restricted to SLAC users.