User Policies for the Physics/Astronomy Network of Intel Computers
- One account, one screen. Do not use more than one screen at
a time, and do not share your account. Also, do not forget to logout
once you have finished using a PC.
- Do no lock screens for longer than an hour. Please do not
lock screens for long periods of time, in order to make sure that free
workstations are always available to other users. If you need to run a
long computation consider using the "screen" program for running
text-based applications in the background. If you can't use "screen", then
make sure to lock your screen and leave a note that explains that
you're running a long computation on a PC. You may also send a message
to the system administrator
so we know what's going on.
- No food or drink in 448 Birge. A cookie or an apple maybe is ok, but
please be reasonable. This is not a dining room; people are trying to do work
here, so please have your meals outside.
- Noise, including use of the external speakers, should be
made with consideration for other lab users. Ideally, bring headphones.
Avoid loud conversations. Once again, remember that others might be trying
to work on something at the same time.
- The doors should be closed and locked at all times.
- Chairs must not be removed from the PANIC rooms. They are
expensive, and there is no money to replace them.
- Use of PANIC for other than research or teaching should be
limited to times when it has little impact, such as when the room is not
full or when the CPUs are not active. Since many people will be using
the computers for batch runs, we ask that any extraneous activities have
little CPU impact.
- Manuals should not be removed from the PANIC rooms.
- One account, one person. PANIC accounts are not free; account
sharing is prohibited.
- Do not reboot machines. Our computers are meant to work without
being rebooted frequently. If you are having problems, mail
sysadmin and we'll take a
look at the problem so that it doesn't happen again.
- No mail is delivered locally. If you have a .forward file in
your account, mail sent to you at any of the PANIC machines will be forwarded;
otherwise, it will be bounced.
CalMail provides free e-mail accounts for all campus affiliates. You
can read your mail on CalMail from the PANIC machines.
- Background jobs should not interfere with the work of console users.
That is, they should not consume excessive amounts of memory and they should be
"niced" to a level where they don't impact interactive users. For CPU intensive
jobs, consider using the Millennium cluster instead.
- All users are bound by the campus-wide and system-wide computing
use policies (available at https://security.berkeley.edu/policy), other UC policies and the law.
- Policy violations may result in account suspension without warning.