Posts Tagged ‘Services’

Computing resources

Monday, March 10th, 2014

MI computing servers

Name      # cores   Proc. type   Speed     Memory   Date purc.

mi-loke      4*8   Intel Xeon       2.7GHz     384GB   2013.09.05

Is running linux the operating system.


From a VPN connection, you may use ‘ssh’.

Be nice policy

Both MATLAB and R have functionality for starting “cloning” processes.

  • Please do not start more than 32 parallel processes (per user/group) on each machine. By “group” it is meant ABM, Pure Math and Statistics.
  • Learn about the “top” command in linux to locate a machine with low current load.

It is the “load average: 0.00, 0.01, 0.05” on the first line of the output from top that shows the current load of the machine (a load of 64 is acceptable for these machines).

To find out which other members in a group that is using the machine please use the command “finger”.



Access home folder from Linux

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Here I explain how you can access your home folder from a remote Linux machine. (more…)


Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

If you want remote access to web-pages that are only available from the local network then you may use the university’s web-cache. Information about this is found at ITA Be aware that for example gmail will not work behind this proxy.

Connecting to the wireless network

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

[Update:  The article below was written in 2007.  While it is hopefully still correct, it is now perhaps better to use the “eduroam” wireless network instead, see this article.  SAS]

The university’s wireless net has SSID UiB. Once you have conncted to the wireless net and opened a browser, a dialog box will pop up. Fill in username and password, and you should be able to browse the net, use ssh, print etc. (See separate post on printing.) WARNING: Guests with kurskonto have username of the form username@kurs

You may want (or need) to connect to the VPN (“virtual private network”). Here the difficult part is that your username is for employees, and something analogous for students. Currently the gateway works for employees  ( for students).


Printing from your PC

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

It appears that there are at least three ways to set up printing. Two of them require VPN to be set up, the third works when you are connected to the wireless net without having set up VPN. One of them is “the Microsoft way” and the other two more Unix-like. Remember to check that the papersize is correct after having set up the printer!

The Studentwiki provides step-by-step instructions for setting up printing on Ubuntu machines.

Email servers

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

For employees the outgiong server is and the incoming server is See Itavdelingen for more details.

Wireless access for guests

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

If you have a guest who has his own laptop with him/her, you can establish a temporary account for him/her that lets him or her connect to the internet via our VPN wireless network. Go to to do this.

Access MS Windows from your Mac

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

ITA has a Windows NT server, which can be accessed from a Mac using Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection, which you can download from Microsoft.

Connect your Mac to the wireless network

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

Most of the UiB campus, including the Department of Mathematics, is covered by a wireless network – “Airport network” in apple-speak.

Access your ITA home directory

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

This post explains how to connect Mac and Linux computers to the central file server.



Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Different programs have different ways to present a print dialogue. Choose one of the printers on this list:

MS Windows server

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

The server is called

See this post for instructions on how to reach hjemmekontor from Linux, and this post on how to reach it from a Mac.

Network connection

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

See IT-avdelingen for basic information. For connecting a Mac, see this post. For connecting a Linux machine not run by ITA, see this post on VPN. (VPN is needed if you are on the UiB wireless network.)

Some useful information can also be found in the student wiki.

Mounting remote filesystems

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

The command sshfs mounts a remote filesystem. For example the command

sshfs alfred:/People/www/mbr085/ www

mounts the filesystem containing my personal web-pages into the directory www. (For this to work an empty directory called www should already exist.)

Copy to remote servers

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

The commands “rsync” and “scp” allow you to copy files to remote servers. For automathic autentification see the post about remote login from linux machines. Please leave a comment if you have questions about this.

MS Windows server fra Linux

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Flere har lurt på hvordan man kan kjøre Windowsprogrammer fra sin Linux arbeidsstasjon.

Extra storage space

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Storage outside your home directory can be used to share files with others. Moreover, if you need a lot of storage space (more than 6 gigabytes), then your home directory is not big enough.

How to create a personal webpage

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

The procedure for creation of personal webpages is described by
. (Norwegian) If you have extra tips for how to handle personal web-pages, please give them as a comment to this post.


Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

The printers at the department are (note the variable capitalization):