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Re: 20030327: McIDAS-X and IDV 1.0 beta 5

Hi Tom,

Thanks for your answer.  The problem with the 20 workstations ocurred just after
you helped installing McIDAS-X, when our WMU Sun network was upgraded to Solaris
8.  The new OS used most of the 128 MB RAM of the workstations.

I discussed the lab workstations configuration with our Sun network manager,
Leonard Peirce, this morning.  With the $5K we have available to upgrade the 
we will buy 2  SunBlade 150 workstations with 1 GB RAM and upgrade up to 4 of 
existing stations with 512 RAM.

After we have these machines upgraded, we will call on you to help us 
McIDAS in our Meteorology Lab.  I will keep you posted.

Thank you so much!


Elen Cutrim
Associate Professor
Geography Department
Western Michigan University
Ph: (269)387-3418
email: address@hidden

Tom Yoksas wrote:

> >From:  Elen Cutrim <address@hidden>
> >Organization:  Western Michigan University
> >Keywords:  200303272253.h2RMrJB2018025
> Hi Elen,
> Sorry to not have been able to respond before now.
> >I am writing a proposal to WMU to be used as a match to the Unidata
> >Community Equipment Awards.  I already got the technician part of it,
> >conditionally to the approval of the grant award.
> >
> >The other part would be equipment match, which WMU will come up with $5K
> >
> >to upgrade the Meteorology lab.  My desire is to run IDV for
> >undergraduate class and McIDAS-X for research and graduate classes.
> >
> >I have 20 students per lab session (120 students in my meteorology
> >class) and presently, the 20 Sun workstations are outdated and cannot
> >run any of the Unidata software.
> I a suprised to hear that the 20 Sun workstations can't run any
> Unidata software.  The last time I had occasion to logon to machines
> in your lab, I found that they could run McIDAS-X as long as it
> was configured properly.  Also, these machines should be able to
> run the LDM with no problem and the McIDAS-XCD decoding software.
> If you still need to use these machines for your lab, I can help you
> get things setup.  Please let me know.
> >I am borrowing another PC-based lab to
> >run IDV 1.0 beta 2 release, but runs with difficulties with only 512 MB
> >RAM.
> >
> >I was able to configure a Windows XP based workstation to confortably
> >run IDV 1.0 beta 6.  But I cannot find the type of PC workstation to run
> >McIDAS-X with the information I found in the Unidata site.  The system
> >requirements that I found for McIDAS-X 2002 Users Guide for Windows is
> >outdated.  What is your recommendation to run ldm Mcidas?  Can I run it
> >with RedHat 7.1 or 7.2?
> Unidata McIDAS-X will work with all versions of RedHat Linux newer than
> 5.2.  Many sites are now moving to RedHat 8.0, so you may want to
> consider it instead of 7.x, but it is your choice.  As always with
> Linux (and all other OSes, actually) you will need to keep up to date
> on security patches.
> >WMU has Internet II and the campus Sun network runs on Solaris 8.  We
> >also have Linux.
> I am glad to hear about yoru I2 connection.  It will make it a lot easier
> for you to access datasets hosted by other machines on the net.
> >I hope all is well with you.  I have registered to the Summer Workshop,
> >so I will see you in June.
> I look forward to seeing you this summer!  We should get together and
> talk about my MeteoForum work with your old department at the UFPA
> in Belem.
> Cheers,
> Tom
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