This course offers an introduction to the Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System (EPICS) toolkit.
You will be using a Virtual Machine (VM) that contains a small but complete control system setup. The VM can be used on Windows, Mac OS or Linux. Each participant is expected to bring a laptop (or a desktop with a helper to carry it) that has been prepared as follows:
- Your computer must run a 64 bit OS (Windows, Linux or Mac OS X).
It should have at least 8GB of memory.
For Windows and Linux users: In the BIOS of your computer, you may have to enable the
AMD-voption to support 64 bit guest operating systems.
- Download and install the 64 bit version of Virtualbox for your OS from https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads.
- Download the VM image: USPAS7.ova
(large file, around 5GB).
Leading up to the course, we expect to publish updated VMs. It is suggested that you try to install a VM image as soon as possible to verify that it "works" on your computer, then fetch an update just before the course starts.
- Start VirtualBox, invoke the menu 'File', 'Import Appliance...'
- Select the
USPAS*.ovafile that you just downloaded, press 'Continue'.
- On the next page, you can adjust the number of allocated CPUs and RAM. Try CPU: 4 , RAM: 4096 MB. Press 'Import'.
- In the Virtual Box program, you should now see the imported virtual machine.
If you are on Mac OS X, select the imported VM, open the menu 'Machine/Settings', and in the 'Display' section, enable "Use Unscaled HiDPI Output". On Windows and Linux this should not be necessary.
- Start the VM by double-clicking on it. After about 10 seconds, Linux should start up. Log in as user 'training' with password '$training'.
- To close the VM, open the drop-down at the right edge of the desktop menu bar which includes a “power off” button .
Presentations and related documentation used in the course will be published one week before the course starts.