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BCB Mac Pro processing workstations

1 Booking

1.1 Booking system

Booking of the workstations runs through Google Calendars system. In order to book users must provide an account, which would allow them to gain access to Google Calendars (e.g. Google account).

1.2 Access to booking system

BCB Imaging Manager or any of BCB PIs can grant access to booking system.

1.3 Booking rules

Booking is allowed only for current and following weeks.

Booking quota applies to working hours 8 am ~ 6 pm Mon~Fri only. Booking of overnight hours (6 pm ~ 8 am), weekends and holidays is unlimited.
Booking quota: Each user is allowed to book up to 6×half-day sessions per workstation per week (e.g. 3 full working days).
Advance booking: For following week each user is allowed to book up to 4×half-day sessions per workstation.
Booking beyond the quota: Booking beyond the booking quota is allowed but have to be indicated as “provisional”. User should give away the “provisional” booking if claimed by user who did not use up the booking quota yet.

2 Data storage policy

BCB workstations have zero data storage policy. That means that no user data should be left on the workstation drive after the end of the session.
Such a policy is implemented to assure that workstations are ready to be used in the beginning of any user’s booking. Leftover data is very often hard to spot and backup leading to massive delays and inability of users to process their data.
Please keep in mind that in case of critical shortage of storage space the Division reserves the right to delete any leftover data without prior warning.

4 System specifications

  • OS: Mac OS X 10.8.5
  • Processor: 2x2.4 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon
  • RAM: 24 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024 MB

4.1 Installed Software

Image processing

  • Fiji/ImajeJ
  • Bitplane Imaris 7.6.5
  • PerkinElmer Volocity
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6 extended

Script/text editors

  • Text wrangler
  • Gimp


  • MS office 2011
  • Adobe Illustrator CS6
  • Matlab R2013a


Q: I have a question related to BCB workstations 7~9. Who can help me?
A: In case of any related questions, please, get in touch with BCB Imaging Manager - Anton Kamnev

Q: Who can get access to the workstations?
A: Any member of BCB division.

Q: How can I book the workstation?
A: Booking system runs in Google Calendars. To gain access, please send your Google account to BCB Imaging Manager. Once your account is added to the associated calendar you will be able to book and see other user’s bookings.

Q: What software is installed?
A: See § 4.1 “Installed software”.

Q: Can I install my own software?
A: Normally we don’t allow users to install/modify any software. Nevertheless, the admin access could be granted in cases when it is absolutely necessary. Please request admin access from BCB Imaging Manager.

Q: Can other software be installed?
A: Yes. Please visit Warwick IT web page for more information about what software is available. Once you know what you want, please send a request to BCB Imaging Manager.

Q: Are there other workstations in BCB?
A: Yes. Please visit “BCB workstations” web page for further details.