The participants will be provided a group account to collect and process data on the SSRL macromolecular crystallography computers. This account will become inaccessible about one week after the course has finished. Students who collect data from their own samples or transfer data sets to SSRL may request a personal account to store these data any time before or during the course. While data in personal accounts will be eventually deleted, they can be accessed remotely without restrictions for as long as they remain on disk. Course participants are responsible for backing up diffraction images or processing results generated during the course There are several options available for data backup, described here
Note that, outside the beamlines, there are very few public terminals or workstations at SSRL. Therefore, it is strongly encouraged that the participants bring a laptop, both for access to the data processing servers during tutorials, to connect to the beamlines for remote data collection (eg, during the night) and personal use. There is a SLAC owned network available via WiFi or a standard wired network (at the beamlines) for internet access for visitors.
To get remote access to beamlines and data and all the software used in the tutorials, the participants must install a NoMachine client on their laptop before or during the course. This page provides instructions to download, install and configure the remote access software.
Participants do not need to install any software packages in their own laptops if they use the NoMachine client, since this application allows access to the SSRL beamline computers, where the software will already be installed and data sets stored. The exception is the ATSAS suite to process small angle solution scattering data, which participants in the SAXS tutorial should download and install in advance.
Participants who want to bring data sets to SSRL can use a USB drive or transfer the data via a secure transfer protocol at any time before the start of the course. Please contact the organizers for more details.
Only non-hazardous samples can be brought to the course.
Participants who would like to use the SSRL SAM robot to mount samples (recommended) should refer to the SSRL User Guide to find out our permitted type and length of pins. Other pin types and lengths may be OK, but they will have to be mounted manually. If in doubt, please contact the course organizers.
Participants who have a standard SSRL cassette or Unipucks may ship their samples already mounted in the container. If not, pre-cryocooled samples can be shipped in cryovials and transferred to a cassette during the course. Note that there are pucks superficially ressembling Uni-pucks with cannot be used with the SAM robot. This page has a diagram showing the differences between the two types of pucks. If not sure about which one is the correct one, please send the organizers a picture of you container to make sure that it is the correct type.
Note: We are unable to supply pins and loops to mount samples directly from crystallization plates or capillaries. Participants must bring their own supplies.
For participants bringing SAXS samples: specific instructions will be e-mailed separately.
We recommend to ship your samples early. Ideally they should arrive at the latest in the week before the course. We will provide proper storage for samples arriving earlier than that.
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If you wish to ship solutions for small angle scattering tutorial, please contact Thomas Weiss.
Please alert the organizers in advance if the shipment requires special handling (e.g. refrigeration)
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Arrangements for shipping samples/dewars back can be done during the course.
If you wish to leave samples onsite to collect more data after the course has finished, please talk to the course organizers.