RRS James Clark Ross computing facilities

Hardware for general use

  • 4 x general-purpose PC workstations with dual core processors, minimum 1Gb RAM, 40Gb Hard drive, Windows XP Professional, 19″ flat screen, DVD writer
  • PSO’s cabin: Dual-core PC with 19″ flat screen, DVD writer
  • A4/A3 colour scanner

Local area network (LAN)

Wide area network (WAN)

  • The satellite link has a total bandwidth of 128Kb (i.e. probably 20 times slower than your broadband link at home). This has to cope with the traffic for everyone on board, including VoIP telephone calls, work data, remote access, web browsing and email. Many people bring web ‘toys’ onboard only to find they do not work as well as they might hope.
  • Skype and webcams are strongly discouraged. As a general rule, internet activities involving text work OK, those involving photos are very slow and ones based on video are unusable.


  • 1 x HP1055cm A0 colour inkjet plotter
  • 1 x HP4700dn A4 colour laser printer with duplex unit
  • 1 x HP2055dn A4 black and white laser printer with duplex unit
  • B&W A4/A3 photocopying is available in small quantities

There are enough plain paper and toner cartridges for average use of the printers/plotters. If you consider that you may need more than average or a particular paper/transparency stock, then this must be arranged before the ship sails each year, preferably in July during stock checks.

Unix-based facilities

  • General-use linux = CentOS
  • General-use unix = Solaris 10
  • Packages available: mb, rvs, scs, pstar, ddd, emacs, ffmpeg, gmt, gsd, meld

Contact [email protected] for further details.

Underway logging system (SCS)

Current devices being logged:

  • Ashtech ADU5 3D GPS system
  • Furuno GP32 GPS system
  • Ashtech GPS/GLONASS-based positioning system
  • Seatex Seapath 320+ GPS system
  • Simrad EA600 bathymetric echo sounder
  • Ships ultrasonic anemometer
  • Ships Chernikeef electromagnetic speed log
  • Ocean logger (BAS-designed environmental data logger)
  • Ships Sperry Doppler speed log
  • Ships acoustic Doppler current profiler
  • Winch system (CLAM)
  • Konsberg em122 centre beam depth

Additional devices can be logged to the central system via an RS232 NMEA data stream (max. resolution 1 second).


  • The standard operating system for workstations is Windows XP Professional.
  • Windows XP Home and Windows Vista are not supported by BAS systems. Windows 7 can be accommodated.
  • Software packages available from the server to networked PCs include:
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
    • ArcGIS
    • Hummingbird Exceed
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • Corel Graphics Suite X4
    • Winzip
    • Sophos Anti-Virus
  • All software installed on BAS PCs must be licensed and work-related. Other software found on the PCs will be removed.


  • You must supply your own backup media. This includes portable hard drives, floppy disks, DVD or CD-R media.
  • There is a limited supply of A4 paper for printing purposes.


  • The NetWare Server is backed up daily to LTO tape. All files that you place on your N: drive (personal account space) will be backed up.
  • The unix systems are backed up daily to LTO tape.
  • No backups are taken of the PCs’ local hard drives. You are responsible for backing up any files that you place on the PC local drives.
  • At the end of a cruise, all science data will be returned to Cambridge.

Novell NetWare account

  • Upon request you will be allocated with a Netware account and 1Gb of backed up network disk storage for your personal/work use.
  • The account and all files will be deleted upon leaving the ship.
  • A unix/linux account can also be arranged upon request.


Telephones: personal use

Personal computers

You may bring your own laptop computer with you to the ship and connect it to the network, but please note:

  • Windows XP Professional is fully supported on BAS laptops, although Windows 7 can be accommodated.
  • Windows XP Home and Windows Vista are not supported by BAS systems.
  • Windows installations must have functioning anti-virus software that is capable of regularly updating over the internet as new virus threats emerge.
  • Windows must be updated with the latest security patches released by Microsoft and distributed via Microsoft Update.
  • All laptop users should bring with them all driver and recovery disks related to their equipment.
  • Mac users can expect to be able to access some shared network drives and printing, but ICT support is not available on this platform.
  • Make sure software licenses work when disconnected from the network.
  • You must make your laptop available for inspection by the Radio Officer, or a member of the ICT section, before connecting it, to verify that these pre-requisites are met.


If you are bringing your own laptop on board it must have up to date anti-virus software on it. For personal use, we recommend Microsoft Security Essentials.