Access Procedures for the NINC Computer lab

Required NINC membership:

Access to the computer resources in the NINC Data Analysis/Computation lab in DMCBH Koerner Labs is restricted to users from NINC member labs. If your lab needs NINC membership please contact Daphne Druick in DMCBH Administration (ddruick@mail.ubc.ca) and cc Jeffrey LeDue (jledue@mail.ubc.ca) to arrange payment of membership fees. Training sessions and consultation about computational problems and data analysis are included in the NINC membership fee and supported by the Dynamic Brain Circuits cluster. Please contact Jeffrey LeDue (jledue@mail.ubc.ca) for help.

Paper Acknowledgement Section Suggested text:

If you are publishing your work and have used NINC resources in your project please use the following text including the persistent identifier for NINC (Research Resource ID, RRID):

This work was supported by resources made available through the Dynamic Brain Circuits cluster and the NeuroImaging and NeuroComputation Centre at the UBC Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (RRID SCR_019086).”

Required booking procedure for remote and in-person access:

We continue to have a mix of in-person and remote access to the NINC computer lab. An empty chair does not indicate the computer is available. Booking is required to help us coordinate our usage and avoid conflicts. Please use the DMCBH Booked Scheduler to reserve the computer you need. If you do not have access to the Booked Scheduler please click “register” or sign in with existing credentials (e.g. google) if you prefer.

Example of DMCBH Booked Scheduler log in page.

Using DMCBH Booked Scheduler:

After registration, please contact Jeffrey LeDue (jledue@mail.ubc.ca) to be added to the resources for each of the computers. Once added these will show up under the “Centre for Brain Health Microscopes” calendar group. You can navigate to the date you wish to reserved and make a reservation by clicking on the timetable and editing the details. It may be necessary to first click on the “Reservations” menu at the top of the screen and click “Schedule” in the drop down menu. Then, if not already selected, set the drop down menu at the centre of the screen to “Centre for Brain Health Microscopes”.

Example of using Booked to reserve a NINC-PC.

General guidelines and notes on the NINC-PC:

Some general guidelines and notes on the NINC-PCs

  • After the recent round of upgrades to the NINC resources carried out with MedIT in early 2022, the hardware configurations of the computers are a bit different. Four machines have large system memory (256GB), 4 have standard system memory (64GB). GPU’s are RTX 4000, 5000, or 6000 with one GTX 1070. GPU type is noted in the resource name on Booked Scheduler. The GPU type dictates the available vRAM (e.g. RTX 4000 & GTX 4000, 8GB vRAM; RTX 5000, 16GB vRAM; RTX 6000, 24 GB vRAM. More information can be found by looking at the webpages describing each PC linked from this page.
  • Each computer has a QR code on the case. Scan the QR code with your phone to see the system details including software available.
  • Each computer has both Windows (win10) and Linux (ubuntu 18.04) Operating Systems. Windows is considered the default. If a computer is booted to Linux the resource title in Booked Scheduler will have “- LINUX” appended.
  • Log in is by CWL for both Windows and Linux. Some users may need to append “.stu” to their CWL username to log in.
  • Each PC has an SSD (1 TB) for the OS and an HDD (3 TB) for local data.
  • In Windows do not store files on the C: drive (e.g. Documents, Downloads). C: drive is for the Windows OS, applications, and user profile settings only.
  • In Linux, please do not large data files in your home folder. The Linux SSD has a partition called “scratch” which is intended for temporary storage of data needing to be read/written quickly. The HDD can also be mounted in linux for additional data storage.
  • Do not consider the PC’s as a primary or backup copy of your data. For secure data storage, the NINC teamshare is available.

In person usage:

After making a reservation in the Booked Scheduler and considering the guidelines above, you are ready for in person usage of the NINC-PC’s. Please email Jeffrey LeDue (jledue@mail.ubc.ca) for assistance as required.

Remote access in Windows:

  • Remote access to the NINC-PCs in Windows is done using Microsoft Remote Desktop. You will need to install this application on the computer you intend to use to access NINC-PCs.
  • To reach a specific computer you will need its IP address this can be found in the resource description on Booked Scheduler. Hover the mouse over any NINC-PC resources and you will see it. Check the image below for an example.
  • In order to connect remotely in Windows you will need to be connected to the UBC VPN using a special VPN pool called “.medrschvpn”. This is appended to your CWL username when logging in to VPN using the Cisco Any Connect Secure Mobility Client. Two factor authentication is also required and means appending “@app” to your CWL and special VPN pool designation. See image below.
  • Contact Jeffrey LeDue (jledue@mail.ubc.ca) to make the request to MedIT to be added for remote access and the special VPN pool.
Example of sign-in to special “.medrschvpn” VPN pool
Example of finding the NINC-PC’s IP address.

Remote access in Linux:

  • Remote access in linux is possible, please contact Jeffrey LeDue for more information (jledue@mail.ubc.ca)

Access to NINC teamshare:

  • Teamshare is secure data storage service available to NINC users.
  • Please contact Jeffrey LeDue (jledue@mail.ubc.ca) if you would like to be added to the NINC teamshare.
  • Connection instructions are available here for windows, Mac, and linux.