Quick Reference

for beamline 8.3.1

 
How do I acknowledge beamline 8.3.1 in my paper?
Beamline 8.3.1 at the Advanced Light Source is operated by
the University of California Office of the President, Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives grant MR-15-328599 and Program for Breakthrough Biomedical Research, which is partially funded by the Sandler Foundation. Additional support comes from National Institutes of Health (GM105404, GM073210, GM082250, GM094625), National Science Foundation (1330685), Plexxikon Inc. and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. The Advanced Light Source (Berkeley, CA), a national user facility operated by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on behalf of the US Department of Energy under contract number DE-AC02-05CH11231, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, through the Integrated Diffraction Analysis Technologies program, supported by the US Department of Energy Office of Biological and Environmental Research.

 
Where are the BL8.3.1 Status and Schedule pages?
Right here: BL8.3.1 Status Page and here: BL8.3.1 Schedule

Where's BLU-ICE?
type "go" ... you MUST then find a little pop-up window and select a "Nickname" to get the BLU-ICE GUI running.

Where's the ADXV image display?
click on "Open With" at bottom right of the BLU-ICE image display on the HUTCH Tab, and select "ADXV"

I can't collect data, what do I do?
call "9-520-1423" on the BL8.3.1 phone

 
Information about Scripts and Data Collection?
Click Here

 
What do I do before I leave?
type "finished". This will set up the beamline to it's default state:
cryojet.com on; wave.com 11111; divergence.com 2 X .35; reset_runs.com nextuser
... and trigger a write of your last data DVD, if you had requested them.

 
How do I re-anneal my crystal?
type "anneal.com" to control the annealing process

 
How do I get a strategy?
type "index" and the Elves will guide you through it

 
How do I process my data set?
type "process_xds.com", a new terminal will open on your desktop with the "copy and paste" commands
or type "process" and Elves will guide you through it

 
How do I change the Pinhole Size?
type "pinhole.com" to see what pinhole is in place, "pinhole.com [20, 30, 50, 75, 100]" to change to another.
... wait until the pinhole is rotated into place, the new beam circle is drawn, the new "stage up" position is set.

 
How do I get my data home?
If you request, DVDs will be made automatically. For firewire and network options, have a look at moving data around

General guidelines:

Do whatever makes sense to you
To minimize training, we are trying to organize the beamline so that following your intuition will have the desired outcome.  If it doesn't I'd like to hear about it.
Do not delete your data
That is my job. We do systemwide archives on Mondays so that you will always have a copy of your data at the beamline. We also do statistics on data collection to try and improve the user-friendliness of the beamline.
Do not compress your data
Compressed files still take up space and are impossible to process. They are not good for anything. If you want to compress files for transfer, have a look at moving data around for better ways to do this.

 
Do your processing in /home, not /data
Processing onto the data disk slows down data collection and takes up a lot of space. The /data disk is optimized for large files. Lots of small files can fill up /data at only ~75% of its full capacity!

 
Do not interfere with other people's beam time
If you are doing processing after your beam time, try to remember to restrict your CPU activity to a "crush" node and keep your files in the /local directory. Do NOT restore any files to /data unless you know how to preserve their date stamps. Image files with new dates will be mistaken for newly-collected data and mess up the automatic archiver.

For more information:

see the George Meigs beamline notes.