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 at San Francisco with generous grants from
the National Institutes of Health (R01 GM124149 for technology development and P30 GM124169 for beamline operations),
and the Integrated Diffraction Analysis Technologies program of the US Department of Energy Office of Biological and Environmental Research.
The Advanced Light Source (Berkeley, CA) is 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.

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?
If the ALS up and running, and the beamline is not working, call "x2249" from the Beamline phone.

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

How do I process my data set?
Processing will begin automatically as soon as you start collecting a data set.
A new terminal, opened to our fastest computer, dataserver4, will appear on your desktop.
XDS will be running, with Pointless and Aimless to follow, if XDS is sucessfull.

More Info on Data Collection, Processing, and Scripts?
Click HERE

How do I get my data home?
Click HERE For portable Hard Drives and Network options,
What do I do before I leave?
... Then, 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.

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 "crush17." 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.