General (VPC)

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What is it

A virtual machine is a computer file, typically called an image, that behaves like an actual computer. In other words, creating a computer within a computer. It runs in a window, much like any other program, giving the end user the same experience on a virtual machine as they would have on the host operating system itself. The virtual machine is sandboxed from the rest of the system, meaning that the software inside a virtual machine can’t escape or tamper with the computer itself. This produces an ideal environment for testing other operating systems including beta releases, accessing virus-infected data, creating operating system backups, and running software or applications on operating systems they weren’t originally intended for.


Or, simpler

A virtual computer that can execute your scripts and do lengthy calculations for you. Don’t bother your main computer with calculations.

Applications That You Can Run on the VPC

Nearly everything, because admin rights are possible.

What We Use It For

3 Sep 2018: A VPC runs Python scripts for creating the QuickViews and for automatically calculating preliminary fluxes – every day!


8 virtual processors (Intel Xeon E5-2650 v4 @2.2GHz)

Anaconda Versions

wdt_ID Site Computer Location conda Anaconda Updated Notes
1 CH-DAV DAV_MAIN PC on-site 4.4.10 5.1.0 (2018-02-15) 2018-04-08
2 CH-AWS RDS @LH 5.0.1 2017-10-24
3 - local @LH 4.5.4 5.2.0 (2018-05-30) 2018-09-22 fresh install
4 - VPC @LH 4.5.11 5.2.0 2018-09-22 via conda update anaconda in Anaconda prompt
Site Computer Location conda Anaconda Updated Notes

VPC Update Log

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New Article: Eddy Covariance Raw Data Binary Files

In case you ever wondered how our raw data files look like and what is needed before we can use them in EddyPro for flux calculations (and what does "compressed" vs "uncompressed" mean), here is a new Article for you: Eddy Covariance Raw Data Binary Files ... Read More
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New Article: Automatic Fluxes

Fluxes are calculated automatically every day. Here is a new article with more details: Automatic Fluxes ... Read More
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New Article: Automation Schedule

In case you ever wanted to know more about how calculations are automated, you can find a new article here: Automation Schedule ... Read More
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VPC Major Upgrade

The VPC (virtual PC) now runs with 8 virtual processors (Intel Xeon E5-2650 v4 @2.2GHz) and 32GB RAM. This will be helpful in running automatic fux calculations, QuickView plot generation and data conversions in parallel. For more info about the VPC, please see here ... Read More
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Updating to Most Recent Anaconda Distribution 5.2.0

[update] Updated on LH local, fresh install, to 5.2.0, downloaded here (Windows 64bit) [test] Tested CH-DAV QV generation on LH local with this version --> OK [update] On VPC in Anaconda prompt (as admin), ran conda update anaconda --> this updated conda from 4.3.21 to 4.3.30 [update] Still on VPC, ... Read More

Last Updated on 7 Mar 2019 17:00