STAMPS:Current events


Welcome to the 2017 STAMPS course.

When you check in at the Swope Building you will be issued an MBL ID card that will provide access to the cafeteria and buildings after-hours; please keep it with you. This card has the code you will need to register your laptop with the MBL-REGISTER wireless network. Instructions for registering will be available when you check in. You will need to use the MBL-REGISTER network (not the MBLGuest network) for most aspects of the workshop, so please make sure you can establish the connection.

Our opening reception is at 7:00 PM on Sunday, July30th, in the Meigs Room (second floor of Swope)

The course will be meeting in room G70 (lower level) of the Loeb Building.

You will need to bring a laptop computer for the labs. We will be using these laptops to access the MBL servers, where you will run most of the programs, and the Amazon cloud.

You are welcome to bring whatever laptop you are used to using (Mac OS, Windows, Linux). Any modern laptop will have sufficient memory, speed, and power, but it must meet the following minimum requirements:

1. It should be wireless capable, as there are very few Ethernet plugs available.

2. Your power cords should be compatible with US electrical outlets (or bring an appropriate adapter).

3. You must know the administrative password or otherwise have rights to install new software. If you have no choice except to bring a locked machine on which you cannot install new software, please e-mail David Mark Welch ( to be sure that the minimum software is preinstalled on the laptop.

4. You will need to be able to connect to the Amazon cloud using a browser, preferably Firefox or Chrome. You will need to connect to MBL servers using ssh, X11, and scp protocols. If you know how to use these and have appropriate software on your machine, great. If not, please install the following programs before you arrive:

For Windows users:
MobaXterm is the simplest one-step solution to getting ssh, scp, and xterm on a Windows machine. Installation is simple and described on the website. A stand-alone alternative for ssh is PuTTY; two choices for a graphical interface for file transfer are Cyberduck and FileZilla. Firefox users may prefer the extensions FireSSH and FireFTP]. PuTTY and FireSSH do not include X11. If you’re feeling hardcore you can try installing the Cygwin/X X server.

For Mac Os X
SCP and SSH are installed by default, but you may find Cyberduck or FileZilla easier for file transfer than the command line scp.
Please be sure XQuartz is installed on your version of OSX; this will allow you to run X11.