You are here

Introduction to Virtual DICE

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version

Virtual DICE is a DICE-like environment in a virtual machine. It can be used on a variety of computers (see Installing Virtual DICE).

Any DICE user can download Virtual DICE and install it on their own computer. However some of the components of Virtual DICE may not be freely redistributable, so please don't share it.

Virtual DICE is not quite the same as normal DICE:

  • Virtual DICE runs in a virtual machine on your own computer, not on a desktop computer in an Informatics lab or office.
  • On Virtual DICE everyone can have root access.
  • Virtual DICE has less memory and disk space than DICE - but you can change that on your copy.
  • Some software is excluded from Virtual DICE because of licence restrictions: Adobe Acrobat Reader; Adobe Flash Player; Allegro Common Lisp; Maple; Matlab; Webots. To use this software, login to a normal DICE machine instead.
  • You cannot submit a student practical exercise on Virtual DICE. The submit command must be run on a normal DICE machine. (See How to submit a practical exercise.)
  • Virtual DICE stores your files locally in the virtual machine. On DICE, your files are in AFS, stored on network servers. But you can still access AFS from Virtual DICE. See Files on Virtual DICE for more details.
  • Virtual DICE can allow logins when its host computer isn't on a network. Logging in to Virtual DICE explains.
  • DICE has regular software updates, but on Virtual DICE you control when software is updated using update-vdice.
Last reviewed: 

System Status

Home dirs (AFS)
Other services
Scheduled downtime

Choose a topic