With the performance of desktop workstations increasing and the prices coming down, a tremendous growth of the number of application programs available on these workstations can be observed. In this rapidly changing environment, the Desktop Application Support for Physics service proposes help to physicists with their application programs on desktop workstations.
It will provide consultancy and expertise for application programs typically used on a desktop workstation by physicists (excluding CN-provided packages like GEANT and PAW, where other services exist already). Documentation for such programs will be created and made available. Recommendations on suitable platforms and their configurations can be given. Help may be provided on any other question concerning physics desktop applications, subject to experience available on the issue.
It will liaise with other services at CERN for problems related to purchasing, maintenance, networking, backups, operating systems, libraries and CERN software.
It is a complementary service to other existing services in CN, namely