At the SIMULATING STARS SUMMER SCHOOL, you will spend a considerable amount of time working on simulations first hand, with the help of the teaching assistants and lecturers, but also of your fellow students. In order to get the maximum out of it, you should come prepared!
All students are expected to install the required software and make sure that everything runs smoothly before coming to the school. If you don't have a laptop, or you cannot make the software work in any way, don't worry, there will be desktops at the venue that you can use to do the labs. However, it is much better to have everything on your computer, so we encourage you to use your own laptop.
MESA does not run smoothly on Windows. However, several MESA users have thought of ways to overcome the problem. One of these kind souls is also a TA at the SIMULATING STARS SUMMER SCHOOL, Amber Lauer. She created VMESA, a virtual machine that allows to use MESA on a Windows computer.
If you have Windows on your laptop, please install VMESA, following the instructions that you can find on Amber's website:
In some of the labs we will use python to plot and analyze data. Having coded in python before is not a prerequisite, as we will provide Jupyter notebooks with detailed explanations of the python codes.
Instructions on how to install Jupyter are available on the website: