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System Requirements

The SIP Research Grade empirical solar irradiance model is a binary IDL save file that runs with a Graphics User Interface (GUI). Any platform that has ITT, Inc (RSI) Interactive Data Language (IDL) version 6.0 or higher can use this model. This includes:

* Red Hat 6.0
** IDL 5.3 is the last release that will support the Windows NT for Alpha platform
*** Includes iMac and G3, G4, G5

Platform Vendor Hardware Operating
VMS Compaq Alpha VMS 7.1
UNIX Compaq Alpha Tru64 UNIX 4.0
  HP PA-RISC HP-US 10.20, 11
  IBM RS/6000 AIX 4.3
  Intel Intel x86 Linus 3.3
  SGI Mips Irix 6.4, 6.5
  SUN SPARC Solaris 2 2.6, 2.7
  SUN Ultra Solaris 2 2.6
  SUN Intel x86 Solaris 2 2.6
Windows   Intel x86 Windows NT 95, 98
    Intel x86 Windows NT 4.0
    Intel x86 Windows NT 4.0
Macintosh   PowerPC, Intel x86 Mac OS X OS X 10.1 - 10.5


All messages and errors that occur while running the SIP application will appear in the IDL Output log which is often a separate window on many platforms. While we have done our utmost to provide a robust, validated, and rigorously tested product, WE ARE VERY INTERESTED TO LEARN ABOUT ANY UNDOCUMENTED ERRORS THAT MAY OCCUR WHEN RUNNING THIS APPLICATION. Please contact us at if you feel that there is a problem with this application. We realize that users are often under time constraints and are working to deadlines. Therefore, we will do our utmost to fix any significant problems that you bring to our attention and we will notify you of the fix in a timely way. General concerns that are of interest to a broad community of users will be posted in the FAQ section of this document.