What Computer Resources Are Available In SEAS?

Google@SEAS

All SEAS accounts are provided with a Google@SEAS account, via Google Apps for Education. Google@SEAS accounts provide unlimited storage and access to multiple Google applications. For more information, see the Google@SEAS FAQ.

All new SEAS accounts use Google@SEAS for email. Users who still read their email on SEAS servers are encouraged to contact cets@seas.upenn.edu to migrate their email to Google@SEAS.

SEAS Servers

All SEAS accounts are provisioned with a home directory on select SEAS servers (such as eniac.seas.upenn.edu), workstations and lab computers. A public website, printing, and shell access to several Unix systems are included.

Some SEAS users still read email on SEAS servers. There is no fixed limit on the amount of email that can be saved, but if more than 250 MB of messages are saved in a user's inbox for more than one month, the oldest messages will be moved to a separate mail folder on the file server. Our mail server continues to accept mail messages when the mailbox is over 250 MB. To avoid this inconvenience, contact cets@seas.upenn.edu to migrate a SEAS server email account to Google@SEAS.

Note that, unlike Google@SEAS, quotas are enforced on these accounts. SEAS students are given 16 GB and faculty are given 40 GB on our Network Appliance file servers (see the Accounts Management Area for your exact quota), with redundant disk, weekly backups, and regular snapshots. To avoid going over quota, SEAS users are encouraged to take advantage of the unlimited storage provided with Google@SEAS.

Academic computer labs

Linux labs

OpenSuSE Linux workstations are available in:

Remote access to our Linux environment is available via SSH to eniac.seas.upenn.edu; these systems are intended primarily for coursework. For courses requiring additional computing resources, Biglab is available. For course requiring special system configurations, see Speclab.

Windows labs

Windows 7 workstations are available in:

Remote access to a Windows lab environment is available through the Virtual PC Lab.

Additional resources

Additional facilities, such as database servers, specially configured computers, etc, are provided when needed by specific courses.

CETS manages Linux based high performance computing clusters for various Penn research groups.

Most classrooms in the Engineering School buildings have projectors, laptop jacks and installed computers, which are set up exactly like the student computer labs running Windows. Details on classroom features.

CIS Service Center

The Computer Service Center provides a standard set of additional resources to those who pay an annual fee. The CIS Service Center includes CIS graduate students, Faculty, Research Associates, Post Doctoral Fellows, and Visiting Researchers. Researchers in the CIS Service Center receive an additional 4 GB of space on the SEAS file server.

Each Service Center researcher's desk has a computer, typically a Dell PC running OpenSuSE Linux. These computers are refreshed on a 3-year replacement cycle. The Service Center also provides systems administration for standard equipment purchased by the University and outside sponsored grants.

Standard equipment consists of Dells running OpenSuSE Linux. Limited support (such as backups, firewalls and patch management) is provided for Dells running Windows 7, IBM laptops and Macintoshes running OS X.

Condor allows compute jobs to use available cycles on most CETS Linux machines.

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