What Computer Resources Are Available In SEAS?

Each user is provided with e-mail, a web site with CGI capability, printing, and shell access to several Unix systems. There is no fixed limit on the amount of email that can be saved, but if more than 250 MB of messages are saved 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. SEAS students are given at least 4 GB and faculty are given 10GB on our Network Appliance file servers (see the Accounts Management Area for your exact quota), with redundant disk, weekly backups, and snapshots every eight hours.

There are six labs which provide workstations primarily for academic use.

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 Oracle and MySQL 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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