What Computer Resources Are Available in SEAS?

Google@SEAS

All SEAS accounts include a Google@SEAS G Suite account. 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 by default. Users who still read their email on legacy SEAS email servers are encouraged to contact CETS to migrate their email to Google@SEAS.

SEAS Servers

All SEAS accounts include a home directory accessible on SEAS login servers (such as eniac.seas.upenn.edu), managed workstations and lab computers. Websites, printing, and remote access to several Unix systems are available.

Some SEAS users still read email on legacy SEAS email 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, please contact CETS to migrate a legacy SEAS email account to Google@SEAS.

Unlike Google@SEAS, account quotas are enforced on our Network Appliance file servers:

Exceeding your quota may result in failed writes and truncated files. Visit the Accounts Management Website to view your current quota usage. SEAS servers benefit from redundant disk, weekly backups, and regular snapshots. To avoid going over quota on SEAS servers, 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 CIS 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 CIS 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 Apple computers running MacOS.

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

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