An overview of the lab resources managed and maintained by CSS. This includes the three primary CSS Labs, UW1-310 running Windows, UW1-320 running Linux, and UW1-321 running a mix of Windows and Linux generally used by the Cyber Security program.
Also included is some information on the UW1-302 Special Projects lab and the workstations potentially available for Grad level research projects.
For a comprehensive list of hardware available in the CSS labs please see the CSS Lab Inventory
For all support requests regarding the CSS Labs please contact the STEM CSS Liaisons, David Guenther and Rafael Silva, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workstations in the Linux lab are running Ubuntu 14.04.
Graduate lab machines are a mix of operating systems and will be outlined in the below sections.
The Linux lab in UW1-320 has 16 desktops on a gigabit network. All machines are configured identically with the exception of the podium machine. The podium machine has some tutor specific software installed and is generally not available for student usage.
These machines are named uw1-320-01 through uw1-320-15. While generally available these desktops are shared by some graduate projects and as such are subject to irregular loads and may be rebooted or disconnected by students without warning. The IT staff is working on methods of reducing unplanned shutdowns while minimizing end user impact.
UW1-320 Workstation Specs:
A round-robin alias has been configured, uw1-320-lab, this will connect you to a next-in-line workstation machine. The purpose is to allow students to only have to remember a single hostname while still providing some light load-balancing among the lab machines.
Please visit Connecting to the Linux Lab Machines for directions on how to connect to the Linux lab remotely.
Located in UW1-302. This is an array of machines, mostly purchased on research grants but some for the graduate program. The network is all gigabit. Workstations in this space do not have a specific configuration and are often updated with new software based on student and faculty needs.
Generally these workstations are available 24/7 for remote access. However IT support may require support windows of downtime, both planned and unplanned, in order to update software or install additional software.
Hercules has become a general use machines for graduate student projects. It is currently running Ubuntu 14.04 and connected to a four monitor display.
Prof. Stiber's machine for research using CUDA.
Primarily used for Prof. Fukuda's GPU compute research. Currently running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
The UWB IT data center is located on the ground floor of UW1.
Metis is the authentication/authorization/file server for most of the CSS linux systems. It is not general access, and shouldn't be used for interactive login unless necessary.
Original head node of the Mnode cluster. Purchased through a research grant and used primarily by Prof. Fukuda. Currently running as a VM.
Used as a compute cluster by Prof. Munehiro; can operate with either Medusa or Hercules as the head node.
Windows lab machines use a common image maintained by IT, currently all machines are running Windows 7. UWB IT is currently testing and reviewing Windows 10 to determine the best roll-out timeline. There is no remote desktop access to these machines; users must be physically present.
The drop-in Windows lab is in UW1-310, and is wired with gigabit ethernet. Including the podium machine there are 17 Dell Optiplex 9020 workstations.
The UW1-310 Windows lab includes a range of IDEs and other software development tools including:
For more detailed information about the drop-in Windows lab please see here.
UWB IT continues to explore opportunities with cloud based solutions. These are a few links that might be helpful for research possibilities.
Amazon provides grants for educators to use their cloud computing infrastructure:
Microsoft also has an academic pilot program for their Azure environment:
Google App Engine doesn't seem to have an academic discount program, but their base service includes a fair amount of usage free per day: