This is an overview of the computing resources available within CSS that I know about, as of October 26, 2010. It doesn't include things like personal workstations. I have been collecting usage statistics for all the linux systems for the past few months; I just don't have a good way of displaying them yet.
Workstations in the Linux lab are running Ubuntu 12.10. UWB IT is in the process up upgrading the systems to Ubuntu 14.04 (LTS) which will be completed by the end of Summer quarter 2015.
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.
All software and hardware concerns and requests should be sent to UWBSTITL@uw.edu
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.
All support requests for new software should be sent to UWBSTITL@uw.edu.
Hercules has become a general use machines for graduate student projects. It is currently running Red Hat 5.5 and connected to a four monitor display. There are plans to update the machine to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS by the end of Summer quarter 2015.
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. Originally purchased as hardware but converted to a virtual machine.
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 Windows lab is in UW1-310, and is wired with gigabit ethernet. Including the podium machine there are 17 Dell Optiplex 9020 workstations.
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: