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The department maintains a number of computing resources for the use of students, faculty, and visitors. The primary operating system is GNU/Linux, with the standard distribution being CentOS 5, a community rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.

Accounts are available to people who are sponsored by a faculty member or who are participating in a class that requires an account. See the account policy page for more information about obtaining an account.

Compute Servers

We operate two parallel-computing systems that can be used for research projects or classes.

hex, a sixteen-core (eight dual-core processors) AMD Opteron system, with 32 GB of RAM. There are eight dual-core, 64-bit 2.0 GHz AMD Opteron 870 processors with 32 GB of RAM.

pex is a 32-core (four eight-core processors) AMD Opteron system, with 128 GB of RAM. There are four eight-core, 64-bit 2.4 GHz AMD Opteron 6136 processors.

LaTeX Classes

The department has developed several LaTeX class files for use in creating various documents used for classes.

More information is available on our LaTeX support page.

Mirror Server provides mirrors of some free or open-source operating systems, including CentOS, the latest release and development tree for Fedora Core, and Debian GNU/Linux.

We also have a local mirror of CTAN, the “Comprehensive TeX Archive Network”, which includes everything you'd need to run TeX and LaTeX, from TeX systems for various operating systems, through documentation, and on to LaTeX packages that provide obscure functionality.

Additional Servers

In addition to our user-accessible systems, we operate a number of server systems to which access is restricted to systems staff.