You are here: Foswiki>Ops Web>Facilities (08 Jan 2015, aconner)EditAttach

Facilities, Equipment, and other Resources

TIG & Facilities

At CSAIL The Infrastructure Group (TIG) provides service-oriented computing, communications and operations assistance to support the world-class research underway at CSAIL. On the technical side, TIG handles everything from maintaining and monitoring a complex computing infrastructure 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensuring lab members can access cutting-edge computing services. TIG maintains the lab’s five data centers, handles space accommodations and event logistics.

Additionally, TIG actively promotes CSAIL research. The CSAIL network connects all locations in the research areas of the Stata Center with gigabit Ethernet at a density of one port per 25 square feet of office space, for a grand total of more than 4,000 gigabit networks ports. The network backbone is 10-gigabit Ethernet with a 30-gigabit aggregation connecting redundant backbone switches. CSAIL has aggregate outside connectivity of 10 Gbit/s.The wireless network in the Stata Center consists of 72 Meraki MR14 access points operating at 300 Mbit/s with support for IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n standards, providing full coverage of all research areas of the building.Currently, CSAIL has about 2,500 systems active on the network.

TIG also provides deployment, monitoring and maintenance of the following systems and resources, over a peta byte of storage, best practices cyber security guidance, open-stack private cloud computing, condor cluster computing,  email service, web service, authentication, software, printing, back up services, disaster recovery services, and many other services as required by CSAIL's PI community.  Also TIG's Operations team manages and provides training to the CSAIL community on the following resources: Water Jet Cutter, Laser Cutter, Machine Shop and 3D printer services. 

CSAIL Industrial Equipment

Ops provides these following services to its CSAIL members.

Laser Cutter


  • Room:
  • Phone Number:
  • Safety:
    • You must take Ron Wiken's safety/basic maintainence and operating instruction course prior to using the laser. This takes about thirty (30) minutes.
    • You cannot cut PVC because it will ruin the laser and will cause poisonous chlorine gas to form.
  • Do's:
    • You MAY cut wood, most plastics (no pvc), rubber, leather, paper.
    • You MAY etch glass and stone.
  • Dont's:
    • You MAY NOT etch or cut metal.
    • You MAY NOT cut or etch PVC.
    • You MAY NOT change any settings
  • Problems: or

Metal Workshop


  • Room: 244
  • Phone Number: 3-2078
  • Saftey:
    • You must see Ron Wiken for basic saftey and instructions. This can take about one (1) hour.
    • You MUST wear eye protection.
  • Rules:
    • You must clean up after yourself. This means put away your tools when finished, pickup any debris formed from you project, and report missing/broken tools to Ron Wiken.
    • DO NOT remove any tools from the machine shop. You may borrow tools from the CSAIL stock room if you need them.
  • Problems: or

Spare Parts

  • Room: 240
  • Phone Number: 3-5991
  • Rules:
    • Only take what you need for your project.
    • DO NOT take any drawers out of the room.
    • If you spill something, pick it up.
    • If you borrow tools, you must bring them back.
    • If you cannot find something, ask Ron Wiken.
  • Hours of operation: 24/7
  • Problems: or

Topic revision: 08 Jan 2015, aconner

MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory


  • About CSAIL
  • Research
  • News + Events
  • Resources
  • People

This site is powered by Foswiki MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology