Public Computing

General purpose shell access is available for general purpose access. It should be used for computationally non-intensive tasks, such as reading email, editing text files, compilation of small source packages, etc. It should not be used for long running or computationally demanding processes. Do not run MATLAB on login.csail. can be used for similar tasks that require 32-bit Debian, libraries, or applications.


TIG maintains an OpenStack based 'cloud' platform for all lab members.

OpenStack is a free and open software suite for providing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) both for private clouds like we're implementing and large public clouds like Rackspace. We are currently using "Nova" compute services, "Keystone" identity service, "Horizon" web dashboard, "Cinder" volume service,"Glance" image management,"Neutron" networking service, and "Heat" orchestration service. We are currently using the "Mitaka" release (aka 2016.1 released May 2016) 14.04LTS "Trusty" with KVM as the virtualization layer. We also have an OpenStack "Swift" and AWS S3 compatible object store based on Ceph with 123TB available storage (370.97T raw less 3x replication)

As of Jan2017 we have 99 physical nodes, with 1440 physical cores (presenting as 2880 due to hyperthreading) and 12T RAM.

-- JonProulx - 12 Dec 2014

Detailed information on account self-signup and usage is available on the OpenStack page.

Compute Cluster

TIG supports a ClusterComputing infrastructure to support both a public batch queued system using Condor and supporting various levels of customized group clustering. If your group is considering purchasing computing resources please contact to how this infrastructure can benefit you.

See the ClusterComputing page for information on how to use the cluster.

Borg login cluster

borg-login-1 through borg-login-4 are available for submitting jobs to the ClusterComputing system. You can compile your cluster code there and run short tests.

Hosted virtual machines

Virtual machines for research groups may be available, depending on your needs and TIG availability.

Public PC and MAC

TIG maintains 4 machines for general use in the 2nd floor Gates Tower area (32-244, map).

You must have a valid CSAIL account to log into any of these machines. All of these machines are set up to print to the plotters.

  • Mac Pro OS 10.6.8. Includes Adobe CS3 Suite, Final Cut Pro
  • Mac Mini OS 10.8.2 Core i7 with 8GB RAM. Includes Photoshop & Illustrator CS6, Matlab, MS Office 2011, iWork 09
  • Windows 7 x64. Includes MATLAB, MS Office, and DVD / VCR encoding software and hardware.
  • CSAIL Debian machine for general use

There is limited software on the machines, and users cannot put software on the machines themselves. If you need additional software installed on these machines and believe there to be a benefit to the lab with such an installation, please drop us a note.

Loaner Laptop

TIG also maintains a collection of laptops available for semi-extended loan.

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