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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. can be used for similar tasks that require 32-bit Debian, libraries, or applications.


In Summer 2011 Quanta Computer donated a large computing resource ( 768 physical cores and >3TB of RAM ) as of Nov 2012 we are in the process of rolling out a new OpenStack based software environment which is now available on a Beta basis to all lab members...

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 in the Gates Tower entrance 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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