The lab houses high-performance computers running Windows XP, Debian GNU/Linux, and Solaris. An adjoining room recycles computers from other campus labs to provide fast graphical access to the Debian and Solaris workstations for zero additional cost. The lab's switched fast ethernet network is firewalled from the rest of the campus, maximizing performance and security. The location is adjacent to the university's ITS machine room providing convenient high-speed network access to the rest of the campus. The dedicated terabyte-scale file server backs up the lab's research daily (both in the lab and on faculty workstations), providing insurance against physical disaster and user error.
Installed software includes commercial programs for finite element analysis, solid modeling, and computational fluid dynamics. Programming tools for C, C++, Fortran (77, 90, and High-Performance), Java, and Python are available for users as well.
Open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week students can store relevant books, papers, and other materials in the lab. The wide range of students who populate the lab provides an opportunity for students to help each other concerning various aspects of their research. Ample work spaces and areas are provided for small meetings between students, faculty, and others. Accounts are offered to every currently-enrolled engineering graduate student.
As a free service to the rest of the university, software archives are housed including:
- Debian GNU/Linux for Intel architecture computers, plus a mirror of Debian security updates for all architectures
- GNU source code from the Free Software Foundation, software which is increasingly becoming standard across all Unix-derived systems
- MikTeX, a LaTeX environment for Windows
- Xemacs, a full-featured text editor and programming environment for Windows and various Unix systems; Cygwin, which creates a Unix-like environment on Windows computers
The following computers are available for use in the CAE Laboratory. Also, the Debian and Solaris systems are network-accessible allowing students and faculty to work from around campus or from home.
High-Performance Computing Cluster
The CAE network also manages several high-performance systems for batch and/or parallel computational jobs. These systems are not available for remote access, but are available through the batch queueing system.
|Windows Workstations (Windows NT 4.0sp5)|
|CH208c||Dual-CPU Pentium III Xeon 933 Mhz, 2048 MB RAM, 36 GB disk space|
|CH208f||Pentium III Xeon 933 MHz, 1024 MB RAM, 36 GB disk space|
|CH208g||Dual-CPU Pentium 4 Xeon 2400 MHz, 1024 MB RAM, 36 GB disk space|
|CH208j||Dual-CPU Pentium 4 Xeon 2400 MHz, 1024 MB RAM, 36 GB disk space|
|CH208k||Dual-CPU Pentium 4 Xeon 1700 MHz, 1024 MB RAM, 36 GB disk space|
|Debian and Solaris Workstations|
|CH208a||Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 Dual-CPU Pentium 4 Xeon 1800 MHz, 1024 MB RAM, 73 GB disk space|
|CH208l||Solaris 2.7 Quad-CPU UltraSPARC II 450 MHz, 4096 MB RAM, 36 GB disk space|
|CH208m||Solaris 2.7 Quad-CPU UltraSPARC II 450 MHz, 4096 MB RAM, 36 GB disk space|
|CH208n||Solaris 2.8 Dual-CPU UltraSPARC III 750 MHz, 2048MB RAM, 36 GB disk space|
|CH208o||Solaris 2.8 Dual-CPU UltraSPARC III 750 MHz, 2048 MB RAM, 36 GB disk space|
|CH208p||Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 Dual-CPU Pentium 4 Xeon 2800 MHz, 2048 MB RAM, 73 GB disk space|
|CH208q||Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 Dual-CPU Pentium 4 Xeon 2800 MHz, 2048 MB RAM, 73 GB disk space|
|CH314b||Solaris 2.8 UltraSPARC IIe 500 MHz, 640 MB RAM, 20 GB disk space (for testing purposes only, this system may be reinstalled or rebooted at any time)|