LINUX Computing and Cluster Computing: "Beyond
the Laptop" UNIX-based computing is supported in the Theorodrome by
10 Linux/Windows HP workstations similar to faculty workstations.
This is complemented by two Math Department Linux compute servers
(clive, derek), three labs with various operating systems in our
sister department, Computer Science and Software Engineering,
located on the top floor of Moench Hall. The Linux platform allows
for more intensive computation with the above software, and some
additional packages such as SAS, R, and Cplex. These facilities are
available from anywhere on campus via SSH/SFTP or X-windows
sessions from a laptop or desktop. For more detailed information
see the math computing page.
These computing facilities are complemented by a Beowulf-style
cluster with the Portland Group compilers running on top of Linux.
In addition, the Matlab Distributed Computing System is
installed.The cluster is a shared facility of all academic
departments, hosted by the computer center. For more detailed
information see the cluster home page. Or visit the Technical
Services Center home page.
Laptops and Workstations: All students
workstation class laptop computers come with a substantial software
suite, including word processor, spreadsheet, browser, email and
networking software; Maple, Matlab, Minitab; and Magma, Java, and C
if needed; and a number of other scientific and engineering
software packages. In addition to these packages, faculty have
access to Scientific Workplace (TeX), and manyhave Linux
The campus is extensively networked; over 30 classrooms have an
average of 35 connections each, and all residence halls are
networked. In addition to the department's standard laser printers
and high volume photocopier, there are high volume laser
printers distributed throughout the institute.
Eigenspace -- Our casual study space offers a
coffee-shop atmosphere (BYOC), with tables, small reference
library, and whiteboard, where spontaneous eruptions of
mathematical discussion have been known to break out.
Our building is the one closest to the Logan Library, with its
electronic resources complemented by a complete coffee shop.
|The small size of the school affords proximity to other
departments, and we leverage this to provide collaborative
opportunities and to share facilities with multiple
departments. For example, we share the Imaging Systems Lab
with the Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and
Physics and Applied Optics departments.
The Center for Technological Research with Industry at the John
T. Meyers Building houses specialized facilities of
interest to math folk: a 3D printer (rapid prototyping
plastic modeler) and a 3 ft. wide colour printer.