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The department provides extensive computing and communications resources in support of its activities. Forty-two powerful servers (Sun SPARC and Sunfire, Dell PowerEdge, IBM) are interconnected by a mixture of switched gigabit and 100 megabit Ethernet.

The departmental backbone switch is a Foundry FastIron Edge 12GCF, which provides gigabit connectivity to the University's ATM backbone. In addition, the department operates Windows 2003 servers to support PC software applications. Desktop facilities and machines available for general student use are a mixture of AMD and Intel PCs ranging from the Athlon 1800+ to the 3.2 GHz Pentium 4, running Windows XP and Fedora Core. These are connected to central servers via a switched 100 megabit Ethernet. The department employs a systems group to help support this infrastructure.

Students and faculty also have access to central university computing resources and network facilities.

Network Infrastructure

  • Foundry FastIron Edge 12GCF Gigabit switch, with copper and fiber ports
  • Nortel Business Policy Switch 2000
  • 3 3Com 9300 SuperStack II 12 Port Gigabit Ethernet switches
  • 3 3Com 3900 SuperStack 24 Port w/ Gigabit uplink
  • 8 3Com SuperStack 3 3300 12 Port Gigabit Ethernet switches
  • 1 3Com SuperStack 3 3824 24 Port Gigabit Ethernet switch
  • 2 Bay Networks 350T 100 Mbit Ethernet switches

File Servers

  • 2 Sun Enterprise 250 servers
    • 1 TB of RAID5, using 2 Box Hill Systems RAIDBox 5300 Turbo+
  • 2 Cybernetics Model 2000 AIT 30 Tape Dual-drive Tape Backup
  • 1 SpectraLogic 20k Gator Tape Backup with 2 AIT-3 100 GB Drives
  • 2 Sun Sunfire V210 servers
    • Mail, FTP, Web (Apache)
  • 1 Pentium III 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM Windows 2003 Server running IIS Web Server
  • 3 Dual AMD Opteron 1.8 GHz, 2 GB Microsoft Windows 2003 Domain Servers

Compute Servers

  • 2 Sun Enterprise 250 servers, 512 MB, Solaris
  • 1 Sun Enterprise 250 server, 1 GB, Solaris
  • 1 Sun Enterprise 250 server, 896 MB, Solaris
  • 1 Sun Enterprise 250 server, 2 GB, Solaris
  • 2 Sun Sunfire 280R servers, 4 GB, Solaris
  • 5 Appro 1550 dual AMD Opteron servers, 1 GB, Linux
  • 4 Dell PowerEdge 1800 dual processor AMD Opteron servers,2 GB, Linux

Interactive Servers

  • 4 Sun Sunfire V210 servers, 2 GB, Solaris

Printers

  • Large collection of mostly  Hewlett Packard network accessible printers including
    • 3 High-speed  HP high capacity duplexing laser printers - currently 2 9050dn, 1 9000 dn
    • 2 HP 4650 dn duplexing color laser printers
    •  HP 2500CP Poster-format laser color printer
    • Other printers available to network users by proximity

Teaching Laboratories

  • 63 Dell  Dual Pentium 3.2 GHz, 3 GB RAM, running Windows XP Professional and Fedora Core and 20" Dell LCD Displays

Internet Engineering Teaching Laboratory

  • 4 Cisco 2514 Access Routers ? V.35 (T1) and 10 Mbit Ethernet interfaces

Computer Graphics

  • 29 Dual Athlon MP 2400+ , 3 GB RAM
  • 16 Dual Xeon 2.4 GHz, 1 GB RAM
  • Several high-end PCs and Macs equipped with top-of-the-line NVIDIA and ATI video cards and dual-head displays
  • Multiple high-end Sony mini-DV cameras, portable mini-DV VCRs
  • PCs with hardware and software for non-linear editing capability
  • Currently building state-of-the-art immersive display environment
    • 6 projectors
    • Wide-area-high-precision head tracker
    • 3-channel spatialized audio circular polarization for passive stereo display

Legion's Centurion

  • 64 dual 1500 MHz IBM AMD Opterons, 2 GB RAM connected by two Foundry Gigabit switches

LAVA Computer Architecture Group

  • 15 Dual Athlon 1500 MHz, 1 GB RAM
  • 15 Dual Pentium III 450 MHz, 256 MB RAM

Grid Computing Group

  • 22 Dual Xeon 2.8 GHz Sunfires, 1 GB RAM

Zephyr (Compiler and Architecture Toolkit) Group

  • 4 Sun UltraAX-i2, 1 GB RAM

Tortola Project

  • 3 Dual Xeon 3.0 GHz with 1 GB RAM
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