Academic and Career Advising

Computing Support from the College

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The College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) has lots of computing resources, many of which have been paid for with the Student Technology Fee.

CECS employs helpful computer support persons. But, to alleviate some of their workloads, the college has created this online help page. You should find enough documentation to answer any questions.

Things to Remember

  • CECS computers are in the “” domain, not “”
  • Almost everything is accessible from off-campus via the VPN client (contact CaTS).
  • Many of the computing resources were paid for with funds from the student technology fee, which all CECS students pay. Please use appropriately the equipment, services, and sofware you helped purchase.

PC Labs

Windows PC Labs

Every lab has Office and Matlab.

24 Hour Open Labs:

152B and 152D

  • Use your campus username (w123abc) to authenticate
  • Access is granted by semester when at least 1 cent is paid toward tech fee
  • Microsoft Office, Matlab, Solid Works, more


  • Dual-boot Windows and Linux
  • For Windows, use your campus username to authenticate. For Linux, you must have a CECS UNIX account (see below).
Access Restricted to Specific Classes Labs:

152E, 122, 203, 243, 319, 411, 413, 426, 434, 439

Linux PC Labs

Access Restricted to MME Classes Labs:

All use CentOS, equivalent to RedHat.

141– “wilbur” machines
  • Ansys/CFX/Fluent, Matlab, Mathematica, NAG Fortran Compiler, Nastran/Patran, OpenOffice
Access Restricted to EE Classes Labs:

333– “vlsi” machines

  • Cadence (virtuoso), Matlab, Mathematica, OpenOffice, Synopsys (Saber), Xylinx (vivado)

Multiuser Systems

Any CECS UNIX account can login.


  • 12 cores, 128GB RAM, RHEL 5
  • Everything 141 and 333 has, just no console access

CECS UNIX Accounts

15GB disk quota standard, can be increased if needed

Class Accounts

  • Only exist for duration of course and are distributed by faculty
  • Can be extended by faculty if needed for an incomplete or a follow-on course

Named Accounts

  • Obtained by filling out a UNIX Account Request Form in department office (the "green form”)
  • Lasts until student graduates
  • Username is same as campus username, but a different account


Printers, toner, and paper paid for with tech fee, but printing is not free. Please do not delay the purchase of updated equipment by abusing printing privileges.

  • PrintWright printers in 152
  • PrintWright printers in 323
  • Most small labs have printers for use in that room

Licensed Software

  • Abaqus
  • Ansys/CFX/Fluent
  • Cadence (virtuoso, many others)
  • Cradle (SC/Tetra, SC/Stream)
  • Labview
  • Mathematica
  • Matlab
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • NAG Fortran Compiler
  • Nastran/Patran
  • Solid Works
  • Synopsys (Saber)
  • Xylinx (ISE)

Others that are licensed specifically to a certain faculty or research group

Other Resources

  • cradle cluster– 47 node/188 core HPC cluster used by Dr. George Huang’s research group
  • unixapps1– University RHEL machine; contact CaTS
  • Ohio Supercomputer Center–statewide resources; many large HPC clusters; great resource for running large simulations

Computing Support Staff

Jay Scott Osborne, B.S., M.B.A.

College of Eng & Computer Sci Admin
Senior Computer Systems Administrator
Russ Engineering Center 264, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Mike Vanhorn, B.S., M.B.A.

College of Eng & Computer Sci Admin
Senior Computer Systems Administrator
Russ Engineering Center 265, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001

If, by chance, your questions are not answered by this site, contact CECS Computer Support.

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