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 two extremely nice, polite, efficient, and overly qualified computer support persons. In order to alleviate some of their workloads, the College has created this online help page. Herein you should find enough documentation to answer any question you may have.

Services Provided by the College to CECS Faculty, Staff, and Students

  • Printing - where public printers are located, what models they are, how to install them/get them installed on your computer
  • Web Server - how to apply for an account, how to upload your pages, how to add counters to your pages, etc.

Things to Remember

  • CECS computers are in the “” domain, not “”
  • Pretty much everything is accessible from off-campus via the VPN client (contact CaTS).

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¢ is paid toward tech fee
  • Microsoft Office, Matlab, Solid Works, more
Access Restricted to Specific Classes Labs:

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

Linux PC Labs

All use CentOS, equivalent to RedHat.

Access Restricted to MME Classes Labs:

141– “wilbur” machines

  • Ansys/CFX/Fluent, Matlab, Mathematica, NAG Fortran Compiler, Nastran/Patran, OpenOffice
Access Restricted to EE Classes Labs:

323 and 333– “vlsi” machines

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

Multiuser Systems

Any CECS UNIX account can login.

  • gandalf
    • older system, has older versions of software
    • 8 processors, 24GB RAM, Solaris 10
  • thor
    • 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, aka “the green form”
  • lasts until student graduates
  • username is same as campus username, but it’s still a different account


Printers, toner, and paper paid for with tech fee: printing is NOT free! Students pay for it, so when it is abused, the students have to wait longer for the purchase of other equipment (new PCs, new lab equipment, etc.). The abusers are being subsidized by everyone else!

  • russ1 printers in 152
  • russ3 printers in 333
  • 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

  • taylor cluster– 90 node/core HPC cluster used by MME department researchers (including grad students); consult Dr. George Huang for access
  • cradle cluster– 47 node/188 core HPC cluster used by Dr. George Huang’s research group
  • valhalla & ecsnas1– servers used in CECS for various things
  • 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 405, 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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