Departmental Computing Facilities

The department has begun a major transition of our research and instructional computing from Unix-based platforms to platforms based on Microsoft's Windows NT( operating system and Intel's Pentium( processor. In starting this transition, we have benefited greatly from a donation of 75 Pentium desktop systems and five Pentium server systems from Intel Corporation and a donation of significant quantities of software, training, books, and equipment from Microsoft Corporation.

During the past year, we:

The department now has over 500 computers ranging from micros to specialized high-end parallel processors, well over 100Gbytes of on-line disk storage, and a backbone network combining 100Mbit FDDI and 100Mbit Fast Ethernet.

The department has a full-time computing facilities staff of nine. Dean Krafft serves as director, with programming support provided by Ian Alderman, Doug Flanagan, Orlando Johnson, and Larry Parmelee; hardware support provided by John Finley; user consulting support provided by Denise Moore, and systems administration provided by Cay Wilson. The staff provides full support for all the operating systems and standard software on our major computing platforms.

In addition to the resources directly owned and operated by the department, computer science students and researchers have access to a number of university facilities. The university provides extensive campus-wide networking, based on the TCP/IP protocols, implemented through several FDDI rings connecting organizational Ethernets. National and international access is provided by a T3 connection to NYSERNet.

In education, the department is opening a new laboratory of 50 Intel-donated 120MHz Pentium systems running Microsoft's Windows NT in Fall 1996. This lab will provide support for a wide range of upper-level undergraduate courses and individual research projects. The department also operates a lab of some 25 Hewlett-Packard 700 PA-RISC workstations for undergraduate teaching and research. Finally, through the Theory Center and the Cornell National Super-computer Facility (CNSF), computer science researchers have access to a wide range of advanced parallel processing and supercomputer systems as well as advanced graphics and visualization systems.

The following list includes all computing equipment in the Computer Science Department owned either by Cornell or by the Federal government.

Desktop Machines

10 SUN Sparc LX
16 SUN-4/25 (SPARCstation ELC)
16 SUN Sparc-10
38 HP 9000/700 series Workstations
17 SUN Sparc-20
72 Apple Macintosh(SE/II/Centris/Quadra/PowerBook)
7 SUN Sparc-5
61 Apple Power Macintosh (6100/7100/7200/7500)
12 SUN-4/50 (SPARCstation IPX)
5 Intel 486-based Desktop PC
48 SUN-4/60 (SPARCstation-1)
4 Intel 486-based Laptop PC
6 SUN-4/65 (SPARCstation-1+)
76 Intel Pentium-based Desktop PC
43 SUN-4/40 (SPARCstation IPC)
9 Intel Pentium-based Desktop PC
12 SUN-4/75 (SPARCstation-2)

Back-end Resources

1 SUN Sparc Ultra 1 WWW server
1 SUN Sparc-10/30 fileserver
9 SUN-670MP four-processor compute servers
2 SUN Sparc-20/61 fileservers
4 SUN Sparc-20/514 four-processor compute servers
7 133MHz Intel Pentium fileservers
5 SUN-4/75 fileservers
1 32-node Intel iPSC/860
1 SUN Sparc-10/51 fileserver
1 8-node IBM SP2

Other Hardware (not computers)

53 Color X-windows Terminals
54 B&W Laser Printers (HP/Apple/Sun)
79 Monochrome X-windows Terminals
3 Alantec Powerhub 3200/5000 network
1 Tektronix Phaser 550 Color Laser Printer
3 HP 1200C color printers
1 Fore ASX-200 ATM Switch

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