Departmental Computing Facilities

During the past year, we:

The department has over 300 computers. Most of these are SUN Sparc engineering workstations, but the others range from micros to specialized high-end parallel processors. New equipment expenditures this year totaled over $400,000 (our cost-list price was more than twice that).

The department has a full-time computing facilities staff of nine. Dean Krafft serves as director, with programming support provided by Harry Barshatzky, Doug Flanagan, Larry Parmelee, and one position to be filled by Ian Alderman in Fall 1995; hardware support provided by John Finley and Orlando Johnson; 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 operates a lab of some twenty-five Hewlett-Packard 700 PA-RISC workstations for undergraduate teaching and research. These are some of the fastest engineering workstations on the market and have provided a unique and valuable resource for undergraduate courses with heavy computing requirements. Cornell Information Technologies and the Computer Science Department also jointly operate an undergraduate teaching laboratory of 40 SUN workstations for upper-level undergraduate courses. Finally, through the Theory Center and the Cornell National Supercomputer 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

12 SUN Sparc LX
20 SUN Sparc-10 Model 41/51
18 SUN Sparc-20 Model 51/61
6 SUN Sparc-5
2 SUN Sparc-10 Model 30
10 SUN-4/50 (SPARCstation IPX)
41 SUN-4/60 (SPARCstation-1)
6 SUN-4/65 (SPARCstation-1+)
34 SUN-4/40 (SPARCstation IPC)
14 SUN-4/75 (SPARCstation-2)
15 SUN-4/25 (SPARCstation ELC)
38 HP 9000/700 series Workstations
120 Macintosh (SE/II/Centris/Quadra/PowerBook/PowerMac)

Back-end Resources

9 SUN-670MP four-processor compute servers
4 SUN Sparc-20/514 four-processor compute servers
4 SUN-4/280
5 SUN-4/75 fileservers
1 SUN Sparc-10/51 fileserver
1 SUN Sparc-10/30 fileserver
2 SUN Sparc-20/61 fileservers
1 32-node Intel iPSC/860

Other Hardware (not computers)

10 NCD16 X-windows Terminals
15 NCD19b X-windows Terminals
8 NCD19r X-windows Terminals
3 NCD15s X-windows Terminals
24 Tektronix XP23 X-windows Terminals
6 Tektronix XP27 X-windows Terminals
15 Tektronix XP337 Color X-windows Terminals
36 Tektronix XP119C Color X-windows Terminals
1 Tektronix Phaser III Pxi Color Printer
1 Tektronix 4693D Color Printer
3 HP 1200C color printers
11 SUN NeWSPrinter 20/SparcPrinter
14 Apple Laserwriter (II/IIg/630) Printers
3 Alantec Powerhub 3200/5000 network bridge/routers

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