Computing Services and Facilities

Students, faculty and staff of the University of Pittsburgh can take advantage of a number of computing services from Computing and Information Services (CIS) including remote software access via application serving, timesharing services, dial-up access, and the public computing labs. Some of the components of these services include:

Software Application and Print Servers Service (includes Pittsburgh and Regional Campus Ubiquitous Network Access): 14 Hewlett-Packard Pentium-based Application Servers, each with 128 megabytes of main memory, 4 to 8 gigabytes of on-line disk storage, and running the NetWare version 4.1 operating system.

Sun UNIX Timesharing Service: 4 Ultra 2 processors, each with 1.5 gigabytes of main memory, 160 gigabytes of AFS distributed on-line disk storage, Solaris version 2.5.1 operating system.

VMS Timesharing Service: 2 Alpha 3000 processors (RISC), 1 VAX 6420 processor, 1.4 gigabytes of main memory, 62.5 gigabytes of on-line disk storage, 3 nine-track magnetic tape drives (1,600 and 6,250 bpi), 5 cartridge tape drives, VMS version 6.1 operating system.

IBM 3090-400J: 1 IBM 3090-400J processor, 256 megabytes of main memory, 256 megabytes of expanded memory, 180 gigabytes of on-line disk storage, 1 Xerox 4090 laser printer, 2 Xerox 4850 color laser printers, 1 2,800 lpm printer, 768 HYDRA protocol converter ports, 2 nine-track magnetic tape drives (1,600 and 6,250 bpi), 8 cartridge tape drives, MVS/ESA version 4.3 operating system.

Computing Labs

Listed below are the seven CIS public computing lab facilities available at the Pittsburgh Campus:

1077 Benedum Hall
41 Sun UNIX-based workstations
16 DEC 486 DOS/Windows PCs
58 Gateway Pentium DOS/Windows PCs
20 Macintosh Centris 650 PCs
5 Macintosh Quadra 650 PCs
5 Power Macintosh 7100 PCs
7 Power Macintosh 7200 PCs
4 DEC LPS32+ laser printers
1 DOS/Windows color scanner
1 Apple Macintosh color scanner

G-27/G-62 Cathedral of Learning
11 DEC 486 DOS/Windows PCs
36 Gateway Pentium DOS/Windows PCs
22 Macintosh Centris 650 PCs
18 Power Macintosh 7100 PCs
18 Power Macintosh 7200 PCs
3 DEC LPS32+ laser printers
1 DEC LPS20 laser printer
1 DOS/Windows color scanner
1 Apple Macintosh color scanner

1E01 Forbes Quadrangle
6 DEC 486 DOS/Windows PCs
75 Gateway Pentium DOS/Windows PCs
12 Sun UNIX-based workstations
3 DEC LPS32+ laser printers
1 DOS/Windows color scanner

Hillman Library Research Lab
18 DEC 486 DOS/Windows PCs
32 Gateway Pentium DOS/Windows PCs
27 Power Macintosh 7100 PCs
32 Power Macintosh 7200 PCs
25 Macintosh Centris 650 PCs
3 DEC LPS32+ laser printers
1 DEC LPS17 laser printer
1 DECLaser 3200 laser printer
1 MBOSS Braille printer
1 Apple Macintosh color scanner
1 DOS/Windows color scanner

230 Lawrence Hall
35 Macintosh Centris 650 PCs
5 Macintosh Quadra 650 PCs
32 Power Macintosh 7100 PCs
2 DEC LPS32+ laser printers
1 Apple Macintosh color scanner

C114 Sutherland Hall
6 DEC 486 DOS/Windows PCs
17 Gateway Pentium DOS/Windows PCs
19 Macintosh Centris 650 PCs
6 Power Macintosh 7100 PCs
1 DEC LPS32+ laser printer
1 DEC LPS17 laser printer
1 Apple Macintosh color scanner
1 DOS/Windows color scanner

Technology Evaluation and Consulting (TEC) Lab, B-3 Engineering Hall
- multimedia stations
- digitizing equipment
- color scanners and printers
- animation and graphics software
- courseware development
- hardware and software evaluation
- slide scanner

In addition to the seven public computing labs, CIS also supports the Adaptive ComputingTraining Lab, which is a part of the Learning Skills Center.

Adaptive Computing Training Lab
1 486 DOS/Windows PC and 2 Pentium DOS/Windows PCs featuring:
- voice synthesis hardware/software
- Braille keyboard
- enlarged display software for low-vision students
- voice-recognition software for keyboarding alternative
1 Power Macintosh with enlarged display, voice recognition synthesis software
1 Arkenstone text scanner/reader
1 Hewlett-Packard text scanner
1 Bookmaker Braille printer


Note: Enlarged-print software is available for low-vision students on all DOS/Windows PCs in the CIS public computing labs. Voice recognition software for the blind, including a voice interpreted interface to Microsoft Windows, is also accessible on all computing lab DOS/Windows PCs. All computing labs with Macintosh PCs feature facilities for file conversion.

Source: Computing and Information Services, September 1997.

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University of Pittsburgh Fact Book, 1997