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 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:

Consulting Resources: 24-hour Help Desk, UPLINK Knowledge Base, Online Help Sheets, QuickStart Workshops, Contract Analysts, and Expert Partners.

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, and 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, 2 Exabyte 8mm tape drives, 6 4mm DAT drives, and VMS version 6.1 operating system.

IBM 2003-277: 1 IBM 2003-227 processor, 256 megabytes of main memory, 256 megabytes of expanded memory, 270 gigabytes of online disk storage, 768 HYDRA protocol converter ports, 2 nine-track magnetic tape drives (1,600 and 6,250 bpi), 8 cartridge tape drives, and OS/390 version 1.3 operating system.



Computing Labs: Listed below are the eight CIS public computing lab facilities available at the Pittsburgh Campus:

1075 Benedum Hall

74 Windows NT 4.0 Workstations; 45 Apple PowerMac PCs (7200,7300); 36 Sun Sparc Ultra Unix Workstations; 5 DEC LPS 32 Laser Printers; 1 Windows-based Scanner; and 1 Macintosh-based Scanner. Open 24 hours, seven days a week.

C114 Sutherland Hall

33 Windows NT 4.0 Workstations; 27 Apple PowerMac PCs (7300); 3 Sun Sparc Ultra UNIX Workstations;

3 DEC Laser Printers (2 DEC LPS 32, 1 DEC LPS 17); 1 Windows-based Scanner; and 1 Macintosh-based Scanner. Open 24 hours, seven days a week.

126 Gardner Steel Conference Center (Calculus and Engineering Lab)

29 Windows NT 4.0 Workstations; 53 Apple PowerMac PCs (7100); and 1 DEC LPS 17 Laser Printer.

1E01 Forbes Quadrangle

80 Windows NT 4.0 Workstations; 16 Sun Sparc Ultra UNIX Workstations; 4 DEC LPS 32 Laser Printers;

and 1 Windows-based Scanner.

230 David Lawrence Hall (Campus Computing Consulting Facility and Lab)

40 Windows NT 4.0 Workstations; 21 Apple PowerMac PCs (266 MHz G3); 3 Sun Sparc Ultra UNIX Workstations; 2 Xerox DocuPrint N40 Laser Printers; 1 Windows-based Scanner; and 1 Macintosh-based Scanner. Open 24 hours, seven days a week.

B-3 Engineering Hall (Technology Evaluation and Consulting [TEC] Lab)

Services include: multimedia stations; digitizing equipment; animation and graphics software; color printer; slide scanner; plotter; courseware development and hardware; and software evaluation.

G-27/G-62 Cathedral of Learning

54 Windows NT 4.0 Workstations; 53 Apple PowerMac PCs (7200, 7300, 266 MHz G3); 4 DEC LPS 32 laser printers; 1 Windows-based Scanner; and 1 Macintosh-based Scanner.

112 Hillman Library

73 Windows NT 4.0 Workstations; 73 Apple PowerMac PCs (7200, 7300); 6 DEC Laser Printers (4 DEC LPS 32, 1 DEC LPS 17, 1 DEC Laser 3200); 1 Windows-based Scanner; 1 Macintosh-based Scanner; and 1 MBOSS Braille Printer.

In addition to eight campus computing labs, CIS also supports the Adaptive Computing Training Lab, which is a part of the Learning Skills Center, on the 7th Floor of the William Pitt Union.

Adaptive Computing Training Lab

Pentium Windows PCs featuring voice synthesis hardware/software, Braille keyboard, enlarged-display software for low-vision students, and voice-recognition software for keyboarding alternative; an Apple Power Macintosh with enlarged display, voice recognition synthesis software; an Arkenstone text scanner/reader; a Hewlett-Packard text scanner; and a Bookmaker Braille printer.

Enlarged-print software is available for low-vision students on all Windows NT workstations 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 Windows NT machines. All computing labs with Macintosh PCs feature facilities for file conversion.

Source: Computing and Information Services, August 1998.

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