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Faculty Computing Resources

This is a generalized list of unique computing resources provided to Computer Science faculty by the department.

General

  • @cs.vt.edu email address
    • To get started using your @cs.vt.edu email address: Make sure you have a CS account (https://admin.cs.vt.edu). You can either read your email directly using IMAP, https://webmail.cs.vt.edu, or text based through pine on ap1. You can also forward to another email address if wanted. Read Doc::Email to find out more.
  • Software
    • The department has access to several site licensed software packages including most all Microsoft products. You can find out more and find links to download the software at https://software.cs.vt.edu
  • Remote login server
    • Linux based server with SSH enabled and development tools. Dedicated for faculty use. To get started SSH to ap1.cs.vt.edu.
  • Printing
    • There are two shared printers in the Knowledgeworks building. One is a color laser printer and the other is a high volume copier/printer. To get started with printing see Printing There is also a poster printer that is run and maintained by the technical staff, to find out more about printing a poster contact techstaff@cs.vt.edu.
  • Computer Science Intranet
    • https://admin.cs.vt.edu Allows you to create your CS account and change your CS account settings, access forms, change course/research website settings, and more.
  • Personal website
    • http://people.cs.vt.edu/username Your personal website space hosted on apache 2 with php, mysql, perl and python support. To get started, SSH to ap1.cs.vt.edu and access the space at /web/people/username.
  • Wiki
    • A mediawiki instance is available for faculty use at http://wiki.cs.vt.edu Also has how-to and documentation for Computer Science resources.
  • CVS system
    • A subversion instance is available to faculty for teaching or research at https://cvs.cs.vt.edu To get started using the cvs, contact techstaff@cs.vt.edu.
  • Wordpress
    • We have a shared wordpress instance. Allows you to have a wordpress site without having to set up and maintain a wordpress instance. To get started: http://wordpress.cs.vt.edu/create .
  • Backups
    • A backup system based on rsync is available. Capable of running daily backups of Windows, Linux, or Mac desktops or any device that can run rsync. To create a backup contact techstaff@cs.vt.edu or read more here CS Backups.
  • Support
    • The technical staff is available for general computing support, just contact techstaff@cs.vt.edu.

Research

  • Virtual Servers
  • Backups
    • We have a rsync based backup system dedicated to research. To get started using the research backups email techstaff@cs.vt.edu.
  • Website space
    • You can host a research related website on http://research.cs.vt.edu It is hosted on apache 2 with php, mysql, perl, and python support. To get started email techstaff@cs.vt.edu.

Teaching

  • Rlogin cluster
    • Multi-node remote login system to provide a consistent development environment dedicated to instructional use. Available to faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. To find out more: http://rlogin.cs.vt.edu . To get started, SSH to rlogin.cs.vt.edu.
  • Ironclaw cluster
    • GPU teaching resource available via remote login. This system was designed to provide a GPU development environment dedicated to instructional use. Available to faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. ironclaw1 & 2 include NVidia GPUs. ironclaw3 & 4 have AMD GPUs.
  • Moodle
    • (This service is no longer maintained, you should consider moving to Canvas https://canvas.vt.edu) http://moodle.cs.vt.edu Computer Science runs an instance of Moodle for teaching. Post syllabi, documents, calender events, discussion forums, file downloads, and more. To find out more, contact stedwar2@cs.vt.edu.
  • Course Website
    • You can host a course related website on http://courses.cs.vt.edu It is hosted on apache 2 with php, mysql, perl, and python support. To get started email techstaff@cs.vt.edu.
  • Discussion Forums
    • http://forum.cs.vt.edu Allow students to discuss class related topics or post announcements to your class. To get started email techstaff@cs.vt.edu.
  • (beta) IaaS
    • Infrastructure as a Service instance based on OpenStack is available and dedicated to teaching. Allows you to create, modify, and destroy virtual machines on the fly. Can be used to create short term course servers or customized installs for teaching. To get started email techstaff@cs.vt.edu.