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Resources

Faculty Orientation

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BU Accounts

New employees of Boston University will have a BU login account created automatically, but new College users must run ENG WebNew to access College resources (e.g. files, room access).

An Engineering IT staff member must pre-approve all new faculty and staff webnew accounts, so please contact our office as soon as possible to facilitate account creation. Other accounts exist and for more information, see the link below:

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Email

Once ENG Webnew has been run your Exchange email account will be created automatically. Users can use Outlook, Thunderbird (or other IMAP clients) or Mac Mail to view their email. There is also a web front end that can be accessed through any internet browser, http://xmail.bu.edu.

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File Storage

The College provides network file storage for courses, research, administration, and/or personal data. Every ENG affiliated person automatically receives 10GB of personal space (X drive or home directory). Professors and researchers should contact ENGIT to setup storage space for course-related and research-related materials. Professors/Researchers are provided up to 1 TB of free, fast, reliable, backed up storage. ENGIT will work with research groups on purchasing additional storage is the group requires more 1 TB of storage. ENG file storage can be accessed from Linux, Macs and Windows machines.

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High Performance Computing

Several services are available for high-performance computation. Faculty considering purchasing their own HPC equipment may find that these IT-supported resources may meet their needs, or if not, they may join their own equipment to the Engineering Grid to take advantage of both their own and the publicly available resources simultaneously.

Engineering Grid (ENG-Grid)

The Engineering Grid consists of approximately 500 processor cores and 32 high-end GPUs, and it continues to grow. All nodes are currently running BU Linux (based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux), but the scheduler (Grid Engine) has the ability to support other operating systems as well. Software available includes all GPL software available in the BU/CentOS Linux distributions, licensed mathematics and statistics software installed on AFS, as well as additional software installed on the College of Engineering file store . The ENG-Grid is organized into various public and private queues across campus, and is integrated with users' normal AD/Kerberos usernames and file space. Public resources are available for immediate use by all. Please see these instructions to start using the Grid or these instructions to join your own resources to it.

Scientific Computing and Visualization Center

The Scientific Computing and Visualization Center runs additional compute clusters which require separate accounts. Resources include a 272-core BU Linux cluster running a separate instance of the Grid Engine scheduler, a 72-core IBM P-Series cluster running AIX with the LSF scheduler, and an IBM BlueGene-L. See http://scv.bu.edu to apply.

Massively-Parallel Jobs

For massively-parallel jobs spanning thousands or tens of thousands of nodes, ENG and SCV can help facilitate applications for larger-scale resources such as TeraGrid.

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Software

BU Site Licensed Software

Here you will find access to a variety of free software, as well as commercial software licensed to all or part of the University. Please visit the site for complete usage details as some licensing considerations may need to be taken. The software at this site includes, but is not limited to:

Additionally, BU has some mathematical and scientific software site-licensed: www.bu.edu/tech/desktop/site-licensed-software/mathsci/. Many packages are are offered through the AFS server on campus (OIT application server). Some of the software packages offered through AFS to BU Linux machines are:

  • Maple | 9 concurrent licenses; one standalone

  • Mathematica | Site license

  • MATLAB | 500 concurrent network licenses and 40+ toolboxes

ENG College-Wide Software

The software listed below is available to anyone in the College without the purchase of a license. Most other software including but not limited to Microsoft and Adobe software packages need to be purchased through University Computers (see above). Please contact ENGIT at enghelp@bu.edu to get additional information on installation options.

ENG Departmental Software

Within each department and for various labs additional software has been purchased. Please contact ENG IT for any questions regarding departmental and lab software.

  • Abaqus | 4 floating licenses, 1 processing license (certain installation restrictions apply)

  • Comsol Multiphysics | 90 Class-Kit licenses, 4 Floating licenses (certain installation restrictions apply)

  • SolidWorks/COSMOS | College-wide Education site license

  • Pro/ENGINEER | College-wide site license

  • Labview | certain installation restrictions apply

Purchasing Software

Department faculty and staff may purchase Adobe products at substantial savings through the IT Help Center. These items may be purchased with an approved requisition. For a complete list of software please visit: http://www.bu.edu/tech/desktop/purchase/departmental/.

If software is required which is not listed above please contact ENGIT before purchasing.

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Additional Needs

Connecting to the Network

Most offices and labs have one ethernet port active per four-port wall panel, and computers set to DHCP ("automatically get an IP address") will simply plug in and work. Wireless networking is available as well. To activate more ports or to request a static IP address, or for info on how to use the wireless access points, please see http://www.bu.edu/tech/infrastructure/networks. Please note that private routers are not permitted on the BU network.

Room Access | Zaius

To request access to an ENG lab or room, use the Zaius system.

Websites

Request a website to be hosted by BU Information Services & Technology (IS&T).

Wikis

Request a MediaWiki from IS&T.

Server Deployment

If your research requires a server or service of any kind please contact ENGIT to discuss what specific servers ENG already has running for college use. In many cases, the services a research group requires can be satisfied by an existing college-wide or university-wide service.

Backups

If you require data to be backed up the most efficient solution would be to store the data on the College's file storage system which is already backed up, please see #3 above.

Telecommunication Needs

Telecommunications is managed centrally by IS&T. For setup/services information please use the links below: