Dept of Computer Science

Technical Staff

Which machines can I use?

Last updated: January 16th, 2015 10:52 AM

Several UNIX machines are available as the department's general use compute servers.

SPARC/Solaris Systems

HostnameModelProcessorsMemoryOS Rev
blitzSun Enterprise 450Dual 300MHz UltraSPARC IIs512MB RAMSolaris 9
hydraSun Enterprise 4500Ten 250MHz UltraSPARC IIs2.5GB RAMSolaris 10

The Elements Cluster
For linux, please connect to elements.cs.pitt.edu.  This will connect you to to one of the multi-processor servers in the elements cluster. The machines in the cluster are:

HostnameProcessorsMemoryArchitectureOS RevKernel
antimonyDual Dual-Core 3.8GHz Xeons12GB RAM32-bit LinuxCentOS 6.52.6
arsenicDual Dual-Core 3.8GHz Xeons12GB RAM64-bit LinuxCentOS 6.52.6
aluminumDual Quad-Core 2.33GHz Xeons16GB RAM64-bit LinuxCentOS 6.52.6
seleniumDual Quad-Core 2.33GHz Xeons16GB RAM64-bit LinuxCentOS 6.52.6
hydrogenDual Dual-Core 3.6GHz Xeons12GB RAM64-bit LinuxCentOS 6.52.6
oxygenDual Dual-Core 3.6GHz Xeons12GB RAM64-bit LinuxCentOS 6.52.6
nitrogenDual Dual-Core 3.6GHz Xeons12GB RAM64-bit LinuxCentOS 6.52.6
rheniumDual Hyper-Threaded Quad-Core 2.93GHz Xeons96GB RAM64-bit LinuxCentOS 5.52.6
nickelDual Hyper-Threaded Six-Core 3.33GHz Xeons96GB RAM64-bit LinuxCentOS 5.52.6
neodymiumDual Hyper-Threaded Six-Core 3.33GHz Xeons96GB RAM64-bit LinuxCentOS 5.52.6
neptuniumDual Hyper-Threaded Six-Core 3.33GHz Xeons96GB RAM64-bit LinuxCentOS 5.52.6
germaniumDual Hyper-Threaded Eight-Core 2.3GHz Xeons128GB RAM64-bit LinuxCentOS 6.42.6

The Maté Cluster
The department operates a cluster of 16 SunFire X2100 compute servers, each with dual 2.4GHz 64-bit AMD Opteron processors and 4GB RAM. This cluster runs the Condor and Hadoop distributed processing managers and on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4. The control machine for this cluster is s1.mate.cs.pitt.edu. This cluster can be accessed using your departmental computer account and without prior authorization.

The 6110 Classroom
The 38 machines in the 6110 Sennott Square classroom are dual-boot Windows and Linux. They run Windows from 8:00 AM until 10:00 PM, Monday through Friday and run Linux at all other times. Host names are pc6110-{seat-name}.cs.pitt.edu. The {seat-name} portion can be a1-a9, b1-b9, c1-c7, d1-d8 or e1-e5.

PlanetLab
PlanetLab is a distributed network testbed spanning over 450 sites with more than 1,000 nodes around the globe. The main goal of the testbed is to encourage the development and deployment of innovative network services utilizing geographically dispersed points of presence around the world. Thousands of researchers from top academic institutions and industrial labs actively use PlanetLab to develop Internet-scale distributed storage, P2P systems, distributed hash tables, query processing and so on.

The University of Pittsburgh is a proud member of PlanetLab and currently contributes two nodes to the testbed. In order to use the testbed, one needs to sign up for a user account and ask the site PI Alex Labrinidis) to approve and create a slice. More information can be found at the PlanetLab homepage: http://www.planet-lab.org

Computing Labs
There are also 2 computing labs available for your use.  The Link-to-Learn lab in room 5712 and the Moyé Lab in room 5806 have PCs running Windows and can, in addition, be used to connect to the UNIX compute servers mentioned above.