The University of Utah
Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Utah


Computing Services

The department has excellent in-house computing facilities supported by two staff members who work in conjunction with computing staff in the Mathematics department. For Unix users the department maintains several remotely accessible file servers and low-end compute servers. It provides a wide variety of research- and education-oriented software, e-mail service and a tape-supported backup facility. For Windows and MacOS users the department provides desktop support to department members as well as e-mail service and tape-supported backup. A large collection of software is also available through campus site license. A fiber-optic network connects our buildings and the rest of the campus with the Utah Educational Network and to the national Internet2 network.

The University facility in the Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) maintains a stable of state-of-the-art commodity clusters for high performance computing needs with expert consultants to assist campus users in high performance computing.

  Computing Personnel  
Wayne Springer
Computing Committee Chair
216 SP
Jay Norwood
PC Systems Administrator
304-E SP
(801) 503-5349
Brad Hawks
Unix Systems Administrator
304-B SP
(801) 585-5801
  Responsibilities: All aspects of departmental PC's,
both hardware & software.
Responsibilities: All aspects of computer networking;
computer accounts, email accounts.

Minimum Requirements for Connecting a Computer to the Network

Computers that require a static IP will need to meet items 1-6

1) Only PROFESSIONAL versions of operating system are acceptable. NOT home versions.
2) They must have the latest service packs, security patches, and updates.
3) They must have Anti-virus software with up to date signatures.
4) They must have a firewall enabled.
5) They must use password protected logins.
6) Administrator account is for IT personnel exclusive use.

Computers that do not require static IP (laptops, netbooks, tablets, etc) only need to meet steps 2-5

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