CoE Computing Lab Hardware

As of Fall 2020 semester, student computing lab spaces we support offer the following general hardware specs:

Lab seat counts have been updated for social distancing

Lab 1: WEB L224
40 20 machines
Red Hat Enterprise Server 7.8 with the 3.10 kernel
Intel Core i7-4790 CPU @ 3.60GHz
32GB RAM
GeForce GTX 970 with 4GB memory
240GB SSD

Lab 2: WEB L224
35 18 machines
Red Hat Enterprise Server 7.8 with the 3.10 kernel
Intel Core i7-4790 CPU @ 3.60GHz
32GB RAM
GeForce GTX 770 with 4GB memory
240GB SSD

Lab 3: (lab zero): WEB L224 Out of order for Fall ’20
30 machines
Windows 10
VMware VDI thin clients with Nvidia

Lab 4: WEB L208
24 12 Machines
Windows 10
Intel Core i7-4790 @ 3.6GHz
16GB RAM
GeForce GTX 650
1TB HDD

Lab 5: WEB L210
91 46 Machines
Windows 10
Intel Core i7-7700 @ 3.6GHz
16GB RAM
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
1TB HDD with Intel Optane

Lab 6: WEB L130
20 Machines
Windows 10
Intel i7-4790 @ 3.6GHz
16GB RAM
GeForce GTX 750 Ti
1TB HDD

Lab 8: WEB L124 Moved to WEB L224 for Fall ’20
32 28 Machines
macOS Mojave 10.14
Intel Core i5-7500 @ 3.4GHz
24GB RAM
AMD Radeon Pro 570 with 4GB memory
500GB SSD

Lab 9: MEK 0670
47 Machines
Windows 10
Intel Core i7-4790 @ 3.6GHz
16GB RAM
Geforce GTX 650
1TB HDD

Linux HTML5 Desktops Now Available

CADE is proud to launch NoMachine Cloud Server for remote access to the Linux labs. We have 75 desktops available for use on-campus or off with no need to use a VPN. Simply point your web browser to nx.eng.utah.edu and log in using your CADE credentials.

As this is a new service, please let us know if you run into any issues.

Looking for Compute Servers?

As CADE no longer offers general use compute servers, we thought some may be interested in other on-campus options. A simple one to set up is through the Center for High Performance Computing (www.chpc.utah.edu). In addition, they’ve recently announced expanded service through a test/debug queue <https://www.chpc.utah.edu/news/latest_news/2019_mar/201903020.php>

“We have two new AMD processor (Epyc 7601)  based nodes now available as compute nodes on notchpeak.  Each node has 64 physical cores and 512GB of memory.

Instead of adding these nodes to the  general notchpeak partition, we are using them to explore having a “test or debug” queue, with a shorter maximum wall time.  We are doing this as we have had several requests for a test queue, and the arrival of these nodes has given us an opportunity to see if there will be sufficient usage of this queue.

In order to maximize throughput of short jobs, and provide access to all users, they have been placed in a separate partition, with node sharing enabled. In addition, the nodes are being run such that they will allow a load of twice the number of physical cores, again to maximize job throughput. 

Use of these nodes is limited:

·       Maximum wall time is 4 hours

·       Maximum jobs  in the queue per user is 10

·       Maximum running jobs per user is 2

·       Maximum cores per user is 32

·       Maximum memory per user is 128GB

To use set both the partition and the account to notchpeak-shared

As node sharing is being used – users MUST specify the  number of cores and the amount of memory – seehttps://www.chpc.utah.edu/documentation/software/node-sharing.php for additional details.

All users have been given access, and the usage of these two nodes will not use any general allocations.

Please report any questions or issues to helpdesk@chpc.utah.edu

CoE Domains available for UMail accounts

CADE intends to shut down our e-mail servers for POP and IMAP in August but want to give you all time to move your mail to another account and set up the appropriate aliases with uMail.

In preparation for phasing out the CoE e-mail servers, we have worked with UIT and the uMail team to make College domains available for all CoE faculty, staff and student e-mail addresses.
We can modify your uMail alias (typcically some form of your first, middle and last names and/or initials; Fac/Staff have more leeway than do students) and set your account with any of the following domains:

  • @bioen.utah.edu
  • @che.utah.edu
  • @civil.utah.edu
  • @coe.utah.edu
  • @ece.utah.edu
  • @eng.utah.edu
  • @mech.utah.edu
  • @mep.utah.edu
  • @mse.utah.edu

If you’re interested, send an e-mail to support@coe.utah.edu and give us the following information: Full name, uNID, desired alias, which CoE Domain extension you would like and if you’d like the new one set as the Primary alias/Reply-To, or leave it as currently set.

As part of this process, you may set or change your account via the uNID Tools page: https://unid.utah.edu/

MATLAB Research License Server

As announced earlier this month, the University of Utah has obtained a campus wide site license for MATLAB, Simulink, and 48 additional toolboxes.
This new campus wide license is being administered by the Office of Software Licensing (software.utah.edu).

If you use Matlab for research, you need to purchase Matlab through OSL (see link below) or you may use our research license server for Matlab that supports UP TO 2016A. There is no cost to use our server as the license has been paid for already.

One may download Matlab at https://uofu.box.com/v/mathworks for use on our Matlab Research license.

It you need anything newer than Matlab 2016A or different toolboxes, you must buy from OSL, otherwise download for free from: https://uofu.box.com/v/mathworks

The College will continue to maintain MATLAB Academic Teaching/Classroom licenses for the student computing facilities (CADE, Engman, MGK Mac and CS Undergrad labs, as well as Mech’s LaLonde Computer Center[MEK 0670]).

Students are able to purchase a single license through OSL which they can use on their personal or university owned computer. With this license they are allowed to use MATLAB for both classroom and academic research on 2 machines. The cost for the student license is $20 and will cover MATLAB, Simulink, and the 48 additional toolboxes.

Faculty and staff can either purchase a single license from OSL for $90 which they use on either personal or university computers (2 max.) or they can purchase concurrent licenses which can be used on multiple computers within a lab/research team.

Purchase Matlab here: https://software-store.utah.edu/uofu/misc/osl/detail.shop?productId=2499

More information can be found on the OSL website http://software.utah.edu/news/mathworks.php
And their FAQ page: http://software.utah.edu/faq/license/mwc/index.php

If you have specific questions on how the new license works, running concurrent licenses, etc. not found on the FAQ page, please contact the Office of Software Licensing (1.801.581.4000, software@utah.edu or bill.lutz@utah.edu).

CADE Linux Lab Upgrades

Lab 1 is home to 40 machines all running:
Intel Core i7-4790 CPU @ 3.60GHz
32GB DDR3 1600 MHz overclocked RAM
GeForce GTX 970 with 4GB memory
240GB Intel 540 Solid State Drive
Centos 7.2 Linux with the 3.10 kernel

Lab 2 is now home to 35 machiens all running:
Intel Core i7-4790 CPU @ 3.60GHz
32GB DDR3 1600 MHz overclocked RAM
GeForce GTX 770 with 4GB memory (Note: Lab1 have GTX 970)
240GB Intel 540 Solid State Drives
CentOS 7.2 Linux with the 3.10 kernel

Have a great school year.

MGK Mac Lab now using ActiveDirectory authentication

For the Fall 2016 semester, the MGK Mac Lab machines (lab8) moved to Active Directory authentication, replacing our LDAP setup. This transition should go unnoticed for most users; however, manual intervention may be required
for some user accounts.

Your password for the Windows and *nix (Linux and MacOS) machines were different (although you may have set them to the same characters), but now you log into the MacOS, Linux and Windows machines using your Windows/ActiveDirectory credentials.

If you are having trouble logging in, the first step should be resetting your password via the CoE User Tools – Password Reset page.

For any questions or problems regarding this change, please email us, or stop in to the Help Desk in WEB L210 or L224.

CADE E-Mail Changes

On Monday August 8, CADE’s email server will move to using Active Directory.
All email clients will need to be changed to use your main College of
Engineering password.

If you do not know your College of Engineering password, it can be set here.

The simplest method would be to select “Sync My Password”, which sets the
password to be the same as your CIS password.

If you have any questions, please feel free to send us an email at
opers@eng.utah.edu, or drop by the CADE Lab.

Power-outage killed compute2

Power to most of lower campus went out earlier today, and we’re sorry to report that compute2 failed to come back online.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience and hope to have a replacement in the not too distant future.