Our Facilities

This is a brief introduction and highlight to a broad range of computing facilities and equipment available in SoC to support our staff and students. You can find out more details at the end of this introduction.

Servers

SoC provides multi-tiered file storage, web, printing, email and computation services to its staff and student users. These services run on diverse hardware platforms ranging from Intel-based 1U servers to the enterprise level UltraSparc servers.

Our hardware comprise six Sunfire T6320 blades, one Sunfire T3 blade, two Sun M3000 servers, four Sun T2000 servers, one T5240 server, a 100+ node Linux-based Compute Cluster and a host of other Intel and AMD64-based machines running either Solaris or Linux.

SoC users log onto the T6320 blades for their Unix-based general computing needs. All other services can be accessed from these hosts. Students and staff can run compute intensive jobs on a Linux based compute cluster of more than 100 32-bit and 64-bit Intel/AMD nodes.

Personal Computers

SoC has many personal computers (mainly running Windows XP, with some Vista and Win7), located in various laboratories and offices. Most PCs use the campus-wide NUSNET-IV local area network and need authentication based on Windows technology.

The School operates about 16 Windows servers some of which are domain controllers of the "computing" domain. The Windows servers provides such services as: staff and student NUSNET file and print services, Windows-based web server for student projects and research and other student and administrative services.

The School also offers virtual machines (VMs) to staff and students for teaching and research purposes.

In addition to these common resources, individual research labs and research projects also have their own computing facilities for research purposes.

Network

SoC operates a high-speed fully switched network connecting over 3000 computers at Gigabit Ethernet speeds. Ten Gigabit Ethernet is used in the network core, connections to Computer Room, other parts of NUS campus and the Internet. The network provides access to resources and services not only in SoC but also to those provided by Computer Centre.

SoC and NUS campus networks enjoy high-speed Internet access, providing quick and convenient access to global information resources. A VPN gateway provides secure remote access to our network. Mobile computing on campus is a breeze thanks to pervasive Wireless LAN access and convenient wired Ethernet connections for plug-and-play network access.

Student Laboratories

SoC has several teaching laboratories which supplement classroom teaching. These laboratories include: Graphics Lab, Media Lab, Data Communication and Networking Lab, Operating System Lab, Embedded Systems Lab, Computation Labs and Programming Labs.

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