Computing Labs

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The Computing and Information Sciences department has four public computing labs, the robotics lab, a lab for Ph.D. students, and multiple research groups with labs, and a server laboratory. All of these facilities are housed in Nichols Hall. In addition to these facilities, Computing and Network Services (CNS) also has a public computing lab.

Public Laboratories

Last update: March 13, 2015

Lab # of Machines Operating Systems Description
N016 8 Windows 7 GTA Room with 8 general purpose computers and a public printer
N021 41 Windows/Linux This classroom and lab contains 40 Dell Wyse D50D thin clients, plus one for an instructor. The CIS department uses this lab for some of our courses including CIS 101, 102, and 103. These machines present 3 login choices, CIS Windows (a connection to the CIS Windows Terminal server using a CIS Login and Password), eID Windows (a connection to a CTS Windows terminal Server using an eID and password) and CIS Linux (an XDMCP session to the cislinux shell server using a CIS Login and password)
N022 16 Windows 7 This a general-purpose Windows lab. These machines have various hardware configurations.
N122 20 Windows 7 These machines have been customized for graphics and gaming courses. They are Intel Core i7, 16GB Ram each
N126 8 Windows 7 This a general-purpose Windows lab and classroom.
N128 17 Linux This is our Linux laboratory. The machines are Intel i5 2500-K (3.30 GHz, 4-core) PCs with 8GB RAM running Ubuntu Linux.

Data Center

The CIS Data Center houses a large number of administrative servers, student and faculty servers, and BeoCat, our high performance computing cluster.

Last update: August 17, 2011

Hostname Aliases OS Shell Access Services Description
F/S [1] St [2]
aspen Linux No No Ganeti VM Cluster This server provides Ganeti services for systems use. Several servers used by the department are hosted here as virtual machines.
barracuda selfserv Linux No No SELFSERV This is the SelfServ server.
blazer awstats Linux No No Provides analysis of traffic on the department web server using awstats.
cherokee Linux No No Ganeti VM Cluster This server provides Ganeti services for systems use. Several servers used by the department are hosted here as virtual machines.
chieftain projects Linux No No gForge This is the department's project management server. It is currently running gForge AS 5.71.
coronado file server Linux No No NFS, DRDB The department fileserver. THis can be access at files.cis.ksu.edu
conquest mail smtp imap pop Linux No No SMTP IMAP POP This is the department's internal mail server. This serves mail only for internal routing and long-term archival.
cougar cislinux Linux Yes yes ssh Public-access shell server, available to all CIS users
crossfire Linux Yes Yes [3] VMware The purpose of this server is to provide VMware services required by some classes, such as Cybersecurity for testing and other experimentation.
desoto mirror Linux No No Local Ubuntu mirror host. Updated every 4 hrs.
durango Linux No No Ganeti VM Cluster This server provides Ganeti services for systems use. Several servers used by the department are hosted here as virtual machines.
falcon cups Linux No No CUPS This is the Linux print server. All Linux computers send print jobs to this system.
firebird dhcp Linux No No DHCP Department DHCP server. Any machine that plugs into the physical network will get assigned an address from this server.
grant.w2k Windows 2003 No No DeepFreeze This server is used for the management of the DeepFreeze security software that is used by Windows lab workstations.
hawk phpmyadmin Linux No No PHPMyAdmin Web interface for CIS users to interact with their MySQL databases.
javelin dns-2 Linux No No DNS Secondary DNS server for the department.
journey mysql Linux No No MySQL This machine is the MySQL server allowing TCP connections from any host on the K-State network
kennedy.w2k connect Windows 2003 No No Adobe Connect Pro Used for remote collaboration, including meetings, classes, etc.
lincoln.w2k Windows 2003 No No Active Directory This is the department's secondary authentication server. It provides failover auth services to both Windows and Linux workstations
polara people Linux No No Apache This is the webserver for individuals (students, faculty, and staff) and research groups such as Santos, MACR, KDD, ACM, and various projects.
solstice dns-1 Linux No No DNS This server provides primary DNS for the department.
sunfire support Linux No No Department support wiki.
torino PXE Linux No No PXE This is the departmetn PXE server to install images over the network
vanburen.w2k Windows 2003 No No WTS This is the Window Terminal Server used by the thin clients in the N16 classroom lab.
viper cislinux Linux Yes yes ssh Public-access shell server, available to all CIS users
washington.w2k Windows 2003 No No Active Directory This is the department's primary authentication server. It provides auth services to both Windows and Linux workstations
wildfire www Linux No No Apache Primary webserver for the department.
[1] F/S: General faculty and staff are permitted to access this machine directly. If neither faculty/staff nor students are permitted, the machine is only accessible by the systems staff.
[2] St: Students are permitted to access this machine directly.
[3] Only students currently enrolled in a course or active on a project requiring access to VMware will be granted access to this server.

BeoCat Computing Cluster

BeoCat is the name of K-State's beowulf cluster. This cluster contains over 100 nodes contributed by Computing and Information Sciences, Physics, and other departments. Contact [Dr. Daniel Andresen] if you would like additional information concerning these systems. The official BeoCat page can be found [here].

Robotics Laboratory

The laboratory in Nichols 24 houses a number of robots, support workstations, and laptops. This lab is heavily used by the Software Engineering Project courses for presentations and other projects.