Computing Announcements

Changing Department Password (NOT UCSBNetID)

Now that we are using a more robust authentication system for our department we are finally able to offer you the ability to change your own department-wide account password. The department account I'm refering to is the one that you were assigned when you first started in this deparment. The department account gives you access to our compute servers, clusters and our wireless access on the 5th floor. To change your password click HERE

*We put some requirements on changing your new password to avoid simple and easily guessed passwords:

Password requirements: Minimum of 8 characters. At least 1 english uppercase character (A-Z), 1 english lowercase character (a-z), 1 Base 10 digit (0-9) and 1 special character (ie., !, $, #, %)

Remote Application Server (RAS)

Utilizing VMware, Windows server and Parallels RAS software we've added a new research cluster. This cluster utilizes virtualized GUI statistical software like: R, Matlab and SAS to do research. All running jobs are load balanced over the entire cluster giving your jobs peak performance. You can easily start a job on your office computer then disconnect leave and at anytime reconnect to the existing running job from either another computer, laptop, tablet or even from your phone.  Running these applications requires specialized accounts on the cluster, to request one for yourself please click HERE. To request access for a group please have each member of the group make an individual request and put in the project title field, your group project name.

RAS Client Software:

Make sure to download the RAS client software for either Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Chrome or Windows Phone. This is required to optimize your virtualized application performance.