Computing Lab

On the first floor of Crawford Hall (rm 165), the department maintains a computing laboratory for undergraduate education and research.  Because this lab was originally fitted with funds from a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant it is affectionately referred to as the ‘Hughes’ lab.  There are ten 27-inch iMacs in the lab this year (as opposed to our usual even split between Macintosh and Windows platforms) – as well as a printer and scanner. The laboratory is staffed by trained personnel and managed by Dr. Eric Polinko.  Please contact Cathy Barr to reserve the computer lab for your class.

Spring Term 2017

Monday 1-6
Tuesday 4-6
Wednesday 11-6
Thursday 12-6
Friday 11-2


In addition, outside of the department, the University maintains a large number of campus computing labs for student use. Timesharing access on unix and VMS systems is available to all students. Individual students, faculty, and staff can connect to the University's UNIX Timesharing Service using their University Computing Account username and password.   The UNIX Timesharing Service can be used to run specialty software applications that require a UNIX environment, to access your disk space on the Andrew File System (AFS), or to create a personal Web page.

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) is a joint project of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, together with Westinghouse Electric Company. It provides users with access to several of the most powerful systems for high-performance computing, communications and data-handling available to scientists and engineers nationwide for unclassified research. It was established in 1986 and is supported by several Federal agencies, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and private industry - and is a resource provider in the National Science Foundation TeraGrid program.