The UCLA Mathematics department maintains a large heterogeneous network of Windows and Linux computers. All offices in the department have at least one PC running either Windows or Linux, and a broad variety of application software is available. Both platforms can also be found in our public computer labs. Back-end fileservers provide storage for all users, and a Beowulf-style computing cluster is available for intensive computation.
The Mathematics Computing Group (MCG) is available to answer questions and to assist with all types of computing issues. The MCG maintains the Mathematics Computer Consulting Office (MCCO) in room MS 6121, which for historical reasons is called “The Bugs Office”. A consultant is on duty weekdays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
For prompt assistance, your best bet is to report problems by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to be specific about the problem, and include the machine name, the time, and any error messages. Drop-in consulting is available in MS 6121 daily from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and again from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (drop-in hours are 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM when classes are not in session). Here is the current bugs manager schedule:
The Mathematics department expects everyone to use computer resources prudently and legally. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the campus and UC acceptable use policies for computing, which can be found at http://www.bol.ucla.edu/policies.
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