Each of the program areas provides computing resources suited to its own requirements. In addition, the department has an investment in FSU’s High-Performance Computing cluster (HPC), which supplies much of our modeling, simulation, and visualization needs. Faculty and graduate students may request owner-based accounts at the HPC by following the links from their website.
Resources for Home Computing
If you want to log in to departmental computers from a remote location, there are several options available. If you only need shell access to your home directory in the department, then a simple Secure SHell (SSH) client is all that’s required. Most Linux/Unix distributions will probably have a secure shell client installed already. For Windows, PuTTY is probably what you want. For Mac, Apple provides builtin support via the Terminal application found under utilities or try iTerm if you want more features.
To do more processing on your own computer at home without having to to log in to departmental computers, you can download software available for free. What you need to download depends on your platform. For Mac users, many utilities have already been ported to run natively. You’ll find many packages available through MacPorts, Fink, and Homebrew.
For Windows users, the Cygwin project provides many useful utilities, including an X-window server, SSH, and even Fortran compilers. Find Cygwin at cygwin.com. Download the setup.exe program and follow the installation instructions found on the website. Cygwin’s setup program is a package manager, and you run it whenever you want to install or remove programs or features. To install the SSH client, run the Cygwin setup program, search for the “openssh” package, and select it. To install a Fortran compiler, select the “gcc4-fortran” package. Some packages depend on other packages, so when you select one of these options, several other packages may be downloaded and installed as well.
If you want to install an X-Window environment for running graphical packages from a remote site, you should read the documentation and installation instructions on the Cygwin/X site which has much more complete information.