The Central Computing System mostly comprises about 150 dual-boot machines (they can be Linux or Windows), though some are Linux-only or Windows-only. Some of these machines can be used by students without them needing to be on-site. See our Offsite/Remote Access page.
- The Linux service has standard packages included as part of the Linux distribution (CentOS 7), plus the following major packages used for teaching: Intel FORTRAN, Matlab, Mentor, Abaqus
- For a list of programs on Windows, see the Software on Windows list
Python is the main programming language taught. The Part 1 students are also introduced to Matlab/Octave and C/C++. Setting coursework that requires students to use other languages is not recommended unless the students are well prepared. The Languages page lists available programming languages.
All students are introduced to Solidworks.
The Central Linux System has LaTeX and LibreOffice for document preparation. Many (though not all) students have access to PCs and Macs in their colleges. The University supply Word and Matlab (with all the toolboxes).
- ‘start’ set-ups – The start facility on our Linux machines provides an easy way to run computer-based sessions. Files can be copied, menus set up and applications started to suit your course. See The “start” command on linux for information about how to set the facility up. A feedback icon can be provided as part of the Linux start set-up
to give users an easy way to offer feedback via our Fast Feedback Facility.
- Booking Sheets for lab/marking sessions – Noticeboards like those for IIA experiments in the EIElab can be replaced by web pages. See the CUEDle page.
- To advertise or look for demonstrators, use the Demonstrator marketplace
In order to avoid timetable clashes and unexpected loading on the computer system, a booking system exists for those running computer-based courses during term time – see View/Request DPO computer bookings
To request installation of software, use the online form specifying requirements for each paper/module/coursework
The point of contact for licensing issues is the helpdesk.
See the Staff Information