for faculty and graduate students
Departmental computers for the
use of faculty members and graduate students are housed in N604. The Department
has dedicated servers (Pascal and Vector), and some machines specialized for
research use (fisher and dataminer). Before using any of these facilities for
the first time, please contact the Systems Administrator, x66236. Faculty
members who experience any defects should immediately report to the Systems
Administrator or to Anna Cavaliere such problems. Requests for new equipment are
directed to the Departmental Computer Coordinator, Gene Denzel (N615,
and discussed by the Computer Users Committee.
Staff members who experience
any problems with the York Card should report immediately to Anna Cavaliere who
will get in touch with Academic Technology Support Group (ATSG).
for Undergraduate Teaching
The departmental facility for
undergraduate teaching is the Gauss Lab (also known as the Senior Computer Lab)
in S110 and serves upper-level undergraduate courses for
Mathematics/Statistics/Applied Math/ITEC students. Students and faculty need a
YorkCard for access to this lab, which has been equipped with high-end pentium
machines running Windows 98 (and X‑terminal software). The machines
will have local versions of SPLUS, MAPLE, and MSOffice, plus X‑access to
various servers (Gauss, Pascal, phoenix).
The Gauss Lab currently has 70
PIII/600s and can be used as a teaching facility. To book the Gauss Lab, please
see the binder under the counter of the main office.
In order to use the lab, your
students will need both YORKARTS (Novell) logins and possibly GAUSS (Unix)
logins. For this to be as painless as possible, please let Louis know the
relevant course numbers ASAP, and as early as possible before the start of the
semester. He will thus be able to arrange for your students to be able to create
their accounts automatically through MAYA and for the their YorkCards to be
automatically eligible for door access. A reminder will likely be sent out some
time in August: please do not
ignore it, as it is currently impossible to add whole groups to the YorkCard
database once the initial grouping has been sent: further additions have to be
done individually through ATSG, and this tends to cause a lot of problems for
the students involved. Rest assured that, as the instructor, you will be the one
hearing the question “How do I get my card enabled?” the most, too ...
so it is definitely best to act early!
If you yourself wish to have a
YORKARTS (Novell) account, please see Anna Cavaliere. For a Gauss (Unix)
account, please see Louis Raphael-Beliveau. For more information on how to get YorkCards
enabled, see http://www.math.yorku.ca/yorkcard.html.
The Gauss Lab home page at http://www.math.yorku.ca/Gauss is also a useful resource.
Among central computing
facilities offered on campus for undergraduate teaching are a general email
server, a cluster of unix servers for academic computing (including SAS, SPLUS,
MAPLE, and the usual compilers), some science-related labs in Petrie and Steacie
(Maxwell and Jupiter) which can be used for applied mathematics, and an
assortment of general purpose microcomputer laboratories housed in the Steacie
Science Building. The latter are all networked to the same server, named
ACADLABS, which contains software that is used by many courses; in particular,
it has SPSS, SAS, MAPLE, GEOMETER'S SKETCHPAD, MSOFFICE. The equipment in the
labs is as follows (although it is regularly being upgraded):
107A 36 workstations (a mix of new mac’s and pc’s)
107B 36 workstations (high-end windows machines)
These two labs are teaching
labs and can be booked by sending email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
128 37 workstations (6 Dell Pentium 133; 29 486DEC LPWin95)
014 75 workstations (19 Dell Pentium 133; 31 486DEC LP/486DEC LPv+/486
Micro ExpressWin95; 20 Mac SE, 5 Mac 6100MacOS 7.1)
Note: that the low end of these
machines is regularly replaced by a cascading process.
The labs are all open 24 hours
a day and you do not need a card to access them, but you do need a Steacie Labs
ACADLABS account (you can use MAYA to activate one). Instructors who wish to
incorporate a computer component into their courses should arrange to obtain a
personal account on the ACADLABS server from Computing and Communications
Services (CNS) (email@example.com).
If there is need for special software (or new versions of existing software) to
be available from the Steacie machines, this should be discussed with CNS Micro
Support well in advance of the start of the academic year.
It is also possible to arrange
for disk storage under the /courses directory for course-related material which
you want students to be able to access.
There are a growing number of
electronic mailing lists in the department to help you reach your audience
easily. For example, a message can be sent to all members of the department (at
least those who read electronic mail) by sending it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other lists include:
staff and academic administrators
members of the applied mathematics section
voting members of the department
department executive committee
graduate students in the department
provides a listing of jobs available in the areas of mathematics
members of the pure mathematics section
people with an interest in statistics (both in and out of the department)
email@example.com: is a listing of
all faculty members belonging to the Statistics section
people currently teaching in the department
currently teaching in the ITEC programme
Anyone can send a message to
one of these lists. You can have your name added to some lists by sending a
request to Susan, firstname.lastname@example.org, who will subscribe you
to the list you have stated.
If you have changed your email
address for any reason please inform Susan as well as Louis so lists can be
updated with accurate information.
Laser printers are available in
N604 for the use of faculty and graduate students. Please see Fruma, N520, for
paper. Currently, we are not charging any laser printer fees but this may change
in the near future.