System Resources

See HMC's CIS Documentation on all the computing resources available at Mudd.

Hardware and Software

The Computer Science Department houses many different kinds of computers:
  • Our main server, knuth, is an 64-core system with 512 GB of RAM. The machine runs Gentoo Linux. This machine provides general computing services for the department
  • Several additional servers running Gentoo Linux, used for web hosting, databases, DNS, and other services. Several machines are dedicated to classes with special hardware requirements.
  • The Charles F. Parker Computer Systems Laboratory (also referred to as the Hot Air Lab) and the Fletcher Jones Graphics Laboratory (also known as the Birch Lab) contain iMacs and Mac minis running macOS. These labs are used for teaching classes and can also be used by students anytime, day or night.
  • The Pair Programming Laboratory (aka the Rock Lab) also contains Mac minis but each has two monitors, two keyboards, and two mice. They're set up so that each can be used by a pair of students working together to complete an assignment.
  • Apple Xserve servers provide LDAP directory services and print queues.
  • Clinic teams are provided with one computer per team member. Student research projects often make use of these machines during the summer.
  • The main CS department printers for student use are gute and berg, which are HP laser printers located in the main two labs. In addition, there is a printer on the second floor of Sprague for clinic use and several printers in the CS department workroom.
  • Library

    The Computer Science Department maintains an extensive library of computing materials for reference use by students, faculty, and staff. This library includes such materials as handbooks, periodicals, videos and software manuals. There are many books on different programming languages like perl, C, C++, ruby, python, LaTeX, PostScript, and UNIX shell programming which may all be borrowed for personal use.

    Physical Space

    The Computer Science Department is housed in the Olin, Beckman, and Sprague buildings on the Harvey Mudd College campus.

    Beckman Hall contains the labs, research space, server room, and the course coordinator's office.

    The faculty offices and other staff offices are in the F. W. Olin Science Center, along with the department office and workroom. Most offices are on the ground floor but a few are at the north end of the basement.

    Clinic teams and other research projects have their workspaces on the second floor of Sprague but entry is restricted to authorized persons. A conference room is also located on this floor. The labs and workrooms provide students and staff with a comfortable place to work or meet without interruption.