Computers are most relevant tools in teaching and research at IIS. Examples are design of integrated circuits, simulation of circuits, devices and technologies for nano-electronics, optoelectronics and microsystems, development of application software, and information transfer.
Besides optimal reliability and uncompromising performance, homogeneity of the computing environment and user friendliness are also important. To meet these goals, the computing environment uses the operating system Unix (Solaris, Linux), networking with TCP/IP and NFS, the X-Window System, and the programming language C++, and Fortran 90/95. Besides the Unix machines in the scientific and technical area, Macintosh computers are widely applied for administration and presentation tasks.
A Windows 2003 terminal server for mainly office applications is also provided. Several PCs are installed for controlling measurement equipment, for lab classes, and for other special applications.
Since the teaching and research activities span many areas, computer systems of various vendors are utilized. They range from file servers to standard workstations, compute servers, and workstations with specialized dedicated hardware. The file systems of all computers are assembled via NFS into what appears to the user as a single file system. The networking of IIS computers and external computers is based on switched Gigabit Ethernet, and on the TCP/IP protocol. Important applications in the techni cal area are EDA (Modelsim, Synopsys, Cadence, Protel, Mentor Graphics), TCAD (Synopsys), as well as publishing and office applications on Macintosh computers.
The computing equipment of IIS counts three Unix servers, 66 Unix workstations, 21 Macintosh computers, 18 PCs and furthermore 47 powerful shared-memory compute servers including AMD Opteron and Intel Xeon based Linux clusters for physical simulations. The detailed configuration of computers at the Institute for Integrated Systems, the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (D-ITET), and the high-power and parallel computing facilities of CSCS (The Swiss Center for Scientific Computing in Manno/Ticino) is shown below.
Computer System Administration
|Coordination, Unix, Network, Web, Mac||
|Unix, Windows, Network, Web||