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Fall Quarter 2016 Announcements (work in progress)

Technology Purchases

ICS Computing Support can help clarify solutions, identify resources that are already available to you, and put you in touch with vendors that offer reduced pricing on some software and hardware, so please check with us before making technology purchases.

Instructional Lab Updates

Keeping Instructional Labs Clean

Instructors, please urge your TAs to enforce the “NO FOOD or DRINKS” rule in the Instructional Labs. The care for the labs is everyone's responsibility.

There are brand new chairs and desks in the first floor labs. The carpets were replaced, and the walls were painted last summer. Please make sure that your TAs and especially your students understand that we are all caretakers of this space. How we leave these labs to the next crop of students reflects on all of us. Everyone is encouraged to contact their TA, the lab attendant in CS 364 at x47553, or Computing Support at x44222 to report lab rule violations.

Openlab Changes

  • Added 40 more 8-core HP Proliant 360 G5's with 32GB RAM
  • Upgraded to CentOS 7 for Fall quarter
  • Consolidated openlab.q with no time limits

More information on the Openlab Cluster

More information on using Son of Grid Engine Queueing System (SGE)

Undergraduate Scratch Space

Two (2) TB of space on the Bren School's filer have been set aside for undergraduate instruction scratch space. The space is available to both Windows (smb) and ICS-supported Linux (nfs) clients.

From a Windows host, please use the smb path \\\ugrad_space and enter your ICS credentials when prompted.

From an ICS-supported Linux host, the space may be accessed by this path: /auto/ugrad_space.

ICS Supported Operating Systems

On qualifying hardware, ICS Computing Support can run the following operating systems with varying service levels.

Please see our supported operating systems swiki page for full descriptions.

Operating System Type of Support
CentOS 7 Full Support
CentOS 7 NFS Server Appliance Only
Red Hat Linux 7 Full Support
CentOS 6 Full Support
Windows 10 Full Support
Ubuntu 14.04 Limited Support
Ubuntu 16.04 To Be Announced
OmniOS Appliance Only
Cisco IOS Appliance Only
Netapp COT8 Appliance Only

GitLab: Git Repository Management @ ICS

ICS Computing Support has a Gitlab website available for ICS researchers and students. Gitlab is a web front-end to your Git repositories and is remarkably similar to the popular Github.

  • Users can login using their ICS username and password
  • Accounts may be requested for non-ICS users
  • Users may start projects and add other ICS users to them as needed

For more information on Gitlab, please visit

Linux Software Updates

The following packages have been installed or updated in the ICS package library.

  • R 3.2.5
  • R 3.3.1
  • altera modelsim/15.1
  • boost 1.61
  • gcc 5.4.0
  • gcc 5.2.0
  • java 1.8.0_91
  • java 1.8.0_101
  • java 1.8.0_102
  • mathematica 10.4.1
  • mathematica 11.0.0
  • matlab
  • mysql 5.7.15
  • python 3.3.3
  • python 3.3.5
  • python 2.7.12
  • python 3.5.2
  • sas 9.4
  • zlib 1.2.8
  • zlib 1.2.5
  • pcre 8.39
  • bzip2 1.0.6
  • xz 5.2.2
  • curl 7.49.1

Please visit the Modules swiki page for more information about adding these to your environment.

Cloud Computing and Virtual Machines

ICS Computing Support offers several virtual computing environments. Please see Virtual Environments.

Cloud Environments

ICS Computing Support can help you set up and design your cloud cluster. ICS environments can be extended to the cloud.

Virtual Machines

Many public and research hosts are set up to run the following virtual environments.

ICS Data Center Services

ICS has a 1600-square-foot data center and manages 571 pieces of equipment in the data center, including 479 bare metal servers. More statistics are available here.

ICS researchers may place supported hardware in the ICS data center free of recurring charges. Researchers are expected to pay for any infrastructure costs associated with their equipment and are occasionally asked to help with general infrastructure costs for running the data center.

SSL Certificates for ICS Hosts

UC Irvine is participating in the InCommon Certificate program, which allows delegated administrators in campus departments to issue and renew digital certificates used for such purposes as securing web servers run on behalf of their departments. Through the InCommon Certificate program, UC Irvine pays a site fee (sponsored by OIT) and is then entitled to issue unlimited digital certificates through Comodo, a well-established commercial Certificate Authority.

More information about this program is available at the InCommon site. for more information.

Take Attendance with CheckIn

If you need to take attendance for classes or meetings, you can use our web-based tool which is available at

Checking in can be done via cell phone or laptop. For more information, visit

Licenses for Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat

Annually, ICS purchases licenses for Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows, and Adobe Acrobat. These can be installed on systems purchased with UCI funds. They require periodic connectivity to the UCI network to keep the license activated. Contact for more information.

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