Department Computing Services
This page provides a short description of services available at the Department. Please contact Jason Cowell for furthur assistance at:
- Office 217, Jeffery Hall
- Phone (613) 533-2391
|Department provides you with an email address. If you would like to use a different email address, please let us know.|
|Printing||There are 3 public printers maintained by the department (two black-and-white and one color laser printers). You can print from most public labs and from your own computer.|
|Internet||All public lab computers are connected to the internet. You can also connect your own computer. Note that networking services are provided by Queen's University Information Technology Services www.queensu.ca/its|
|Labs||The highlights of computer labs are the Statistics Lab (Room 220) and the Communications Lab (Room 240). They have Sun and Linux computers. You normally need to work in a related area to have access. Keyser Research Center has some Linux and Windows computers available to any account holder.|
|Remote access||You can log in remotely over ssh to most of Linux and Sun computers in the department. Official login server is mast.queensu.ca|
|Home directories||Your account comes with some server disk space. It is backed up daily and is available from anywhere in the world over the Internet using SFTP.|
|Personal web site||Set up your own web site! It will be linked from the departmental contact list.|
|Software||A number of software packages are available, including Maple, Matlab, Splus. In most cases use is restricted to campus.|
Your email address is your <login name>@mast.queensu.ca, for example, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can access your email account by the following methods:
|Email Programs (Eudora, Outlook, Netscape, Mozilla)||POP, IMAP, SMTP=mast.queensu.ca (NOTE: for off-campus SMTP, use mail.queensu.ca http://www.queensu.ca/its/nolongersupported/eudora/ssl-1.html or your ISP's SMTP server, for example Cogeco, http://www.cogeco.ca/cable/on/en/customersupport/faq/internet/email/setting_up_email.html|
|Remote login (ssh)
||Under Windows, use TeraTerm or
similar terminal program and go to mast.queensu.ca.
Under Unix and Linux, type
% ssh <username>@mast.queensu.ca
If you would like to use a different email address as your primary contact, please let us know. Your email address will be subscribed to the departmental mailing list.
PrintingWe have a family of public printers installed in the department. As of May 2005, the following black-and-white printers are available:
|laser502||Laser, black-and-white, supports double-sided printing||5th Floor Lounge||http://mast.queensu.ca:631/printers/laser502|
|keyser1||Laser, black-and-white||Keyser Research Center, 2nd Floor||http://mast.queensu.ca:631/printers/keyser1|
Semi-public computer labs have their own printers.
To configure a Windows computer for printing, use URLs indicated above, and check a printer's make and model at http://mast.queensu.ca:631. To configure a Linux or UNIX computer, use CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) and enter the following line in file /etc/cups/client.conf: ServerName=mast.queensu.ca.
You can monitor printers by directing your browser to http://mast.queensu.ca:631. If you are sending print jobs from your own computer, please log in to an account name which was given to you. For example, if your username is alex, in Windows, log in as alex. This is needed for accounting purposes.
At any time, printing charge of $.10/black-and-white page or $1.00 for a page in color may be introduced.
Internet accessYou can use your own computer in Jeffery Hall, through Fast Ethernet jacks located in offices. If your computer is a laptop, please use DHCP for network configuration. If you have a desktop, please contact us to get a static IP address. Network configuration settings are as follows:
||Use DHCP (choose "Obtain automatically" on Windows computers)|
Queen's Information Technology Services is responsible for network services provision. Please do not run public servers (such as Web, E-mail, FTP) on your computer.
Department operates two semi-public Linux and UNIX computer labs, Communications
Lab (Room 240) and Statistics
Lab (Room 220). Normally you need to be working in a related area to
get access. Please contact the following professors to ask for a
|Communications Lab, Room 240
|Statistics Lab, Room 220
||Glen Takahara, Boris Levit
A public Linux computer site is located in Keyser Research Center, on the 2nd floor of Jeffery Hall. It can be used by any departmental account holder. A large Windows computer site is located on the 1st floor of Jeffery Hall. It is operated by Queen's Information Technology services.
Some Linux and UNIX computers in the department allow for login from anywhere on the internet. You can log on mast.queensu.ca for access to your email, personal web site, and files in home directory. You can also run light applications, including LaTeX. However, if you need to run heavy-load programs, please do not do it on mast.queensu.ca. Please contact us at email@example.com so that we can direct you to another computer.
Home directory space
You can store files in your home directory. Home directories are backed up each night, with 7 days' depth. If you accidentally lost a VERY important piece of information, we can extract it from the backup provided that the loss occured not earlier than 7 days ago.
Personal web site
You can create your own web site by making a directory called WWW in your home directory path and putting a file index.html there. Your web address will be http://www.mast.queensu.ca/~<your username>. For example, if your login name is alex, then your web address is http://www.mast.queensu.ca/~alex.
You can upload files to your web site by scp ("secure copy", a preferred method) or by FTP. Make sure that the files and directories on your web site have appropriate permissions set: files must be readable by others, directories readable and searchable by others.
If your computer is located in Jeffery Hall, you can departmental licenses for the the following products:
|Software||What is it for?||Platforms||Rights to use||How to use|
|Maple 17||Powerful mathematics package, with strong symbolic computations||Windows, Mac||Free inside department||Contact Jason Cowell, RM 217|
|Matlab 2013b||Research use||Windows, Mac, Linux||License provided by Queen's ITS||Contact Jason Cowell, RM 217|
|Matlab 2013b||Teaching & Course preparation use||Windows, Mac, Linux||License provided by Math & Stats||Contact Jason Cowell, RM 217|
Your account allows you to use email, printing, home directory, and to set up a personal web site. For faculty members, account is permanent. For others, it will be valid for the period of your affiliation with the department plus approximately one academic term. Your account will be kept if you continue working with department's researchers. Please do not let other people use your account, and keep your password in secret.