Most of the computing required in courses, and in independent research/study projects is done on Pentium standard, IBM PC compatible workstations running the operating system Linux, a PC version of the operating system Unix. Two of the laboratories on campus, consisting of 50 workstations, are configured to run Linux. All these workstations are served by a Linux server. The administration and maintenance of all the Linux systems on campus is handled by students under the supervision of a faculty member.
All the dormitory rooms are wired to be on the campus-wide computing network. Students using Linux are given all the necessary software and instructions to install Linux and all the applications on their personal computers in their room, so that they can have a computing environment identical to the one in the campus laboratories.
“If I can help pique my students’ interest in research and scientific careers, I feel that I have done my job as a professor to promote an extended education,” Dr. Balasubramanian says.