### NIU Department of Mathematical Sciences

Introduction to the Computer System

#### The network

The departmental computer network currently consists of a few dozen
Unix workstations, as well as several PCs and Macs. They are all linked
by an Ethernet network, which in turn connects to the campus backbone.
To use the workstations you need a valid departmental computer account.
The procedure for obtaining one is
described here. Note that this
account is valid on Math Department computers *only*.

The workstations are all shared in the sense that your account is
valid on all of them. However, some of them are servers, or are
intensively used by their "owners", and some belong to the Statistics
Division. Please ask the system manager which machine you should be
accessing remotely.

#### Help and documentation

Most of the documentation is available on-line (if you are reading
this on the screen, you already know that!)
Tell your browser to access the page
`http://www.math.niu.edu/help/` and start there.
#### Whom to contact

The system manager can be contacted by e-mail
(admin@math.niu.edu), by phone at
(815) 753-6727, or in person (Watson Hall 325) with questions about the
Math Department computing facilities.
Main Math Department office: Watson Hall 320, (815) 753 0567,
math@math.niu.edu

Computer Committee Chair: Greg Ammar.
Statistics Division
Computer Committee representative: Alan Polansky.

NIU Information Technology Services
Helpdesk: (815) 753-8100

CLA&S Computer Support:
rynkewicz@niu.edu, 815 753 7953

*Last modified: 7/19/2011
by webmaster@math.niu.edu*