IACS Computer Centre is responsible for providing computing and networking facilities to IACS users and groups. Computing has become an essential tool for almost all scientific research. At IACS, computers are extensively used both in scientific computation as well as in preparation and publication of scientific papers. Scientific data and papers on research carried out by the IACS members are archived on computers, often in a form accessible over the network. Moreover, most scientists make a heavy use of Internet and email facilities for scientific literature access and collaboration. IACS also uses computers for processing of administrative and accounting data.
IACS local area network consists of about 1000 workstations and servers interconnected by a backbone of fiber optic cable that interconnects switches in various blocks. These block switches are connected by 100 mbps UTP cable to department switches from where UTP connections are provided to individual machines.
The workstations are mainly used for scientific computing, web and email access and for scientific publication. Servers provide access to scientific data and papers. Institute's Administrative Data Processing cell has machines that keep institutes accounting and administrative data. IACS library runs a server providing online access to library catalogs and electronically subscribed journals. IACS LAN provides the interconnectivity between these machines.
Virtual Private Network(VPN) Service
Computer Centre provides both RA-VPN and SSL VPN for it's users so that they can use IACS network resources from home and outside campus.
IACS Institutional Repository
The Digital Repository/Institutional Repository of IACS (arxiv.iacs.res.in) has been created and designed by the computer centre. Theses and dissertations, preprint, postprint, reports, journal articles can be submitted by the authorized users of IACS. The contents of the repository are being monitored and maintained by the computer centre.
IACS LAN is connected to Internet with a 64 Kbps radio packet link and 35 Mbps fiber link to ISP Tata Communications Limited (Erstwhile VSNL). The connection is through a WAN router which also connects remote users through telephone links. This provides full Internet access to IACS members. Another link with capacity 1GBPS has been provided by National Knowledge Network. It is under process to integrate both the links in IACS LAN.
Central Computing Facility
The central computing facility consists of some general purpose computing machines as well as some machines dedicated to providing high performance computing (HPC) facilities. With the advent of cheap and powerful workstations, many groups and users in IACS have their own facilities for computing.
Cray Super Computer
IACS has its own Super Computational facility. Cray Super Computer is installed in the Centenary Building of IACS. Cray serves the purpose of high end computing to the different users of IACS.
A centralized mailhost (mailhost.iacs.res.in) receives and stores/forwards emails which may be accessed via POP or IMAP servers. A webmail service allowing access to email via web browsers is also available.
A dedicated web server (www.iacs.res.in) provides a platform for hosting institute, departmental and personal web pages. The integrity and security of IACS network has become a concern and a firewall restricts access from outside to machines within IACS LAN.
* Manual for IACS Computers
* Text books on Computer Programming languages and applications
Mr. Swastik Sinha
Mr. Abhra Paul
Mr. Abhra Paul