Research Computing

TSO provides support for research computing activity through the efforts of multiple groups, including HelpDesk, Enterprise Systems Support and Infrastructure, but the primary point of contact is through the Research Program Support Group who bridges baseline and specialized technology support.  TSO advocates the formation of partnerships with research centers to jointly fund Research Technologists who closely associate themselves with the researchers to provide more specialized impact in the research program.  Refer to our Research Program Support Group page to learn about the Research Technologists near you.

CoC Research Services

These currently require CoC credentials:

Type of Service Specific Service Service Description


General (CoC students involved in College-related research have access) @cc email alias CoC email identity for research Firstname.Lastname@cc & accountname@cc
Personal web page CoC web presence for research
Home directory Provides storage for login access Remotely accessible
Killerbees cluster General-purpose UNIX login access Remotely accessible
JINX HPC cluster Instructional HPC Offered to researchers at a lower priority
SVN / TRAC Source control for programming Remotely accessible
PHP / MySQL Web programming & databases Remotely accessible
Wiki / Drupal / FTP Research group collaboration Remotely accessible
Door access BuzzCard access to CoC doors CCB and KACB doors

Research Labs and Lab Managers

There are over 70 research labs and graduate student cube areas, spanning 3 Schools, over 5 centers, 3 buildings and include hundreds of users and the equipment they use.  In order to foster local lab autonomy, TSO formed a volunteer Lab Manager Program made up mostly of students in the research areas that have specific knowledge of the activity in their groups.  TSO forms a close relationship with these Lab Managers to make sure the wishes of the research group are reflected in the support provided.  Refer to our list of Research Labs and Lab Managers as well as the Lab Manager Wiki for more information.

Lab Desktops

Student computing in Labs is largely mobile based (e.g. LAWN based laptops), however there are hundreds of desktop computers connected to CoC networks for specialized projects housed in the labs.  Access to the computers in these labs is restricted to the people involved in the research groups.  The Lab Managers are the primary point of contact for computing activity in their labs and can authorize access to their computing equipment.  One needs permission from a Lab Manager (or faculty member) to gain login access to the computing resources.  Send requests for access to helpdesk@cc and copy your Lab Manager for approval.


TSO provides automated, managed loads of several operating systems.  You can request an operating system installation with our online request form.

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (supported by GT site license)
  • Ubuntu Linux (open source)
  • Windows 7 (site license for GT owned equipment only)
  • Mac OS X (labs must purchase their own license)
  • Sun Ray Thin Clients (providing a free Red Hat Linux desktop on the Killerbee cluster)

All lab desktop computing, regardless of the network employed, must follow GT best practices.  If you do not choose to use a TSO managed load, you still have the responsibility to follow best practices.  For more information about best practices, refer to the GIT and CoC Computing and Networking Usage and Security Policies and Procedures.


At CoC, researchers use hundreds of, primarly Red Hat Linux-based, rack-mounted computing servers housed in multiple data centers to conduct their work.  These servers include high-performance computing clusters, file servers, web servers and general-purpose servers.  TSO manages the general health of the data centers and the severs housed there.  Login access to these resources require Lab Manager or faculty approval as well.

Group Collaboration

TSO helps coordinate and provide web-based, group collaboration technologies for the research community, such as Mediawiki, Drupal, SVN/TRAC source code control, FTP, mailing lists, and more.  You can even get involved or help start a new service.  Refer to the GT CoC Research Community-Maintained Collaboration Sever page for more information.  You can request these resources using our online request forms.

Research Web Sites

TSO can help your efforts to create or update your research lab web presence by providing you server resources and group login authentication and authorization support.  Consider requesting a new Drupal web instance with GT authentication on the Research Community Drupal Server.  TSO can help you with initial configuration and even demonstrate how to migrate older web content.

Research Web Programming

Some research projects involved employing custom web programs that are served on web servers.  TSO provides web servers for web programmers of light-weight and medium-weight web applications.  Refer to the GT CoC Research Community-Maintained Web Programming Server for more information.

Event Support and Webcasting

The TSO Research Program Support Group facilitates recordings for research events and for College special events.  We employ the technology of OIT's Streaming and Webcasting Service and encourage the involvement of volunteers in the research groups to assist in the recordings and can help train those in the use of our equipment.  TSO makes its recording equipment freely available to trained users.  Refer to our Event Support and Webcasting page for more information.  If you are interested in having an event recorded or want to use our equipment, contact helpdesk@cc to begin your request.