Here is a listing of some of the tech resources that you can use at the school:





The School has a subscription to the MSDNAA where faculty and staff can download Microsoft software free of charge for course related purposes. Matlab and VMWARE are also available:

Microsoft Office is available at hardware services (Tunnel level HP building) for the cost of the media. You can also access Microsoft Office 365 free of charge using your Carleton email address:

The current University wide Anti-virus software is Trend Micro Antivirus (free @ Carleton):

University wide Site Licensed Software is listed here:

SCS Linux Network

The school has a Linux network available for student, faculty and staff use. The servers have ssh and remote desktop access. The Linux Network resides on SCS Open Stack and typically we have 8 vmicron servers running at any one time (vmicron01-08).


  • fully loaded and set up Ubuntu Desktop installation
  • any SCS student can access the SCS Linux Network
  • home directories are available on every vmicron host
  • more servers can be launched on-demand
  • you can request a custom Linux course account
  • all Linux accounts come with personal ~webpages
  • graphical remote desktop using x2go (LXDE Desktop)
  • all user home directories are backed up regularly

Detailed Info:

SCS Server Room

The SCS Server room is a shared space with the faculty of Science. The server room has the following:

  • 5 x standard network racks
  • 5 x UPS power (one per rack)
  • air-conditioned room
  • limited shelf space for non-rack equipment
  • 10G networking

There is limited space in the server room, please contact the SCS Tech staff if you wish to host equipment here.

Student Labs

We have 5 labs assigned for courses running 160 Windows 10 workstations on the schools 10G network.

The labs are located in the following rooms (as of Dec. 2017):

  • HP3115 – SCS Undergraduate Lab
  • HP4115 – SCS Undergraduate Lab
  • HP4125 – TA Center
  • HP4155 – Tutorial Lab
  • HP5151 – Sr. UG & Game Development Lab


  • you can have your course software installed on the Windows lab image
  • all SCS students can automatically create accounts on the lab PC’s and access the workstations
  • software can be made available for distribution via the labs; the labs have fast Internet access
  • labs can be booked for tutorials, demo’s, presentations, and workshops and a first-come-first-serve basis

Detailed Info:

University Email

The university uses Microsoft 360 as their officially supported faculty and staff email. It comes with a full web browser compatible client and 50GB mail box quota. Optionally you can use Microsoft Outlook client or another IMAP client.

The school has its own legacy email server that has been running since the school’s inception. We have some capability to assign aliases in the domain.

Research Laboratories

Swipe Card Access

The school has been managing the CBORD card access system since they have offered the service. The card access system replaces key access to your lab by using your employee or student card.

Advantages of the system:

  • no keys, no returning keys, no deposits
  • access is managed via a web interface
  • timed access to open your lab on a specific time and date
  • audit who entered your lab; lab stats
  • add users and add a start and expiry date

The system has a one time cost of about $5,000 to install (DUS can provide an exact quote).

Lab Servers

If you are contemplating updating your own lab servers then take advantage of the SCS Open Stack Cloud platform. The school can have your server up and running in hours and it comes with a large number of benefits over a traditionally hosted server.

Recommended specs for an SCS Open Stack server:

  • 2 x 10G Networking
  • Rack-mounted server case

The rest is up to your requirements. Typical server has:

  • Xeon CPU’s
  • ECC Memory
  • Server grade Solid State Drives (SSD)

Research Computing

The Faculty of Science has invested considerable amount of money in Research Computing. If your looking to run a large batch job that requires CPU server cluster then contact:

They have a number of clusters available for all Faculty of Science Researchers.

Short Term Loans

School has a number of items for short term loan to support courses:

  • portable projectors
  • laptops
  • digital camera
  • gaming consoles
  • PC components
  • Raspberry Pie’s
  • vintage computing parts and computers

Annual School Budget

Every year the school submits a Tech Budget to support courses offered in the upcoming Academic year.

If your course requires equipment or software needed for the operation of your course then you can request for it in the budget submission.

The Budget submission is typically due at the end of the Fall term. That is if you would like to submit something for Fall 2018 or Winter 2019 you would have to submit your request in Dec. 2017 (Fall 2017). If the budget item is approved by the Dean’s office the funds are typically available in May.

Please submit your Tech budget items to the Tech staff.

Technical Staff

The schools Tech staff can assist with the following:

  • trouble shoot server and operating systems
  • assist in installing computer or server software
  • provide computer or server quotations
  • organize Asset Disposals
  • assist with your research computing needs
  • trouble shoot computers and networking hardware
  • custom programming and web-programming projects

More Info: