The mathematics department has an extensive computer network, primarily using Linux and Solaris platforms, but also including Windows and Macintosh machines. There are computers in most faculty and graduate student offices as well as a number of workstations in public areas for use by students, faculty and visitors. In addition, there is an instructional lab with 30 Sun workstations and 25 Windows machines in which computer-related courses are taught. Several of the faculty and many graduate students use computation as an important part of their research.
In the rare event that more than one person might want to use a computer at the same time, we have rules of precedence. They are that faculty use takes precedence over graduate student use, and that mathematics (not including word processing) takes precedence over communication, which, in turn, takes precedence over word processing.
IMPORTANT: The department computer network is funded by state, federal and private money for our educational and scientific work. It does serve as a general communication device for the department, so some personal use is tolerated. However political and commercial use is not tolerated. Also there are special addresses such as ``faculty'', ``grad'' or ``staff'' and these are to be used only for department business. Items that someone may think have general interest, but that are not department business must not be sent to these addresses. Any student who uses the computer system inappropriately will have his computer privileges revoked.