Computing Resources

Computing Resources

The Physics Department currently does not employ full-time computing staff. Computer support is outsourced to Campus Shared Services by the Physics Department. You may request technical support by emailing itcsshelp@berkeley.edu.

For help with PANIC lab computers or any office computers linked to PANIC cluster, see the PANIC support web page.

Physics Resources

448 and 475 Birge Hall | Open 24 hours (key access)

Most rooms in Birge and LeConte halls have 100Mbps ethernet connections.  Learn more about the Physics Department's public printers and wireless access.

The Physics/Astronomy Network of Intel Computers (PANIC) cluster is a general purpose cluster of Linux computers for use by Physics faculty and unaffiliated graduate students. It consists of two computer labs with 9 PCs and two laser printers. In addition to the standard Linux applications, several third-party applications like Mathematica and R are installed, and users are provided with a small amount of network disk space for data storage. Individual office workstations can also be hooked up to the PANIC facility by request. Visit the PANIC website for more detailed information about this computer cluster and the instructions on how to obtain a PANIC account.

PANIC Support

PANIC is supported by the L&S Computer Resources Unix team.
448 and 475 Birge Hall
Open 24 hours (key access)
If you have a problem or request, please send email to: sysadmin@ls.berkeley.edu

Email

The Physics Department recommends that you set up an account with bMail. To set up a bMail account: 

Email Forwarding

By request, a @physics.berkeley.edu email forwarding address can be created for Physics department faculty and staff. The department no longer provides dedicated direct login or POP email services to new users.

Mailing List Services

Find our more about our campus mailing list services.

What are my Wi-Fi Options?

In addition to using AirBears2 and AirBears, there are two new options to connect to the campus network. The inclusion of these new Wi-Fi options in the campus IT service catalog is part of ongoing efforts to improve services and expand support for the needs of faculty, students, and staff. For instructions, coverage areas, support and technical information, view all campus Wi-Fi options.

CalVisitor

Basic Wi-Fi access for guests.

The CalVisitor Wi-Fi service will provide a basic level of Wi-Fi access for those without a CalNet ID. Berkeley visitors (not visiting faculty or researchers) will be provided with the appropriate level of Internet access for their connectivity needs while on campus to check email and access the Internet.

 

eduroam

Full access to the UC Berkeley network for visiting researchers, students, and staff.

Eduroam is a secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. It allows students, researchers, and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions. 

IP Information, Changes, New Connections

To request a new network cable or telephone connection for your lab or office, see Stephen Raffel-Pride in151 Le Conte. Before your computer or laptop can be used on the campus network please register the MAC address with Campus IST here.  If your device requires a static IP address please email the campus host master for assistance.  You will need to provide the hostmaster with the following information:  Building, room number, Cable ID of the cable you are trying to plug into and the mac address of your device.  

Network Problems

If you think you're having network connectivity problems, you may report them to Campus Shared Services IT.  

Mathematica and Matlab Licenses

Visit the IST Software Central website for information about how to obtain licenses for academic computational applications such as Mathematica and Matlab. Access to Mathematica is provided by the department to unaffiliated graduate students via the PANIC computing lab facility.

Computer Security

If you believe you've had a security breach and you need help and/or advice for correcting this problem, send an email to security@physics.berkeley.edu.

All computer users who manage their own systems are responsible for keeping their computers secure. Security Network Services (SNS) has means for monitoring and scanning the campus network for potential security problems. They may disconnect any systems from the campus network that they believe have been compromised or if they believe that a given system possesses a serious security risk to the rest of campus. If the system owner does not fix the problem after a reasonable amount of time after the initial warning, the node will be disconnected.

SNS provides links to quick security guides and checklists for various operating systems and applications. We advise everyone who manages their own computers to become familiar with and follow the SNS security guidelines for system administration.

If you would like to report a security incident to central authorities, send email to:   
Physics Security Staff at security@physics.berkeley.edu
Central Campus Security Staff at security@berkeley.edu