Physics Facilities

Physics/Astronomy Network of Intel Computers (PANIC)

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

The PANIC cluster is a general purpose cluster of Linux computers for use by Physics faculty and students. It consists of two computer labs with 9 PCs and one laser printer. In addition to the standard Linux applications, several third-party applications like Mathematica and Matlab are installed. Individual workstations in the offices can also be hooked up to PANIC facility by request. See 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. If you have a problem or request, please send email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dan Ackerman is the primary manager of the PANIC cluster:
378 New LeConte
(510) 219-7684

Public Printers
For current information please go to

Most rooms in Birge and Le Conte halls have either 10Mbps or 100Mbps ethernet connections. To find out your IP address or to request a new connection for your lab or office see Katalin Markus (3-7781, 151 Le Conte).

Wireless Access

Wireless access is available in selected parts of the Physics complex through the AirBears network ( You will need your CalNet ID to access Airbears. Locations currently served include the reading room (251 LeConte), the Physics 111 lab (286 LeConte), and parts of Hearst Field Annex (HFA). Additional access points will be installed soon in the PANIC rooms and in 375 LeConte. Some other locations are covered by access points belonging to individual research labs and may require passwords from those providers. External to physics there are wireless hot-spots throughout campus, including most of the libraries. You can find coverage maps on the AirBears web site.