CAEN Knowledge Base
CAEN Knowledge Base

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What are the policies for running background or unattended programs on CAEN computers?

Preference for the use of CAEN lab computers is given to individuals who are physically present in a lab and logged into a computer's console. This ensures that computing resources are allocated fairly, especially during times of high computer lab usage.

CAEN encourages the full use of its lab computers, but under the following conditions:

  • CAEN lab computers must not be disguised to look busy, broken, or otherwise modified to dissuade individuals from using them. This includes leaving notes by a computer indicating the computer is being used. Refer to the CAEN Computer Lab Policies for further details.
  • Individuals should not use remote access lab services such as the Linux Login Service or Windows Remote Desktop Service to run compute intensive or background programs.

Individuals who violate any policy will be asked to cease their activity immediately. If CAEN is unable to establish contact with an individual, or if the impact is significant or widespread enough, access to CAEN resources may be temporarily disabled for an individual's account until contact can be established.


Alternatives to CAEN Computer Labs

Individuals who require background computing resources that cannot be reconciled with these policies are encouraged to evaluate the resources of the Advanced Research Computing - Technology Services group. ARC-TS delivers many advanced performance computing services to the College of Engineering, and can provide resources for most computation problems or background jobs that cannot be done using a CAEN lab computer or remote access service. For more information, refer to our Research Computing at the College of Engineering page.