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Linux.cs update

From 1st November 2016, the alias will be directed to a replacement virtual machine which runs the version of Linux currently in use in the cluster in Daysh 6.37. It is named after the late J.A. Presper Eckert, the inventor of the ENIAC computer in 1946 (from Wikipedia).

This service is being moved to the centrally hosted resilient VMWare platform. Virtual CPU provision increases from Dual Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X5660  @ 2.80GHz to Quad Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2697 v3 @ 2.60GHz. This service is intended for general command-line use. It does not have sufficient resources to run full desktop sessions.

Mill cluster news

The Linux cluster in The Mill defaults to a fairly heavyweight Gnome3 desktop session. If you prefer something lightweight, you can now change this by clicking on the tools icon after entering your login name and before signing on. This is remembered on a per-user basis. LXDE and GNOME Classic are both fairly straightforward. Openbox has no visible desktop. You use the right mouse button to bring up a menu of applications or to log out.


The remmina remote desktop viewer has recently been installed alongside the default vinagre client.

If you have other requests for software with a reasonable academic use, please ask.

Chris Ritson — NUIT support —

Vacancy shortlisting has begun

The application period for our two computing officer vacancies closed this Sunday 5th January and we have now begun the process of shortlisting candidates. I am very pleased by the response we’ve received: This has proven to be a very successful recruitment exercise and we have a large number of high quality candidates. Thank you very much for your interest in our roles!

We are aiming to complete short listing as fast as we can, the success of the process means this will take a little while longer than I originally anticipated but it is my top priority. I will be writing to all applicants as soon as the shortlisting process is complete.

Thanks again!

Two vacancies in the CS Support Team

We wrote about this over on the School’s main site but neglected to mention it here!

This is a really exciting time for the School which is building on top of recent research and teaching/student recruitment successes, and planning our move towards a brand-new, purpose built home in Science Central. The support team are right in the middle of the School’s activities, providing and supporting a wide range of emerging technologies to support the delivery of relevant teaching and cutting edge research.

We are currently advertising two vacancies within the CS Support Team: a Computing Officer and a Senior Computing Officer. The application deadline is 5th January 2014 for both vacancies.

Full details of the vacancies and how to apply are available in this news item on the School website. (edit: adverts now closed.)

Computing Science Website Update for October


The library have full theses online via the E-Theses service.  We are now linking to those records that are available. The ‘pdf’ symbols on the Theses page represent those full records that are in the E-Thesis service (that we link to).

The library has also agreed to enter the remaining records (for us to link to) if we can source them (electronically) and gain permission from the author.  If any staff members who have their thesis title listed on our pages, also has a digital copy and would like to make their thesis available to the library for public viewing, please let us know.

We have been further revising and expanding the pages for our research groups. The Concurrent Asynchronous Systems group page is now completed.


We have further updated our historic records. From 1957 to 1989 The Computing Laboratory at Newcastle University each year documented all the research, teaching and service activities within the Laboratory and also set out future plans for the forthcoming year. These activities and plans were compiled in an annual report entitled ‘Report of the Director’. The annual reports for each year are available now as ‘pdf’ files.

Visual Media

We are also trialling Vimeo for the storage and displaying of video media. The videos on the webpage Brian Randell’s 75th Birthday Seminar are all sourced from a Vimeo account and we would like feedback for how you think this works and for further improvements.