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Note: All computing resources on campus are subject to Princeton University's Acceptable Use IT Policy.

Campus wide Common Resources: University provides some common IT resources that are administered by OIT Every one is automatically assigned a unique id called NetID and given accounts on the following servers:

  • Mail servers. Instructions on howto setup various mail client can be found at
  • Microsoft Windows Princeton domain for printing/file-sharing/VPN/electronic-journals etc.
  • Unix systems (, PICSciE, TIGRESS)

The initial password on all these servers is a combination of a random string and user's SSN. All users must activate their account using instruction given in their welcome package sent to their home address, if you lost it, ask for a copy in the Department Manager's office, see: For help on howto access your unix account, shared file system, or Unix see For help, please call directly the OIT HelpDesk (609-258-HELP or

Departmental Resources:

  • Feynman Linux cluster having 2000 CPUs, 8 TB RAM and about 1 PB disk storage, currently running RHEL/Scientific-Linux/PU_IAS based on RHEL6. It has a SLURM batch management system. A dedicated web server hosts personal and group sites exported from feynman cluster. For more details and requesting an account, disk quotas etc, see:
  • About a dozen public access machines (Windows/Macs/Linux) in Brush Gallery, and room 470.
  • About a dozen network printers, instructions are at
  • Most buildings equipped with WiFi. Visitors can connect to PUVISITOR network without registration for up to 7 days/month, access is limited. Local users should use PUWIRELESS, laptop must be registered, see:
  • Department acquires/distributes/supports some commercial and Open Source software that is typically used by physicists. Licensing and pricing of these software packages is as follows:
    • Microsoft Windows OS, Office Suite, Symantec Anti-Virus, SSH client etc. Site licensed by OIT.
      Installation: Part of DeSC image, other may borrow CDs. Price for end user: Free.
    • Mathematica purchased by the department. Installation: Borrowed CDs. Price for non-students: $80/user/year for installation up to any mix of three machines. Price for Students: Free
    • MATLAB Site licensed, funded by OIT. Installation: By network only. Price for end users: Free
    • A package of various puplic domain software for Windows (Cygwin, MiKTeX, firefox/thunderbird...) Installation by network only. Price for end users: Free
Apart from administering the above referred departmental computing resources, the departmental IT group can also help you in buying, setting up and administring linux, Windows or Mac systems. Contact us if you want to order and have the new machine setup before your arrival to Princeton. We can also help you with registration of your or visitor's laptops in the OIT Hostmaster.

All computing support help requests should be queued using "IT Support" link on the department's homepage.

Some of the IT services and software archives are restricted to Princeton network. From outside, you will need to VPN to Princeton. Instructions on howto setup VPN connection can be found at

For problems requiring personal attention, please contact Vinod Gupta, Director of Computing Services, Physics+PCTS, (Office:609-258-6666, Cell:609-216-0766, e-mail: vinod at princeton dot edu) We have Martin Kicinski for Windows+Mac and Sumit Saluja for Linux+Roxen support, located at A17 Jadwin Hall.