Computer Resources

Computing Resources at the Department

File Server

The department maintains a file server ( with an array of redundant disks for data safety. The system periodically snapshots the state of the filesystem, so it is possible to recover older versions files that have been accidentally deleted, over-written, or otherwise corrupted. The server synchronizes hourly to a second, identical server ( which is located off-campus in a DoIT data center.

(As of November 28, 2023, the server has 157TB of available space.)


Open a File Explorer window, right-click on This PC in the sidebar on the left to bring up the context menu, and choose ‘Map network drive…’ In the window it brings up, enter \\\Groups, select ‘Connect using different credentials’, and ‘Finish’. In the authentication window, enter your user ID, and your Chemistry password. Check ‘Remember my credentials’, and continue. This will create a permanent connection to the server on your computer, using the drive letter you chose. (‘Z:’ as the default)

Mac & Linux

The network address for Mac and Linux is ‘smb://’. On MacOS, use the ‘Go > Connect to Server’ menu item in the Finder, enter the network address, and follow the instructions to connect.

Different Linux environments vary in the user interface to connect. For GNOME on Ubuntu, the file browser window has an ‘+ Other Locations’ option in the sidebar, which brings up a ‘Connect to Server’ option, where you can enter the above network address.

HPC Clusters

The department operates several high-performance computing clusters to provide service to both our computational chemistry courses, and researchers. Students should contact their course instructor or TA with questions and support needs. Researchers and staff should contact Paul McGuire or Desiree Bates for cluster access and support.


Several research groups maintain a wiki to collect useful information in one spot, available to all group members. The department has a MediaWiki instance set up to host them. Please contact CompHelp to set up your own instance.