The CBS Cluster was a collection of computer systems, manufactured by Sun Microsystems, running Solaris. The tool for research and instructional use was discontinued from service on July 3, 2012.
Penn State students, faculty, and staff wishing to use a UNIX or Linux system for research or instruction may use one of the following as an alternative to the CBS Cluster:
- RS6KLAB (ssh to rs6klab.aset.psu.edu). *System runs AIX and utilizes PASS space. Changes to the shell may be required.
- Offerings from Classroom and Lab Computing (ssh to lxcluster.tlt.psu.edu). *Information and downloads can be found at http://clc.its.psu.edu/labs/linux
- HPC Systems through ITS Research Computing and Cyberinfrastructure. * Systems available through http://rcc.its.psu.edu/resources/hpc/
Virtualization software may also be used on a personal desktop to operate a UNIX or Linux system. Users can select any software of their choosing (vendor features and requirements vary):
- VMware Fusion (Mac) – http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/overview/html
- VMware Workstation (PC) – http://www.vmware.com/products/workstation/overview.html
- Parallels Desktop (Mac) - http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/
- Parallels Workstation (PC) - http://www.parallels.com/products/workstation/
- VirtualBox - https://www.virtualbox.org/
- Xen Hypervisor Project - http://xen.org
For those in need of an operating system closer to Solaris:
- OpenIndiana - http://openindiana.org
It is also recommended for users to check with a local, or college IT staff for specific resource details.