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6. METU-CC Guide

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1. The Computer Center (CC)
2. Getting in touch with the CC
3. The Job Description of the CC and the Services Provided to METU
4. When are the services provided by the CC available?
5. What to do, to make use of the services provided by the CC?
6. What is the CC Virus Filtering service?
7. How can I use the GRID computing service?
8. Are seminars/training courses organized by the CC?
9. How to access books, manuals etc. published by the CC?
10. What to do, to get laser printouts via the printers on the Central Systems?
11. How to access software, package programs licensed to METU, and the software available on the Internet?
12. How to get information about the PC Rooms in campus and their working hours?
13. What is Smart Class?
14. What is Human Computer Interaction Lab?
15. How to connect to the METU local network and Library resources off Campus?
16. How can I make use of the METU Wireless Network Services?
17. What are the tools of communication via Internet?
18. How to create web pages on the central servers?
19. How to get to METU WWW main page?
20. How to access Academic / Student information system?
21. What is Academic CV System?
22. What is Interactive Registration and Approval System?
23. What is Interactive Grading / Grade Submission system?
24. What is Grant Application and Evaluation Project?
25. What is Online Tuition System?
26. What is ÖYP Application System?
27. What is The Course Evaluation Survey?
28. What is Mobile Student Affairs Information System?
29. What is The E-Catalogue System?
30. What is The Staff Roster (an information bank of the staff)?
31. What is Finance Follow Up (PAYS) System?
32. Where to consult, to trouble shoot problems about the services supplied by the CC, or to convey points of view?


1. The Computer Center (CC)

The Computer Center (CC) provides the necessary software, hardware and the central computing services like networking, to facilitate the proper functioning of academic work, the educational programs, and the administrative units and fulfils the computational needs of the users. The CC is closely involved with the latest technological improvements and novelties to bring up the computational facilities in METU.

2. Getting in touch with the CC

Location : The CC is located between the Civil Engineering and the Computer Engineering buildings on the ring road.

Phone

: + 90 312 210 3301

Fax

: + 90 312 210 3303

E-mail

: metuccmetu.edu.tr

URL

: http://www.bidb.odtu.edu.tr
: http://www.cc.metu.edu.tr

3. The Job Description of the CC and the Services Provided to METU:

  • Local area networking, domestic connections and access abroad
  • User codes on the central servers for administrative/academic staff and students
  • User codes for units covered by the Electronic Communication Systems
  • Modem services
  • WebCache service  
  • Training for computer users, booklets and brochures, CC Library
  • PC Rooms, Smart Class
  • "Hot-line" consultancy services (e-mail: hot-linemetu.edu.tr, phone: 3355)
  • Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Lab
  • Central Laser Print-out services
  • FTP service
  • METU-TV
  • E-mail services, electronic lists 
  • Central licensed software/program packages
  • Academic staff/Student Information System on the web

All other issues (the Network structure and problems related to the structure, department/unit software/hardware problems), other than these services supplied by the CC for the University, are at the responsibility of the department/unit computer coordinators.

4. When are the services provided by the CC available?

Local area(campus) and Wide area (Internet) connections : 365 days, 24 hrs
Services provided by the central system : 365 days, 24 hrs
Modem services : 365 days, 24 hrs
Consultancy (Hot-Line) services : 09:00-17:00 (Week days)
User Code services : 09:00-17:00 (Week days)
The Library : 09:00-17:00 (Week days)
PC Rooms : 09:00-17:00 / 24 Hrs

5. What to do, to make use of the services provided by the CC?

The academic/administrative staff who would like to work via the Central Systems or access the Internet should first fill out the User Code Application Form which can be found online at http://kullanicikodu.bidb.odtu.edu.tr and have it authorized by the department/unit computer coordinator and submit it to Room 114 at the CC during working hours, presenting their ID card, in order to get their user code and password. Having this code the academic/administrative staff can; send and receive e-mail, affiliate in electronic communication lists or news groups, utilize the software which run on central systems, connect from off-campus by using dial-up connections, get plus fee printouts from laser printer services, or transfer files using FTP services. They may access any service available on the Academic/Student Information Services Platform.

User code and password could be used to access to the wireless and residence network via http://netregister.cc.metu.edu.tr system as well as connection to the eduroam wireless network.

Purpose of use of the systems and the licensed software available that academic/administrative staff can get at by using their user codes is listed below:

System Purpose of Use Licensed Software*
orca a UNIX based server system authorized to the academic/administrative staff and the interactive use of the students. Cplex
simena (It can be reached by the names rorqual, narwhal, orca) a UNIX based server system authorized to the academic/administrative staff and the interactive use of the students. Abaqus, Ansys, Maple, MSC. Marc/Mentat, MSC. Patran, SPSS, Matlab, Mathematica, Gaussian 03
beluga a UNIX based server system authorized to the academic/administrative staff and the interactive use of the students. Furthermore, applications that need high processing speeds can be run on this server. It also serves as a license provider for the software being used on other server systems. Abaqus, Ansys, Maple, MSC. Marc/Mentat, MSC. Patran, SPSS, Matlab, Mathematica, Gaussian 03

* You can get further information about licensed software at question 11

6. What is the CC Virus Filtering service?

Two different types of spam filters are used on the CC Central Server System in order to detect the spam mails within the incoming e-mails. The ones that are marked as spam by the filters are directed to a special mail box "Spambox" under the users Inbox. Users can access to their Spambox from their Inbox. How to access to Spambox according to the e-mail reading programme can be found at Frequently asked Questions (FAQ)-->E-mail Service.

7. How can I use the GRID computing service?

Academic users can run applications that recqires high performance on the GRID computing service which is provided by Tübitak-Ulakbim. In order to use the GRID cluster, users may access to http://www.grid.org.tr/eng/ and open a user account.

8. Are seminars/training courses organized by the CC?

User courses are devised across METU each year. These training sessions are arranged for all parties, staff and/or students, with course hours of suitable options, at a PC room, with hands on application (a PC per person), and free of charge. The training given is at introductory level and in general covers the below topics:

  • Windows XP
  • UNIX
  • MS Word
  • MS Excel
  • MS PowerPoint
  • Internet
  • OpenOffice
  • PhotoShop
  • HTML
  • Virüsler
  • Linux

To apply for these courses or to get further information about new courses to be held follow the link; http://seminer.cc.metu.edu.tr. Besides that address, training courses for users are announced on notice boards through out the university, web pages, and electronic lists ahead of time.

9. How to access to the books, manuals etc. published by the CC?

METU CC Library is located at the CC building bridge annex, 1st floor, room 109 and it provides our users with manuals of computer operating systems, booklets, computer magazines and periodicals.

A list of book, booklets and CDs on sale at the library can be found at http://library.cc.odtu.edu.tr address.

10. What to do, to get laser print-outs via the printers on the Central Systems?

For users to be able to get printouts, paid laser printer service is provided by the CC. You can get detailed and updated information from http://print-out.cc.odtu.edu.tr address about what is required to do in order to make use of this service and get laser printouts from the central server system.

11. How to access to the software, package programs which are licensed to METU, and to the software available on the Internet?

METU CC provides for the university staff a wide variety of software containing operating systems (MS Windows/Linux) and Office programs, scientific computing, statistics, engineering, modelling, simulations, desktop publishing, graphics and web design software. Most of the software is available at ftp://ftp.cc.metu.edu.tr. This space enables our academic and administrative users (they need METU user code and password to login) to access to the licensed software and package programs within the campus without coming to the Computer Center and making set up mostly by not burning a CD/DVD. Detailed information can be found at http://software.cc.metu.edu.tr

Found in the CDs and diskettes at the CC Library are Microsoft Software products licensed for in-campus use and some of the Borland software products licensed for multi user application. Regarding these products, using your user code on the central servers you can, search the available products, reserve the needed product, and cancel the reservation from the http://cclibrary.metu.edu.tr address.

Besides these, other programs on the central servers are available for the use of academic and the administrative staff on UNIX based servers.

Below, is a list of software which run on the central servers:

- Abaqus
- Abbyy FineReader
- Ansys
- McAfee ve Symantec Antivirus Software
- ArcGIS
- AutoDesk Inventor/Autocad/3DMAX
- Borland
- JAWS
- MSC MARC/Mentat/Patran/Dytran/Nastran
- Mathcad
- Mathematica
- Matlab
- MS Windows Operating Systems, MS Office/Visual Studio/Project/Visio/Expression)
- SAS
- SPSS
- Simufact
- Turnitin

Furthermore, it is possible to run Abaqus, Ansys, MSC MARC/Mentat/Patran/Dytran/Nastran, Mathcad, Mathematica, Matlab, Gaussian, Maple,  Nag, Essl software on PC platforms.

You may access the CDs and diskettes of the software at the CC Library by applying there with your personnel ID card.

Moreover there is another FTP site where popular free software (freeware, shareware, trial) of the Internet world is accessible. The site, which is authorized to all users, can be reached at the ftp://ftp.metu.edu.tr address.

12. How to get information about the PC Rooms in campus and their working hours?

To the users of the CC facilities, services are provided at a total of 19 PC rooms. The most recent information about the location, the working hours, and the configuration of these rooms are supplied at the http://pc-room.cc.metu.edu.tr address.

13. What is Smart Class?

The Smart Class is a system designed to bring the users at different physical locations together in an interactive environment, using videoconferencing and live broadcasting technology. Due to the current videoconferencing capability, joint lectures, seminars and jury meetings can be held together with other classes with similar technologies all over the world. Lectures, seminars, presentations and meetings can be broadcast live on the campus via Internet.

14. What is Human Computer Interaction Lab?

Human-Computer Interaction Research and Application Laboratory is a medium established to design, utilize, and evaluate interactive technologies like web sites and other computer software and the lab consists of an experimentation and a control room. During the experiment, it is possible to get a feedback by recording the image of the user, the eye movements, and the monitor screen shots, so as to evaluate the applicability of any given software (http://hci.cc.metu.edu.tr).

15. How to connect to the METU local Network and Library resources off Campus?

Dial-up services are available for users wanting to get access to METU central systems via telephone lines (modem) from inside or outside the campus. By just paying for the call, users having a modem, a user code registered on the central systems, and the necessary programs to make the connection, can access to these systems and the Internet by the dial-up services. The information about the modem service for the students and/or the staff is given in the table below. 

Modem Lines

Phone Number

Speed

# of Lines

Type

Authorization

210 43 00

33.6 Kb/s

12

Analog

Personnel/students

To get detailed information to make use of these services you may either follow this link or apply to the CC, room no: 114 to obtain a copy of the document "PPP Connection to METU systems".

You can inquire the "hot-line" service for connections from other domestic Internet service providers (ISP) or for connections from abroad to get access to your METU account.

Connection to the METU Library resources off Campus (Web Caching Service):
Web Caching provides connection for METU users to the resources which METU Library is a member of. You can find the steps to follow in order to use this service from this link.

16. How can I make use of the METU Wireless Network Services?

There are two different IEEE *802.11agn* standard wireless networks in the Middle East Technical University Campus. The first one is eduroam, which stands for Education Roaming. eduroam runs on a RADIUS-based infrastructure that uses 802.1x security technology to allow for inter-institutional roaming. For more information about this network and the details of how to set it, please go to eduroam page. The second broadcast is ng2k. This one’s SSID broadcast is without any encryption. MAC address based identification confirmation system operates on these networks. In order to connect to the wireless network it is sufficent to fill the from at, http://netregister.cc.metu.edu.tr. Detailed information may be obtained at the http://wireless.cc.metu.edu.tr address.

17. What are the tools of communication via Internet?

Communication on the Internet can be made not only by e-mailing among individuals, but also by use of electronic lists which adjoins users who want to convey messages about a certain topics. Users who become members of such lists can send their e-mail there or receive email messages sent to these platforms. For such needs, The Computer Center provides services of Electronic Communication Lists service.

E-mail Service

Other than the e-mail programs using the POP3 / IMAP servers, CC also provides web based e-mail services. These interfaces are available at, http://metumail.metu.edu.tr/.

Electronic Communication Lists Services

This service is provided by a list server, Mailman which is powerful enough to adjoin thousands of users under a frame, to enable those users to be a member of more than one list and to record and keep track of all that information. General information about Electronic Communication Lists can be accessed from this link.

At the METU Campus, the Electronic Communication System (E.C.S.) has been established to facilitate the electronic communication of academic and administrative staff. General information about this system can be accessed from this link.


18. How to create web pages on the central servers?

All METU members having usercodes (academic/administrative personnel and students) can create their personal web pages. Users should obey the regulations stated in METU Information Technology Resources Use Policy and fulfill the legal obligations.
Units/Departments and student groups in METU are provided METU web accountson demand. They can create their web pages over www.abc.metu.edu.tr address. Detailed information about this service can be accesed from this link.
It is possible to create personal web pages with the user codes given to the students and personnel on the central servers. These web pages can be accessed via, http://www.metu.edu.tr/~user_code. Detailed information about this service can be found at this link.

If the users would like to prepare a simple personal CV web page, they can use templates offered by the web wizard which is available on http://wizard.metu.edu.tr.
Our users can also prepare their own personal blog pages by entering http://blog.metu.edu.tr web page using their METU user codes and passwords as stated in http://blog.metu.edu.tr/kullanıcı_kodu.
Blog service should be used in accordance with the rules stated in http://blog.metu.edu.tr/kullanim-sozlesmesi/ and the detailed information on the service as well as various assistance materials (documents, videos) can be accessed from "Frequently Asked Questions" and "Help" parts available at http://blog.metu.edu.tr.

19. How to get to METU WWW main page?

METU Campus Wide Information System (METU-CWIS) which is structured on a World Wide Web (WWW) based application can be accessed at http://www.metu.edu.tr/ and http://www.odtu.edu.tr addresses. By the use of this system METU computer users or outside users connected through the web can have access to resources of information in METU, in the state or abroad.

20. How to access Academic / Student information system?*

The student info system is one that the Student Affairs, academic units, academic staff and the students make use of via the WWW. Access rights are defined according to the user groups. In accordance to the authorization provided to the user groups, the users can access certain software related to the group (https://oibs.metu.edu.tr/).
Master / Doctorate Application and Evaluation System
Those wishing to do master can apply using the internet. After an application the institutes and the departments applied to evaluate the documents and the students. The students can follow up the status of their application via the internet.
Undergraduate Application of Foreign Students (YÖS)
The foreign undergraduate student candidates’ application, the evaluation of the departments, the acceptance and transfer to the OİBS are all done by this system. The user groups are The Presidency, the departments and the applying candidates.
Outgoing Erasmus Student System (OES)
OES is the system that facilitates the application and evaluation processes of our students to go to universities abroad for half a term or a term for the purpose of education.
Student Registration Cancellation
Students, when leaving the university can find out about the dues / the units they have to clarify with make use of the Registration Withdrawal (Program # 155). After completing the payments / clarifications they have to obtain the document using the software and submit it to the Students Affairs.
The Project of Ordering Books
The book ordering requests are done on the web integrated with ÖİBS by the professors, access is provided for the authorized users to report and inquire about the process (http://oibs.metu.edu.tr/).

21. What is Academic CV System?*

The Academic CV System is a system by which all staff except the residing assistants can access and enter all academic activities over the WWW and which they can observe. It can be accessed at the http://academic.metu.edu.tr/ address.

22. What is Interactive Registration and Approval System?*

The Interactive Registration and Authentication System is a program to facilitate the registration of the courses that the students have to take for each term over a computer medium, on line (the access to the web address where the registration can take place is activated during registration periods and announced accordingly). After completing the registration, the students, together with their advisor, use the same program and perform the authentication procedure.

23. What is Interactive Grading / Grade Submission system?*

The Interactive Grading Program System is the program which facilitates the grade entry of all the students who have taken the course, by the professor who has given the lectures (the access to the web address where the grade entry is done is activated at the end of the term and announced accordingly).

24. What is Grant Application and Evaluation Project?

This application has been developed to shorten the process and to make it easy for decision makers to go through the process with less effort. For applications the https://ozlukbilgi.metu.edu.tr link will have to be used.

25. What is Online Tuition System?

When the tuition payment is deposited in any branch of any of the contracted banks by the students, the information is recorded on the central data base of the university. That is how information about payments are followed up and checked.

26. What is ÖYP Application System?

With the ÖYP Application system, making an application, its evaluation, its acceptance and university preferences and authentications are performed. The Presidency, institutes, departments, universities and the applicants are the user groups. The address is (https://oyp-basvuru.metu.edu.tr/OGRENCI/).

27. What is The Course Evaluation Survey?

The survey which has been developed in order to get feed back for the course conducted and presented by the academic staff is filled in by the students. The software is accessible from the https://evaluation.metu.edu.tr address when it is activated.

28. What is Mobile Student Affairs Information System?

The Mobile Student Affairs Information System is an application developed so that the students can get access to any information using mobile technology tools. It enables the students to find out about grades and tuition payments using the short message services via their cell phones. The address is (https://moibs.metu.edu.tr).

29. What is The E-Catalogue System?

A new data base has been designed for the Academic Catalogue of the university and it has been provided with the necessary information from the databases of ÖİBS, PDB, Academic CV. The E-catalogue application may be accessed from the https://catalog.metu.edu.tr address.

30. What is The Staff Roster (an information bank of the staff)?

A software has been devised to provide information about academic staff regarding their papers, research, awards, arbitration etc. relying on the Academic CV database via the web, sorted in name – last name and department (http://staffroster.metu.edu.tr/). Info at this address can be accessed by Google search engine.

31. What is Finance Follow Up (PAYS) System?

The (PAYS) system was devised and activated for the use of the Circulating Capital Accountancy to; define projects, seminars, experimentation and consultancy activities carried out by the professors and their departments conducted for companies and corporate, and the revenues / expenditures (payment charts, advance pays, procurement, travelling expenses) arising from these activities; enter these into accounts, obtaining the official documents; follow up projects that are without Circulating Capital contribution; follow up the proportions and cuts of the completed transactions; provide reports in accordance with user authorization; enable supervision via a web based interface according to group authorization (project head, department chairperson, circulating capital head, dean, president).

32. Where to consult, to trouble shoot problems about the services supplied by the CC, or to convey points of view?

The CC provides general support to users at any level. Operators and consultant students are always present at the PC rooms with the purpose of answering probable questions. Moreover you can always e-mail to pc-onerimetu.edu.tr for your suggestions and proposals. For topics that need further expertise the mentors at the CC User Support Group may be consulted. For immediate help, calling 210 33 55, the "Hot-line" service support is possible on week days between 09:00-17:00 hours, e-mailing hot-linemetu.edu.tr or applying to the hot-line services office in person are other possible options to get help. Users can also make use of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) page.

*For the problems encountered with or suggestions about the services mentioned in clauses 20-28 you can e-mail to registermetu.edu.tr which is monitored by the Student Affairs as well.