Information about FIM PC labs and computing services.
FIM student computer labs are currently closed (remote access is still possible)
To counteract the spread of the corona virus, personal access to the FIM student computer labs is no longer possible since March 16th. However, some of the lab PCs remain switched on and can be accessed under LINUX via ssh, so that you will be able to work on the lab PCs via remote access. Access to graphical applications is also possible by using the display forwarding (X11 forwarding). Please note that the lab PCs can only be accessed from outside the university if you have previously established a VPN connection to the University of Passau.
In order to get an overview of the names of all available lab PCs please have a look at the website ciphosts.fim.uni-passau.de.
Example for establishing a ssh-conection to a FIM lab PC via SSH using the display forwarding option:
ssh -Y PC_NAME.fim.uni-passau.de
FIM student computer labs: LINUX version updated to Debian 10
September 2019: We have updated all lab PCs to Debian 10. For details please look at the change log in the german version of this webpage.
Using a Virtual Machine for you master thesis
If your own device doesn´t deliver the computational power you need for your master please ask the FIM-IT-Support for a dedicated Virtual Machine for that job. Just tell us the required specifications for this Virtual Machine (number of cores, RAM, Diskspace) and the chair you´r doing your thesis for.
FIM student computer labs: How to preserve your background job(s) when you log off
September 2019: In the FIM PC labs all background processes, including those started with tools such as "screen" or "tmux", are terminated by default when you log off. If you need longer running background processes for a project, you can use the "cip-run" command in the FIM labs. With this command you can start a program in such a way that it is not terminated at logout. Example: "cip-run tmux" will start a tmux session that "survives" logout.
Note that this does not work for graphical applications.
FIM student computer labs: Use of monitors for your own laptops
As the use of your own laptops in parallel or in addition to the lab computers is becoming more and more popular, some lab monitors are now available on which you can operate your own laptop. These monitors are accordingly marked as laptop monitors. All other monitors, keyboards and mice belong to the equipment of the lab computers and may not be operated on own laptops!
FIM student computer labs LINUX-OS: Migration to Debian completed
Since the beginning of the semester, the FIM student computer labs have been successively converted to Debian-LINUX (previously: Gentoo). This conversion has now been completed with the exception of some PCs in room K08b (left side seen from the main entrance). Until the end of the lecture period, we will continue to offer the previous Gentoo environment on these PCs, so that students will always find a functional environment for their current internships or dissertations. Please let us know in time if you still need individual computers with Gentoo after the end of July.
We paid a lot of attention in advance to make the same software packages available under Debian as before. If software for the upcoming courses is missing, please let us know by e-mail to "firstname.lastname@example.org".