There are a variety of servers available for use in the CSE department. Some of these servers are general use servers (for use by faculty, staff, graduate students and visitors). Others are servers owned by research groups that provide common services for the research group or provide services for a specific project.
The first computers you will come in contact with are csefast.ucsd.edu (for faculty and staff), csegrad.ucsd.edu (for grad students) and cseguest.ucsd.edu (for visitors). All three of these computers provide pretty much the same service. So, it doesn't really matter which computer your home directory is located on. When you receive your CSE password (at orientation in the Fall or after you arrive and your paperwork is fully processed if you arrive at another time), you will be informed as to what computer your account has been provisioned on. These servers are fairly low power computers that allow you to store some files and do some simple programming that you may need for some of your classes. These servers will eventually be phased out and replaced with other computers.
There are Linux workstations in the APE lab. In addition to being able to go to the APE lab and sit down in front of these workstations, you can log into these computers remotely and make use of their computing power. The host names of these workstations are cseapel01.ucsd.edu through cseapel14.ucsd.edu. Please be kind when remotely accessing these workstations and leave some processing power available for the people who may be working on these computers in person. You can use the “w” command to see if others are logged onto the computers and you can use the “top” to see what is going on on the computers.
Each user has a small amount of space available to post web page about themselves and their research. The pages can be accessed on the Internet at http://www-cse.ucsd.edu/~USERNAME and http://cseweb.ucsd.edu/~USERNAME. To create content for this web page, login to csefast, csegrad or cseguest (based on where your account was provisioned). You can then place your HTML files in /cse/htusers/USERNAME. In addition to being able to place HTML files in this this directory, you can use PHP to a limited extent (older version of PHP, no database access).
In addition to local web space, your Google account provides a number of useful web facing services. You can consider using Google Sites to bring up a web site for yourself or your project.
If you have a research project that needs to do some large scale parallel processing, you may want to register for an FWGrid account (http://fwgrid.ucsd.edu). In addition to FWGrid, there are many other resources on campus (mainly at SDSC) that you can consider using for your research projects. Although there is no charge to use FWGrid, there may be a charge involved to use some of the other services around campus.
Each research group will have some servers of their own. CSEHelp manages some of them. Others are managed by the research group members. You should talk to other members of your research group to determine what resources are available to you and who is responsible for approving and provisioning accounts on those servers.