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The Computer Science Department, via the Computer Facilities group (CSD-CF), operates several large computer systems and clusters for education, research and administration.
These systems, together with many other research computers, are connected to SUNet -- the University's network -- and through that to the Internet.
Laboratories within the department and Individual research groups also operate hundreds of workstations. Intel, Dell, and Sun Microsystems are among the most prominent vendors of the workstations. These systems are all connected by the department's network to the University backbone
For general use by CSD students, there is a main timesharing server plus a lab with a cluster of workstations. All of these machines are provided particularly for handling electronic mail, web browsing, and reading Usenet newsgroups. These systems are not for running CPU intensive processes, or for academic use (research or course work).
The primary server is xenon.stanford.edu, a CentOS virtual machine
The myths are NOT for research or long-running/CPU-intensive jobs. Research should be done on computers and/or compute clusters owned by the professor sponsoring the research. For long-running/CPU-intensive jobs see: http://itservices.stanford.edu/service/sharedcomputing/environments