One of the main goals of the Physics Department is to provide all members the resources needed to develop their activities.

The following briefly describes the computer resources currently available to the Department:



The Physics Department has one (1) computer room that can be used by students from the physics department, to carry out various academic activities. This room, called COMPUFÍSICA, besides being of service to students, is also used for undergraduate and graduate classes that require computing practices.

COMPUFÍSICA room, currently has twenty-five (25) computers, a printer and a scanner. Compufísica runs on Linux platform (OpenSuse) supporting parallel programming using PVM and MPI. Similarly, there exists a server used exclusively for undergraduate students (CHAMBACU) with 36GB capacity hard disk and 1GB memory.

Graduate students are located in building I commonly known as The Chapel. Doctorate students are located on the second floor and Masters students on the first floor. Each student has a good performance computer assigned permanently. Students also have Students have also one (1) printer and one (1) scanner available. The computers run on Linux (Scientific Linux 5 and CentOS 5) and Windows (Windows XP or Windows 7).

On the other hand, the Department of Physics has a computer center located in building B in which there are four (4) servers dedicated to administrative duties, six (6) servers dedicated to the UNIANDES GRID project, three (3) servers for the Department's research groups and a Blade infrastructure consisting of 80 processing cores, 160 GB of RAM and 5TB effective storage that is used to virtualize students´ permanent desktops and a Rocks cluster of High Performance Computing (HPC).

Administrative staff and the Department´s full time Professors are also an important part of the center; therefore, each one of them is assigned a good performance computer in their office.


Students, faculty and the Department´s staff have, among other special software, the following software resources:

  • Mathematics 6.0 and 7.0.
  • Matlab 2009.
  • Compilers such as C, C + + and Fortran.
  • WinEdt for LaTeX on Windows.
  • Particular use software such as gnuplot and xmgr.
  • And all the additional software under the GNU project content.

Additionally, and according to the agreements that the Universidad de Los Andes has with different software companies (for more information go to Students, faculty and employees have access to the following Campus Agreement licensed software among others:

  • Microsoft Windows (última versión).
  • Microsoft Office.
  • Acrobat Professional.
  • Suite de Macromedia.
  • AutoCad.
  • PowerZip.

All this software is to be used in tasks related to work done inside the Universidad de los Andes. The acquisition of such software may be ordered directly from the DTI or you may also ask the systems administrator of the Department of Physics.

For security reasons and to avoid loss of hardware and software, intruder (hacker) attacks to the rooms and to the characteristics of the various tasks done in each of these rooms, the rooms are kept separate. Therefore, each room has its own rules of use, and each room should be occupied by students from their respective program.

Any additional software required to be installed according to the needs should have previous approval from the department's systems administrator.

Rules and Regulations, Compufísica.

Computing Rules and Regulations.

Manual for the use of Cluster