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Requirement: Computing has always been an important part of the IR/PS curriculum. School policy at IR/PS now requires every student to have a notebook or "laptop" computer, to fulfill their work at IR/PS. Some classes even require the use of a laptop computer in the classroom. Every year, IR/PS establishes minimum and recommended laptop configurations. You can access these online at Computing Services.
Buying your Laptop Computer: IR/PS highly recommends you purchase a new computer for use during your time at UCSD. Many retailers offer models with warranties that meet the specifications mentioned above. The UCSD Bookstore Computer Center offers models that meet the IR/PS specifications at specially discounted prices. See the Computing Services page for a link to their IR/PS laptop site.
Laptop facilities: IR/PS has an electronic classroom specifically designed to support laptop use. The Gardner Room has 65 seats in a "case study" configuration with power and ethernet outlets at every seat. The Computer Lab is reconfigured to support 30 laptop users in addition to the school-owned computers in a training environment. The IR/PS Library has additional study locations to accomodate laptop users. You can connect to the UCSD Wireless Network available throughout the IR/PS complex and elsewhere on campus. When you connect to the UCSD wireless network, you must enter your UCSD AD Username and Password, the same credentials you need to get your UCSD email.
Connecting to the UCSD Network: UCSD has recently established minimum requirements that must be met before it allows any computer to connect to the network. Under these regulations, each computer on the network must, among other things:
When you bring your laptop to campus, the IR/PS Computing Services team will inspect it to make sure it meets these requirements before it will be allowed to connect to the UCSD network.