Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science

Getting Started

SCS Computing Facilities (SCSCF) is the principal technical consulting and support resource for the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. We offer a variety of information technology services to the SCS community including desktop computing, research computing, high performance clusters, as well as provide technical consulting (help), technical procurement (purchasing), and we collaborate closely with central campus technology groups such as Andrew Computing Services.

If you are new to SCS, welcome! We have prepared this page to be a good starting point for those new to our environment. This page contains a helpful set of links of the most commonly requested information, services and resources. In addition, you will find resources relevant to the greater university departments as relevant.  If you are a student, faculty or staff member with SCS, you can follow the "Quick Links" at the top-right corner of this page, which will take you to popular pages which provide relevant information and resources.

Accounts and access

SCS account information, security considerations, request forms and eligibility

Purchase a computer

Purchasing information, our purchasing application, recommended systems and more

Loaner laptop request form

Reserve a laptop loan from the SCS Help Desk

Getting help

Get help from our help desk (troubleshooting, software and more)

Network access

Information on our extensive wired computing and communications network available across campus, wireless configuration information and security considerations

Getting software

Software available through SCS-managed software stores, availability through campus software catalog and eligibility


Services offered, client configuration instructions, mailing list management and policies


Printer locations, printing configuration, authentication, SCS poster printing and more

Accessing AFS (Andrew File System)

File system information, how-to, AFS volume information


Personal Website

Personal web page information and policies

SCS Building Facilities

Room keys, building facility issues and requests

SCS Rooms

SCS room reservation system, layouts and audio visual equipment information

Important Contacts

Important contact information