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Computing on Campus

The computing environment at MIT supports an impressive array of information technologies and resources, many of them notable to MIT.

MITnet. The MIT Regional Optical Network—a 2,500-mile optical ring connecting Boston, New York City, and approximately 10 other locations—connects Institute researchers with peers in the region and beyond via key internet exchange points.

Mobility. MIT is a fully wireless campus with an extensive mobile web—m.mit.edu—featuring customized applications for the iPhone and Android platforms.

Devices. About 62,000 devices access MIT’s network regularly. Close to 90 percent of MIT students arrive on campus with a laptop or a mobile device (and often both), with a 2:1 ratio of Macintosh to Windows machines across the campus.

Kerberos. Kerberos was originally developed at MIT to secure network services on Athena, MIT’s main academic computing environment, and is now the widely adopted protocol for network authentication. The Kerberos Consortium was launched in 2007 to create a "universal authentication platform" to protect the world's computer networks. Athena provides academic software, courseware, and public computing facilities primarily to students.

Systems. Stellar, MIT's course management system, currently houses 1,000 sites containing course materials, assignments, and other class activities. WebSIS, the student information system, provides access to personal records, course information, and scheduling.

Support. The Central IT Sercive Desk handles approximately 200 telephone and email requests per day. Managed IT Support Services provides desk-side support to 35 departments, labs, and centers across campus. Additionally, an extensive knowledge base draws on the cumulative IT expertise at MIT to deliver approximately 8,000 articles of self-help information to the community.