MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Educational Computing Facility
The MIT EECS Educational Computing Facility (ECF) is the information technology group for the department, focusing on the academic and administrative computing needs of the department. The ECF group takes care of system software, some applications software, file backups, hardware, local-area networks, workstations, and keeping the EECS computers running in general. We do not support research computing, though we try to keep in touch with other facilities in the Department and Institute-wide.
ECF maintains educational computing labs on the third, fifth and sixth floors in Buildings 38 and 34, and offers help to EECS faculty and staff for academic courses and projects. In addition, we help coordinate Athena usage by EECS courses, performing tasks such as obtaining and installing special software, managing certain fileservers, and working on special projects such as improving the multimedia capabilities of Edgerton Hall (34-101). The relationship with Athena is still evolving, but the general goal of ECF is to provide course-specific services that Athena does not provide.
For access or assistance with EECS computing resources, please feel free to contact any member of the ECF staff, listed below. Our office is located at 38-376 and is generally manned during regular business hours. We can be reached at (617) 253-4650 or via email.
ECF also tries to provide some computing resources to MIT at large. We maintain things such as a Usenet server and other guest services for some members of the MIT community. Many of these services are maintained by by our user community -- some of whom were one-time staff members of ECF.