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SEL Multi User Server

The SEL maintains a set of powerful computers that students can use to run computationally intensive jobs without tying up their own desktop/laptop. To login see: SEL Multi User Server Guide


It is assumed that students will use their UW or CAE emails. For questions on establishing an email account with Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) or the UW Division of Information Technology (DoIT), see their websites/help staff. You can, however, easily send and receive email from any of the PC computers in the lab. Be sure to read your email as important lab announcements are sent by email.

Disk Space and Backups

See the Printers and Network Drives page for information on how to connect to the shared server on the S drive. Please do not use more disk space than you really need. Please delete any files that are unnecessary as soon as possible. Itís a good idea to keep multiple backups of important files. One repository for backups is your student account at CAE. Check with CAE about your allowed disk space.


  • The SEL owns several PC computers running Windows and have the common software packages installed (MS Office 2003). Also available: EES, TRNSYS.
  • Students are encouraged to use the software provided through CAE:
  • Please do not install any software on lab computers without talking it over with the SEL faculty. Same goes for installing software on the SEL server computer.
  • The server is our file, print, and web server and must be treated kindly. Please be especially gentle with this machine as it is vital to our operation.


Installing printers
The primary lab printer for use by SEL students is called Bigfoot (HP LaserJet IIISi) and is located in the main computer lab. You can print to this printer from any of the lab computers. Bigfoot is equipped to handle double-sided printing. Please use this feature as much as possible in order to conserve paper. You can choose to print on both sides of the page in most software applications by changing settings under the Print or Print Setup menus.

Lab policy is to allow only one official printing of any thesis or report. Further copying should be done at Bob's Copy Shop or some other printer.


If you're faced with the task of learning and using TRNSYS, start by reading and following along in the Introduction to TRNSYS manual. Follow this up by working through the examples in the back of the main TRNSYS manual. THEN, ask others for assistance.

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