Summary of Changes

After July 1, 2022 RUCIT will be permanently shutting down the following Linux servers:

  • apps.camden.rutgers.edu – a Linux virtual desktop server
  • clam.rutgers.edu – a Linux file/web server for students
  • clamshell.rutgers.edu – a Linux timeshare server for students
  • crab.rutgers.edu – a Linux file/web server for faculty and staff
  • crabshell.rutgers.edu – a Linux timeshare server for faculty and staff

Affected Services

The services previously provided in limited form by the servers listed above are now available through larger enterprise-class systems and services that are listed below.

Linux virtual desktops

Linux virtual desktop services are available to the entire Rutgers community through the Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC) and their Amarel advanced computing environment. Documentation about the Amarel virtual desktop services is available in the Cluster User Guide under Using the Open OnDemand interface and Using the FastX interface. For information about getting an account on Amarel in order to use the virtual desktop services, please refer to the Getting Access section of the user guide.

Linux network file services

Storage of files for Linux services provided by Amarel are local to the Amarel system. You can read more about storage file sets and how to use them in the Amarel user guide. Members of the Rutgers community also have access to multiple cloud-based file storage services.

Linux web services for personal and research sites

Rutgers University offers a variety of web hosting options, most of which are running on cloud-based services.

Students may create personal web sites using Google Sites via their ScarletMail accounts. Student organizations in Camden are encouraged to utilize the Engage platform to host their organization’s web site, but they may also request a group template site on the sites.rutgers.edu WordPress-based service.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to utilize the sites.rutgers.edu WordPress-based service for their personal or research group web sites. Camden faculty and staff may also request a site on the people.camden.rutgers.edu WordPress-based service, which uses a site template supported by Camden IDT. Please contact Camden IDT if you are interested in a site using their supported template.

Linux timeshare services

Linux timeshare services, which include job scheduling (batch) and distributed (parallel) computing services, are available to the entire Rutgers community through the Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC) and their Amarel advanced computing environment. Documentation about the job scheduling and parallel computing features of Amarel can be found in the Cluster User Guide under the Job scheduler (batch system) section.