The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science


The Watson computing group provides a flexible computing environment in support of the academic and research missions of the University.

We work with the campus Information Technology Services group to provide systems and services. Our deployment leverages physical systems and leading-edge virtualization technologies which are used to provide servers, services, desktops and data storage.


Donald Kunkel
Director of Information Technologies, Watson School

Christine Place-Sweet
Senior Programmer/Analyst

Phillip Valenta  
Senior Programmer/Analyst

Robert L Mess
IT Specialist

Ethan Wright
Desktop Administrator


Our offices are strategically placed at various locations around the campus. We have offices located in the Engineering Building, Engineering and Science Building (ITC) and the Technology Hub.

The school’s primary data center is located at the Innovative Technology Complex, one block east of the main campus.

Reference the campus directory for office locations and additional contact information.


The Data Center consists of three rooms of 1000, 484 and 468 square feet. The rooms utilize conventional raised floor air cooling. The largest room has been outfitted with sixteen water cooled Knürr Electronics GmbH, Cooltherm 25kW equipment racks. These racks provide the primary cooling for the installed equipment. The heat energy recovered from the data center cooling system is reused to pre-heat outside air as it enters the building ventilation system.

The data center leverages both physical and virtualization technologies to offer a flexible multi-tier computing environment to support research and the computing needs of the Watson School.

A YouVisit panoromic view of the data center can be seen here.

Our Three Tiers

Initial Tier

Intended for general desktop computing and provides 2D business graphic capabilities; both physical and virtual desktops are deployed in this environment.

Second tier

Provides access to software license servers, a robust computational environment for modeling and 3D simulation, and network file storage.

It is comprised of both physical and virtual servers, and high-performance graphic workstations. The graphic workstations are housed in the data center and accessed remotely using Teradici host cards. Included in the second tier, is a 120 TB network file server that supports the research and infrastructure needs. Faculty have access to network storage which is shared within their research group.

Third tier

Provides access to high-performance computing clusters. The cluster is comprised of a head node, 80 compute nodes, 39 TB of direct attached storage node, with common storage access to all nodes. 40 Gb/sec Infiniband Ethernet provides networking between nodes with a 1 Gb/sec Ethernet for management.

The cluster provides 1200 CPU cores with 7.5 TB of system memory.  The cluster currently supports MATLAB 2015b jobs up to 500 cores, VASP, COMSOL, R and almost any *nix based applications, running in a production environment.

Last Updated: 2/20/17