Amherst IT provides two Unix servers for general use, Romulus and Remus. They provide the main interface to working with the College's traditional web server, and are also used to learn computer programming and for scientific research. There is also a computing cluster for resource-intensive projects that can be split into many independent or semi-independent tasks.
The Unix operating system was one of the first multiuser operating systems running on small computers, appearing in 1969. Educational institutions were early adopters, and they used it to develop a large number of programming and networking tools. Currently there are many different implementations of Unix, but one of the most common is called Linux. The College's Unix servers run the Linux implementation called CentOS.