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Department of Computer Science

Computing Facilities as of Fall 2013

Student computing resources are provided by Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS). The central facility is located in the ground floor of the Drake Memorial Library, which is generally open 7 days per week, an average of 12 hours per day. Students also have convenient access to computing resources at approximately 15 other computing laboratories throughout the campus. Connections to the campus network, and to the Internet, are available throughout the campus, including most dormitories. Wireless access is available in most academic buildings.

For many computer science and information systems courses, students use the network of about 120 PCs in Drake, providing the Windows 7 environment. Typical system configuration includes a Dell Optiplex 3010 with an Intel Core i5 3470 CPU @ 3.2 GHz clock rate, 4 GB of RAM, 220 GB of hard disk, a 17 wide screen color monitor, a one Gbps network card, and a DVD RW drive. 100 of these are located in three classrooms, allowing use for laboratory classes, and the rest are in open areas. They support the Office 2010 Suite, Visio 2010, Java 6, BlueJ IDE 3.0.9, Amzi Prolog 6, Python 3.1, and a variety of other multimedia and Internet tools, including a site license for several Adobe CS6 Suite software products. A Dell PowerEdge Server with Red Hat Linux ES 5 provides the UNIX environment used in some courses. The Dell server has two Xeon processors. It supports FORTRAN, C, C++, and Java compilers, Spim MIPS simulator, PHP, MySQL, and Apache web server. Windows PCs are used to access the UNIX server, through the XMing terminal emulator or the PuTTY software. In addition, students also have easy access to an assortment of other microcomputers including Macintoshes, various graphics devices, printers, and special-purpose equipment.

The Department of Computer Science operates a small laboratory. The Grace Computer Laboratory that houses four PCs, two networked printers, a scanner, and a color laser printer is located close to the computer science faculty offices and is used to provide help to students or in faculty-guided undergraduate research. In addition, four Google 7 tablets and four Google Nexus 4 phones are available to support independent study projects by students on Android app development. Offices of all computer science faculty memebers are equipped with IBM-PC compatibles with connections to the campus network and the Internet. Most classrooms used for computer science and information systems instruction have the capability of in-class computer demonstrations.