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Department of Computer Science

Computing Facilities as of Fall 2009

Student computing resources are provided by Information Technology Services (ITS). 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 Pentium based PCs in Drake, providing the Windows XP environment. Typical system configuration includes a 2 GHz Pentium IV processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 17" flat panel color monitor, an 80 GB hard disk, a DVD-RW drive, Gigabit network interface card, and SVGA graphics supporting 1280x1024 resolution. 100 of these are located in three classrooms, allowing use for laboratory classes, and the rest are in open areas. They support the Office 2007 Suite, Visio 2007, Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0, Visual Basic 6.0, Java 1.5, BlueJ IDE 2.2.0, Amzi Prolog 6, Python 2.5, and a variety of other multimedia and Internet tools, including a site license for several Macromedia and Adobe Suite software products. A Dell PowerEdge 1800 Server with Red Hat Linux ES 5 provides the UNIX environment used in some courses. The Dell server has two Xeon 3.0 GHz processors, 6 GB of RAM, and a 450 GB hard disk. It supports FORTRAN, C, C++, and Java compilers, Spim 7.3 MIPS simulator, PHP, MySQL, and Apache 2.2 web server. In addition, it supports KDE, which is an open source contemporary desktop environment for UNIX workstations. Pentium 4 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 a Linux laboratory and an assortment of other microcomputers including Macintoshes, various graphics devices, printers, and special-purpose equipment.

The Department of Computer Science operates two small laboratories. The Grace Laboratory that houses three 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. The Hardware Laboratory located in Smith Hall supports instruction in digital logic, computer networks, and security. Available equipment includes 20 DEX-1 digital logic trainer kits, 15 Pentium PCs and an assortment of Ethernet switches, wireless network adapters, and firewall routers. All offices of computer science faculty 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.