The Computing and Software Systems Program utilizes cutting edge technology and research tools as an integrated part of its curriculum. Enrolled students can access our CSS Windows and Linux Workstations during regular quarters. Lab hours are the same as building hours. Lab access for registered students begins on the first day or the quarter, and ends on the last day. CSS students working with faculty research have the opportunity to access the Embedded Systems and Networking Lab, and the Center for Integrated Teaching, Learning & Scholarship.
About Our Labs
The Computing and Software Systems Program is committed to maintaining laboratories that reflect the best that computer science has to offer. Their design reflects our understanding that they are not merely places to house computers -- they also serve as hubs for collaboration, discussion, seminars, and social activities. From a technical point of view, our laboratories offer a diverse mix of platforms and software that go beyond typical desktop computing. We maintain four computer laboratories:
Our Windows lab contains 17 Intel Core i7 and Xeon systems running Windows 7 (including three collaborative software development setups) and three XBox 360 gaming consoles. A full suite of software development software, plus specialized software to support various CSS courses, is available.
Our Linux lab has 16 3.4GHz Intel Core i7 desktop machines running Ubuntu 12.10 and a cluster of 8 dual-1.8GHz AMD Opteron 2210 1U rack-mounted servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux v5. As with the Windows lab, a wide range of development tools and more specialized software is installed. The Linux lab also has a small refrigerator and microwave.
The Embedded Systems and Networking Lab contains a variety of Intel workstations running Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Linux. It also contains Hewlett-Packard Logic Analyzers and 68000/ColdFire processor family Emulators, plus a range of networking hardware and isolated in-laboratory networking infrastructure.
Advanced Projects Lab (UW1-302)
The Advanced Projects Lab is available to student groups who are actively working on research projects with CSS faculty. It provides teams with a rich collaborative environment which consists of conference table, soft seating, mobile whiteboards, and tables with whiteboard surfaces.