There are over 160 computers and 7 printers available to students.
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Installed on each IBM compatible PC running Microsoft 7 is Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and Visual Studio .NET. Some machines may have additional software installed to meet the demands of a particular class. Each lab computer has a DVD drive.
Each Linux box is an Intel hardware platform currently running an up-to-date version of Linux. PCs running Linux are available via the network. In addition, 2 Linux servers with 2 quad core processors and 16 Gb of memory are available via the network. These machines are capable of hosting more than 50 simultaneous linux users each.
All the computers in the labs are connected by gigabit ethernet circuits to the campus network as a whole.
Two servers dedicated to running Windows terminal services are also available over the network. Using remote desktop, a student can connect to one of these servers and get a desktop and software which is almost the same as on the general lab PCs. These servers run on hardware similar to the linux machine described above, and support over 90 simultaneous connections. These services are offered as a part of the Computer Science Department's continued commitment to push the boundaries of remote access computing. A student with a good broadband connection at home should be able to do most homework assignments remotely.
In addition to the equipment described above, there are about 20 various servers and virtual machines operating "behind the scenes" which control all this equipment and offer additional services.
The department also operates a beowulf cluster which consists of 16 servers with a total of 128 processor cores. Each server has 32 gig of RAM, or 4 gig per core. These machines run Linux, and are used by our classes in parallel processing and for some research projects.
A worker, usually a Computer Science student, will be in the lab during all to assist in using the computers. The lab worker is not responsible for helping students in their programming assignments. The phone number for the lab is 898-2144. Any student interested in becoming a lab worker should fill out an application for Spring and Fall or Summer and put it in the Lab Manger's mailbox in the Computer Science department office in KOM 306.
The operating hours during fall and spring semesters are
|Monday through Thursday||7:30 AM to 9:15 PM|
|Friday||7:30 AM to 4:00 PM|
Hours may be extended in the latter weeks of the semester to meet the demand of student projects.
The operating hours during summer session I vary. During summer they are (tentatively):
|Monday through Thursday||8:00 AM to noon|
The operating hours during summer sessions II, III, and IV are (tentatively)
|Monday through Thursday||8:00 AM to 2:00 PM|
The lab is closed during finals week and the following holiday breaks: Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day,
Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, Semester Break, and Spring Break.
When are computers available?
Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis during all open hours.
How can I get access to the remote systems?
Go to https://mgt.cs.mtsu.edu/aru/ and fill out the application. You must have a current Pipeline account to be eligible.
Can I install programs of my own on the workstations?
No. No software may be copied to or from any PC without special permission from the Lab Manger or Department Chairperson.
Can I copy programs on the workstations and take them home to use on my own computer?
No. Under no circumstances will software piracy be condoned. However, the Computer Science Department has a license with Microsoft that may permit you to install certain software on your home computer. Contact the Lab Manager for more information.
What kind of media does each machine use?
Machines will accept USB flash drives. We no longer support floppy disks.
Can I listen to music in the lab?
Yes. All PCs have internal CD-ROM drives capable of playing audio compact discs. One is permitted to bring music CDs and personal headphones to listen to music provided that it does not disturb or interfere with others or the equipment. Note that no speakers are attached to general use systems in the lab due to the risk of loud interference to others. Headphones are not provided by the lab, you must bring your own.
I want to be a lab worker. Where do I sign up?
Any student interested in becoming a lab worker should fill out an application for Spring and Fall or Summer and put it in the Lab Manger's mailbox in the Computer Science department office in KOM 306.
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