Department Resources


Research and Laboratory Facilities:

Faculty and students in the Department of Systems and Computer Science enjoy large open-plan spaces designed to support collaborative research and facilitate social and intellectual interaction. The Department's computing infrastructure is separate from the rest of the college and supports all administrative, research, and educational needs. In particular, the Department maintains seven state-of-the-art computing labs with high-performance computing clusters, simulation platforms, telecommunications, and graphics/multimedia workstations. All laboratories are equiped with high speed wireless access. The seven major departmental teaching and research facilities consist of the:



Undergraduate PC Laboratory
Software Development LabSoftware Development LabSoftware Development LabSoftware Development Lab
 The Will Craven Systems Laboratory
 Craven LabCraven LabCraven LabCraven Lab
 Advanced Computing Laboratory
 Solaris / Linux / HPC Laboratory
 Sun LabSun LabSun LabSun LabSun LabSun Lab
 Computer Networks Laboratory
 Network labNetwork labNetwork labNetwork lab
Multimedia Applications Laboratory



The Department has good relations with most major computer technology companies. It has recent equipment grants and software technology transfer agreements from Intel, IBM, Microsoft, HP, Sun, and Lucent, among others.

Software Download Area

: Faculty and students can download software provided by Microsoft and other industry partners from the following portal. Mr. Derssie Mebratu (SCS Systems/Network Engineer) provides usernames and passwords to all faculty and current SCS students.

A list of the available software already installed can be obtained here.

Other Facilities:

Faculty and students also have access to laboratories with the latest cyberinfrastructure technology. These laboratories consist of an ensemble of resources including multimedia large-format displays, presentation and interactive environments, and interfaces to Grid middleware and visualization environments. These resources are used to support group-to-group interactions across the Grid. The technology includes:

Student from across the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Science also have access to the Computer Learning and Design Center (CLDC). Inside of CLDC, the students learn the backbone of hardware and software, such as the operation and concentrators and routers [hardware devices for networking], and get first-hand experience in managing software tools. CLDC's daily operations are managed by students, whose network education compliments their formal engineering studies. Student operators are responsible for the overall network setup, PC Windows, MAC "choosers," as well as every link, application, modem, operating system, workstation, and printer along the way.

In addition, students have access to the university computing facility known as the iLab.Students enjoy access to an abundance of heterogeneous equipment (i.e. Macs, PC, Sun Unix, and Linux).