The Department of CIS
maintains several computer laboratories in the Benjamin
Building 'A'. They are the
Open, Teaching, Sun, Security and Graduate laboratories. The computing
system also provides remote access through Microsoft Terminal Services and
centralized application service.
The server facility consists of four Dell PowerEdge
servers, a SunFire V880 Server, two SunFire 280R servers, and one SUN Enterprise 450 on an
Ethernet LAN to provide e-mail, Web, and other Internet services to the
students. The servers in the server facility also provide client-server
applications such as Oracle 8i, MATLAB, and Micro Focus COBOL, as well as Gnu
C Compiler (gcc) and other Gnu software.
The Graduate Laboratory was established to develop further research efforts
in distributed computing. Faculty and students use this lab with over to
conduct research in real-time systems, heterogeneous distributed databases,
formal architectural specification, design of real-time distributed
systems, information retrieval, fuzzy logic, software testing, and spoken
language interfaces. A robotics
research component has been added to this lab as well. In conjunction with Carnegie-Mellon
University research into robotics
and their control is being conducted.
Based on a National Science
Foundation grant, a Security Lab has been established. Built around networking equipment donated
by the Cisco Corporation, this lab is involved in teaching and researching network
security issues and practices.
The Department of CIS maintains a CIS Open Laboratory consisting of 48 of
Pentium 4 computers on a MS Windows 2003 Local Area Network (LAN). The
workstations are configured with Microsoft Office 2003 Professional,
SUN JD, MicroFocus Cobol, Eclipse, MS .Net,
Microsoft Visual Studio, and Visio. This laboratory is available to CIS
students and university students taking science related CIS computer
courses. Students may use this laboratory for microcomputer applications,
COBOL, Database, and IS Project Courses.
The Department also maintains a Teaching Laboratory consisting of thirty-one
Dell GX280 Pentium 4 computers on a Windows LAN. The Teaching Laboratory
provides an environment for hands-on instructional courses. Workstations
are configured the same as those of the General Laboratory with some
additional software as required by the courses, e.g. Train & Assess IT.
The Sun Lab consists of 8 SUNBlade 1500s, 10 Sun Java workstations, and 8 Dell GX280 workstations. This laboratory is used mainly by faculty and student
research in software engineering and students taking data communications,
microcomputer applications, and C, C++, JAVA, and ADA programming. It is
configured as a client/server system.