As a computing major, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art lab facilities equipped with the latest hardware equipment and software development tools.
Facilities and Equipment
Two large labs set up with peer programming and shared learning in mind, stocked with:
- 16 Dell Latitude E6420 and14 Dell Latitude E4500 with a dual-booting configuration to run Windows 7 and Fedora 17.
- Additional external USB monitor and keyboard and two mice for each Dell Latitude E6420 to improve collaboration on team projects.
- 60 dedicated Ethernet data ports to allow for network design experiments.
- Wireless access for all 30 client computers and any personal computing device that students bring in.
A spacious server room equipped with:
- Three Dell PowerEdge server computers, Ethernet data ports, and networking gear to provide instructional support for the Computing Technology courses.
- A stack of 10 Dell PowerEdge server computers running a Linux server operating system to run experiments in the Capstone Project course.
- Four monitoring consoles to optimize system and network administrative operations.
Two server clusters:
- Speech Server Cluster consisting of a stack of 12 Dell PowerEdge servers running Red Hat Linux server operating system to run Speech experiments in the Capstone Project course.
- GPU Computing Cluster is under construction, made possible with a recent grant from NVIDIA, the world leader in visual computing. The state-of-the-art cluster will allow students to analyze medical imagery, explore models of speech and leverage GPU computing and CUDA C/C++ in their courses.
Our lab laptops are powerful development platforms configured to run a large variety of tools and utilities. Visit our Lab Laptops Software wiki page for a complete list of installed software products.
- A private cloud of four to eight virtual machines running Windows and Linux server operating systems, managed with VMware vSphere, is updated each semester to meet course instruction and student project needs.
- Server applications and run-time environments (BinNami and XAMPP) are configured to provide MediaWiki, Apache web, and MySQL database services.
- Shared network drives and staging server virtual machines support student project activities.
- OpenComputing public wiki, set up to share computing resources and document student projects.
- A Balsamiq academic license offers mockup building tools to design user experiences for course projects.
- A Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDN AA) membership gives students access to Microsoft developer and designer tools software.
Social Media Resources
Our computing technology LinkedIn group and Facebook page support an energetic and caring community of computing professionals with UNH Manchester ties.