The fiber optic-based campus data network permits all computing systems on campus, including those in the Department of Computer Science, to communicate with each other. More than 2,000 personal computers and high-level workstations at several campus locations use the network and central computing facilities. The network can be accessed from off campus by a dialup and VPN services.
Faculty, staff, and students make extensive use of these facilities, which provide access to the Internet and therefore to computing resources throughout the world. At both the Department and University level, these computers provide a wide selection of languages and tools.
Within the Department, a variety of equipment is available for faculty and graduate student use. An open graduate student lab, a student lab, and teaching lab, running Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Linux Operating Systems. In addition, the computer classroom with removable hard drives that enable multiple operating systems to be run, giving students exposure to many platforms. The department also maintains a cluster of dual processor Linux servers. Faculty also have laboratories to focus on specific areas of research and contain state-of-the-art equipment.There are resources beyond computing equipment, of course. The University's Science Library has an extensive collection of over 8,000 computer-related volumes. In addition, the library maintains subscriptions to numerous journals in computer science and related areas of mathematics. The computer science collection is supported by a strong reference library and includes major collections of technical reports.