Last Updated: 14 Sep 2016
Making a Request
The desired mechanism to submit requests for anything is via the RequestTracker tool.
If you want to:
Planning for Use
The use of lab facilities must be planned well before the quarter starts to ensure adequate time for purchase, installation, updating, reconfiguration and testing of software and hardware and to avoid or lessen conflicts with other uses of lab facilities.
The lab facilities are a shared resource. General development labs are designed to support drop-in use by authorized students. The same software environment is available on each computer so that the student can choose any available seat.
Most software packages are installed locally versus on a central server. The reasons for local installation are as follows:
Because most labs are intended to be open 24x7 during the quarter, changes to the labs need to be controlled. Most of the lab changes are done between quarters (during breaks). Students may not have access to the labs during the breaks to allow lab staff time to add, update or reconfigure software, hardware and furniture for use in the upcoming quarter.
All of the time during break is spent doing planned changes -- there is no time for planning during the breaks, as it takes the entire break period to implement the changes.
There are currently (15 Sep 2015) about 90 desktop computers for "general development" use (for programming projects, mostly) and about 70 desktop computers for "teaching and research use". A collection of Virtual Computing Labs allow for custom network configurations, student system administration, classroom access to unsupported operating systems, etc.
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