Department of Computer Science|Loyola University Chicago

Department of Computer Science

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Labs/Facilities

The CS Department provides state-of-the-art facilities at its home campus (Water Tower Campus) and jointly operates the laboratories at Lake Shore Campus with the Mathematics Department.

Hardware
All students have access to four fully networked computer labs along with home-directory disk space. Our labs include roughly 80 machines running Windows XP or dual-boot Linux/XP, on Pentium-class and state-of-the-art Athlon XP-class machines. Also, all labs support wireless access, and one lab is an interactive, wireless/wired lounge. A Linux cluster also provides distributed computing, and throughout both campuses, Loyola University Chicago has many computer labs with Pentium-class workstations.
Software
We support programming in C++, Java, Visual Basic, Lisp, ML and Haskell with development environments, instructor-provided accessories and programming support tools. We also support the databases Oracle and Access, the MAPLE mathematics package, various statistical and simulation packages, many utilities and Microsoft Office. You can use tools to develop Web content and Web-based services for your coursework and departmental personal Web pages.
Internet-2
The CS Department was part of a successful team that received funding to bring Internet-2 to Loyola University Chicago as a whole. This next-generation Internet allows students within the department to explore ideas such as cluster computing, grid computing, Internet telephony, and distributed scientific application development.
Emerging Technologies Laboratory
The Emerging Technologies Laboratory is a space where students can do experimental computing. Current projects within this laboratory include a computational cluster running Gentoo Linux, distributed handheld computing, and a Voice over IP laboratory.
Wireless
The entire department (faculty offices, computer labs, emerging technologies lab, and halls) are covered by 802.11g Wireless LAN. Students can use any wireless capable device on the LAN via a straightforward initial setup to register the device(s) "mac" addresses using a web page and the university universal ID (UUID).