Our department is housed on the west wing of the first floor of
the new Fairbanks Center for Communication and Technology. We have
two computer labs in our departmental area:
- Instructional Lab (FB148)
- This lab has 16 new Dell Pentium IV PCs running Windows 2000
and 4 new Sun UltraSparc workstations running Solaris. This lab is
used as a classroom for most of our upper division courses.
Students majoring in our department are able to swipe their
student ID to give them 24-7 access to the lab whenever the
building is open. We keep a small fridge and microwave in the lab
for late night snacks.
- Research Lab (CeASER,
- This lab has 8 new Dell Pentium IV PCs running Windows 2000 and
one SUN UltraSparc workstation running Solaris. This lab is for use
by students working on research projects in software
We also use two computer labs in Jordan Hall for teaching our
100- and 200-level courses: a PC lab of 25 machines in Jordan Hall
037, and a MacIntosh lab of 20 machines in Jordan Hall 041. These
two labs are shared with other departments on campus.
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Most computers on campus are networked with thomas and other
servers, located in the Information Technology
Department on the third floor of Holcomb. Thomas is a
4-processor Sun server running Solaris. All Butler students are
given accounts on thomas; thomas is used for web pages and for most
of our coursework.
All dorm rooms on campus have network connections, giving them
the same level of access as the various labs. If you bring your own
computer, make sure it has an ethernet card so you can plug in to
There are also open network connections in Fairbanks for your