CSEquipment

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Introduction

At Bryn Mawr College there are many unique opportunities to experience Computer Science through use of both software and hardware. Through the dedicated work of Professors Doug Blank, Deepak Kumar, and Dianna Xu, as well as System Administrators Matt Rice and Kordell Alexander, the Computer Science Department thrives. With such amazing staff, who make themselves easily accessible to the students attending Bryn Mawr, is it any surprise that the students at Bryn Mawr would also expect facilities to match? In matters of not only staff, but also the equipment, Bryn Mawr's Computer Science Department delivers.


Software

At the present time, the software is as up to date as possible: all computers contain current versions of Windows and Fedora. This means that all the computers in the Computer Science Labs are dual boot capable.

In order to increase the ease of completing class assignments, all the computers have been installed with the latest software for PYTHON, MYRO, LucidLife, NetLogo, Metacat, and Mathmatica. Text Editors gedit, emacs, Nedit, and Bluefish are also available.

There are moves toward the creation of the Computer Science Department's own wiki as well as constant student projects in the works.

Hardware

The Bryn Mawr Computer Science Department boasts of three computer labs: the AI/Emergence Lab, the Main Lab, and the Graphics Lab. Each lab's computer cluster has been named for a particular theme: the pioneer-computer cluster, the star cluster, and the mathematician cluster. There is one computer dedicated to access all the time and guaranteed to be on; however, it seems to not be well known amongst the student body.

Although it is possible to log into any of these computers remotely, the computers in the Graphics Lab are the only ones that are guaranteed to be on and booted into Fedora. The Main Lab primarily boots Windows. The AI Lab is notorious for "mysterious" shut-down of computers.

In addition to the computers, the Bryn Mawr Computer Science Department can also boast the ownership of AIBOs, webcams, touchtable, roomba, and peoplebot.

Rounding out the list of robots are the multiple scribbler robots available to not only the introductory CS110 class, but also to students with projects (such as thesis projects for seniors and independent study).

There is also a server cluster that is referred to as the Beowulf cluster.