Overview

The department maintains a number of spaces, with desktop computers, for both general computing purposes as well as for course-specific purposes. There are also Linux and Windows servers available for special-purpose projects.

General purpose labs are available for any use that furthers student educational goals.
Special purpose labs are limited to use by students enrolled in specific courses.

These lab spaces are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to all CSE students and others enrolled in CSE major and graduate courses, subject to weekly maintenance, course restriction, or existing reservations.

CSE’s instructional lab facilities have been equipped largely through the generous support of UW Student Technology Fee and the Intel Corporation. More details here.

Faculty or staff may, on occasion, reserve a lab for instructional purposes or special events (final project demos, public-school visitors). Please use the CSE Room Reservation System to make or view room reservations.

Weekly Maintenance and Lab Closures

The instructional labs will be closed for maintenance on the following schedule, allowing us to keep the computers up to date with security and application patches, and to accomodate changes in instructional software needs during the quarter.

  • CSE 002 Closed 2:00am - 6:00am Saturday morning.
  • CSE 006 Closed 2:00am - 6:00am Sunday morning.
  • CSE 022 Quiet Computing Zone Closed 2:00am - 6:00am Monday morning.
  • Animation Lab Closed 2:00am - 6:00am Saturday morning.
  • CSE003 Hardware Lab: Closed 2:00am - 6:00am Saturday morning.

Lab Etiquette and Notes

Unless otherwise posted, there is no time limit imposed on the use of instructional lab resources for course work. Locking the computer for brief periods of time is fine, but leaving it locked for a longer period of time is not - someone may reboot the computer and start using it if you're gone for too long.

Instructional lab users should familiarize themselves with our lab usage guidelines.

Quiet Computing Zone in CSE 022 is subject to the following additional policies: See Quiet Compute Zone policy.

Access to special-purpose labs is limited to students enrolled in animation, hardware design, and capstone courses, and use of these labs is only for course work in those courses.

Only one general-purpose lab will be closed for maintenance at a time, to ensure 24/7 availability. The regular maintenance allows us to keep the installed software up to date, and to accomodate changes in instructional software needs during the school year.

Hardware and Software

General-Purpose Labs

Allen Center 002 (The Aquamarine Suite)

  • 18 Dell Optiplex 7010 desktops
    (16GB RAM, i7-3770 CPU, AMD Radeon HD 7470 video, DVD+-/RW)
  • 10 Lenovo M93Z AIO desktops
  • 4 Dell-Precision T3600 GPU desktops

OS Mix: 17 Linux (CentOS 7), 15 Windows 10.

Room 002 also has six desks available for laptop use.

Allen Center 006 (The Orange Suite)

  • 10 Dell Optiplex 7010 desktops
    (16GB RAM, i7-3770 CPU, AMD Radeon HD 7470 video, DVD+-/RW)
  • 8 Lenovo M93Z AIO desktops
  • 5 Dell-Precision T3600 GPU desktops

OS Mix: 16 Linux (CentOS 7), 7 Windows 10

Room 006 also has four desks available for laptop use.

Allen Center 022 (The Green Suite)

  • 22 Dell Optiplex 7010 desktops
    (8GB RAM, i7-3770 CPU, AMD Radeon HD 7470 video, DVD+-/RW)
  • 3 Lenovo M93Z AIO desktops

OS Mix: 5 Linux (CentOS 7), 20 Windows 10

Allen Center 003 (Spaceship!)

  • 29 Lenovo M93Z AIO desktops

OS Mix: 9 Linux (CentOS 7), 20 Windows 10

Software Packages Installed on Lab Machines

General-purpose lab computers have the following software - Windows and Linux - installed on them.

Special-Purpose Labs

Animation Lab (Sieg 329 and Sieg 332)

  • 9 HP Z230 desktops
    (16 or 32GB RAM, single 3.6GHz CPU,NVIDIA Quadro K2200 video)
  • 7 Dell Precision T3600 desktops
    (16GB RAM, dual 3.6GHz CPU, NVIDIA Quadro 600 video)
  • 7 Lenovo Thinkstation E32 desktops
    (16GB RAM, dual 3.4GHz CPU, NVIDIA Quadro 2000 video)
  • 4 Dell Precision T1700 desktops
    (16GB RAM, single 3.4GHz CPU, AMD FirePro W5000 video)

Hardware Capstone Lab (Allen Center 003E)

  • hardware will vary depending on course needs

General Capstone Lab (Allen Center 003D)

  • hardware will vary depending on course needs

Servers

Linux Servers

The Instructional Linux Cluster is known as "Attu". The cluster is comprised of four Dell PowerEdge R430s, each with two Intel Xeon E5-2670v3 CPUs (2.3GHz,30M Cache,9.60GT/s QPI,12C/24T) for a total of 48 cores and 128GB of RAM per box. You can ssh to attu.cs.washington.edu and be connected to one of the four servers. Alternatively you can directly connect to attu[1-4].cs.washington.edu. If you need to have long running jobs (e.g., hours/days of CPU time), please inform support@cs of your requirements/intentions. Otherwise it is possible that your jobs may be classified as "runaways" and will be killed (at worst) and stopped (at best) until it is made clear that they are actually performing useful work.

Windows Servers

The department has a set of sixteen virtual Windows servers available online. More information about the VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) is available.

Web / Database Servers

Web and database projects can be built and run on cubist.

Project Servers

These four servers – iprojsrv (Windows), amlia, kiska, umnak (Linux) – are assigned to specific courses on a quarterly basis, and usage policies are governed by instructors of those courses. In general, no more than one course will be assigned to a given project server. See the Course Computing list for current Project Server assignments.)