In addition to all the hardware available to our students, we provide access to a number of additional resources.

  • Google Apps for Education: As part of the department, you will receive a Gmail account which is part of our domain. As part of this program, you will have access to email, chat, shared calenders, and much more. Additionally, you will have an Google Drive account with unlimited online storage.
  • Microsoft Imagine: (Formerly known as Dreamspark) This is a Microsoft program which supports technical education by providing software for students, faculty and computer labs. Using this resource, students in our department can download Microsoft software packages such as Windows Servers, Visual Studio, Microsoft operating systems and more.
  • VMware Academic Program: This is a VMware program which provides one year licenses to their various virtualization products including vCenter, ESXi, Fusion and Workstation.
  • Student Managed Servers: We have additional ESX servers configured to host dedicated servers for both students & student organizations. If you find yourself needing a server for a special project, a simple request will often get your the resources you will need.
  • Virtual Reality Technologies: The department has both a HTC Vive and a Oculus Rift + touch and development tools shuch as Unity, UDK and more. We have departmental accounts with a number of different games, simulations and software for students to experience the full potential of this technology.
  • Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center: The department maintains an account which allows us to utilize the resources of PSC. For in-house development & testing purposes, our classroom machines can be configured to support clustering using either openMPI or MPICH2 software.
  • VPN Access: Student can use our VPN server to connect to all department resources from anywhere in the world using the same account credentials they use in our labs.
  • Hands-on functional computer museum: We have working machines if you want to take a step back in time. From our TRS-80 and Tandy-1000 to our 386 machines running DOS 3.3 & Windows 3.1, we have machines which you haven’t seen for awhile. Additionally we have a first generation Pentium with OS-2 Warp and some vintage Macintosh machines based off Motorola 68K series processors. We have recently received donations of a PDP/11 and a MicroVAX which we hope to have available soon.  
  • ACM Digital Library: The digital library provided by the Association for Computing Machinery. You can use this resource to access technical journals and academic papers.
  • Useful Software: This is a listing of some of the most useful software we have found:
    • 7-Zip: A Windows utility for working with nearly every compressed file format.
    • MobaXterm: A utility which brings the key Unix commands to your Windows machine. It allows for multiple tabbed sessions and supports X11 sessions.
    • Notepad ++: A full featured text editor for Windows.
    • Putty: An down an dirty terminal program for Windows.
    • RealTerm: A nice terminal program which has more options than you will know what to do with.
    • SFTP NetDrive: A nice tool which allows you to utilize our SSH servers to mount your CS&E home directory on your Windows machine from either on or off campus.
    • If there is something you think is great, let us know and we will add it to the list!
  • MobilePrint: Using this web-based utility, students have access to all the campus printers from any devices, including the computers in the CS&E labs. For directions, please review THIS documentation.