CSCF — Computer Labs


The following table provides the location, contents, and hours of operation of the CSCF-operated computer labs. The labs are mostly located on the third floor of the M&C building, with a few of them on the second floor.

People using the labs are expected to leave the lab in at least as good a condition as they found it. When garbage is left behind, furniture is damaged or removed, or computing equipment is dismantled, someone needs to make things right. Time and money spent keeping the labs in a usable state are resources we can't use to improve the student computing environment.

Please also see the corresponding list of MFCF computer labs, and the rules for use of the computer labs.

To use the lab machines requires either being registered in a CS course, or registered as a Math Faculty undergraduate student. Others will not be able to use the machines. The labs do not use Nexus.

Note: Lab operating schedules may vary due to maintenance and special events.

Mac Labs

These are Apple Mac OS X workstations, typically used for lower year courses. Over time they are being converted from iMac's to Mac Mini's.

Room # Station Type Usual availability Use
MC2062 30 Apple iMac Mon-Fri, 0800-2100 Booked for specific courses and events
General Math Faculty student access at other times
MC2063 30 Apple iMac Mon-Fri, 0800-2100 Booked for specific courses and events
General Math Faculty student access at other times
MC3003 65 Apple iMac 24/7 Booked for specific courses and events
General Math Faculty student access at other times
MC3004 31 Apple iMac 24/7 Booked for specific courses and events
General Math Faculty student access at other times
MC3005 32 Apple iMac 24/7 Booked for specific courses and events
General Math Faculty student access at other times
MC3027 32 Apple Mac Mini 24/7 Booked for specific courses and events
General Math Faculty student access at other times

Nettop Stations

These are lightweight Linux (Ubuntu) workstations intended to access either the linux.student.cs servers, or the windows.student.cs servers for any resource intensive computing.

Room # Usual availability Use
MC2061 31 Mon-Fri, 0800-2100 General Math Faculty student access
MC3022 30 24/7 General Math Faculty student access

Specialty Labs

Room # Station Type Usual availability Use
MC3007 20 Linux workstations 24/7 Graphics Lab — CS488 students only
MC3007 inner room 2 networking test benches 24/7 Networks Lab — CS[46]56 students only
4 workstations Networks Lab — CS856 students only
MC3018 17 nettop stations 24/7 Real Time Lab — CS452 students only
DC2577 5 Linux and a few Windows workstations 24/7 Software Engineering students only
DC2567 9 tables 24/7 Software Engineering students only
DC3335 13 Apple iMacs 24/7 Course Master's students only

Laptop Use

To facilitate the use of personal laptops in the labs, many have accessible power and networking. The power is available from power bars on the desks, usually shared with the workstations and displays. The networking in some is an RJ45 ethernet cable. In others it's an RJ45 port on the desktop; you have to bring your own cable. One lab has a video cable for the large monitors. And some have USB cables to the workstations.

General Access

Room Network Power USB Video
MC3027 yes yes yes yes
MC3003 yes yes yes
MC2061 yes yes
MC2062 yes yes
MC2063 yes yes
MC3005 yes
MC3004
MC3022

Specialty

Room Network Power USB Video
MC3007 yes yes
MC3018 yes yes
DC2567 yes yes
DC2577 yes

Automatic Closure of Computer Labs

Many of the CSCF computing labs are equipped with an automatic lockdown mechanism which allows them to be closed automatically at scheduled times. The purpose of this mechanism is to reduce our vulnerability to theft and vandalism by reducing the number of labs that are open when demand is low. The lockdown mechanism includes motion detectors to ensure that closed labs are empty, and locking mechanisms to ensure that the lab doors are secure. The systems are linked to the UW Police.

A warning alarm, which consists of a high-pitched tone accompanied by a warble every ten seconds, will sound in a lab approximately ten minutes before that lab's scheduled closing time. If you are in a lab when the alarm sounds, please log out of the system and leave the room immediately, taking your belongings with you. As you leave, please ensure that the lab door is closed behind you.

The automatic lockdown systems allow us to leave labs open longer than we would otherwise be able to, since we do not have to rely on staff to close the labs. Please observe the lab closing schedules. Ideally, you should leave a lab in advance of its closing time, but if you are in the lab when the alarm sounds, please follow the procedure described above and leave the lab quickly.

Holiday Lab Closures

The DC and MC buildings are usually locked for the holiday between the fall and winter terms. The labs are locked then as well, usually the day before the building closures.


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David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1

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