The Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences maintains a data center, research and instructional labs, and computer classroom facilities. These facilities are housed in the Computing, Arts and Science Education (CASE) (Formally Engineering and Computer Science (ECS)) and PG6 Tech Station buildings on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus located in Miami, Fl. The facilities are maintained by a dedicated professional IT support staff as noted in the staffing section below. You can obtain assistance by emailing email@example.com or visiting our Technical Support office in CASE 258 during business hours.
The School provides computing services such as a file, computer, web, email, messaging, backup, print, and other computing services. Our networking services include a 10 Gigabit Ethernet core network that interconnects rack mounted switches and servers. All school desktop systems are connected by 1 Gigabit switched ports. Our network is highly redundant with multiple fibers and copper paths and is designed with routing fail-over capacity. We provide automated monitoring of our network and servers 24×7. The building subscribes to the university 802.11 WiFi network and the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences maintains a legacy research WiFi network. Our network interconnects at 10GBs to the campus backbone, which provides a 10GBs connection to the NAP of the Americas to provide for connections to Internet, Internet2, Florida and National Lambda Rail, and CLARA (South American Research) networks.
The Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences operates numerous laboratories for use by its students in Computer Science and Information Technology programs. Each lab computer typically contains a standard Windows 10 image that contains the necessary instructional support software. The Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences has dedicated servers for student files and/or computing service. Each student is given a default file storage quota of 25 GB of file storage space which can be increased based on instructor feedback. Available for instruction is a virtual node computing system hosted on multi-core servers, utilizing VMware, Xen and Virtual box for virtualization. Students can log-in remotely into several Linux and Solaris file and computer servers. The lab provides students with tables to utilize their own laptops, large LCD displays where students can connect their laptops to collaborate with others, and connect to the campus network via campus WiFi services.
Internet access is available from all FIU student residence halls, off-campus access is available via private ISP to Linux/Unix student file systems and computer servers 24/7 via ssh, sftp or scp.
Our systems feature a variety of open source, commercial development, and scientific software products from numerous vendors including IBM, Microsoft, ESRI, MathWorks, etc. We provide middleware technologies to support web services. Our environment takes advantage of hundreds of open source software solutions including Apache with full mods, PHP, Perl, and many others. Many of our shared infrastructures provide virtualization services.
In addition, students may receive free software to assist them with their instructional and home computing environment. Via the Microsoft Image Program (formerly DreamSpark) students receive Visual Studio.NET, MS SQL Server, IIS Server, and other OS/Desktop products. Microsoft Office Suite is available from FIU’s Microsoft Campus Office agreement. McAfee Antivirus software is available to all students to help students maintain a safe personal computing environment.
A free printing service is provided to the students taking courses in the School of Computing & Information Sciences. The printers are automatically added to your profile upon login and are located in various location such as CASE 141 (called ilab), ECS 237 (called pencil) ECS 241 (called venom) and in ECS 243 (called np237).
Tutoring is offered free of charge to all students enrolled in courses offered by the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences. Our tutors are undergraduate and graduate students who have generously offered to volunteer their time to help others. See our tutoring information here: https://www.cis.fiu.edu/students/tutoring/
ACADEMIC COMPUTER LABS – GENERAL USAGE POLICY
The Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciencese at Florida International University maintains computer labs for use by students enrolled in computer science and information technology classes offered by the School. Students taking such a course may use an account (described below) to use the lab. CIS establishes these policies to provide a secure, consistent and effective learning environment while ensuring that computer and information resources are used appropriately. This policy document applies only to the labs maintained by the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences and all users of ours. Please note that this document is subject to change and will be reviewed and updated from time to time. Failure to abide by these policies may result in the loss of computing privileges or possible disciplinary action.
The CIS Academic Labs are staffed and managed directly by the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences. Technical Support Staff are hired by the school to assist students in the labs with account and system issues. Staff can be found in ECS 258 during business hours. Lab users can obtain technical support or pose a general question by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Steve Luis, CIS Director for Technology (email@example.com) oversees all operations of the CIS Academic Labs and is responsible for the staffing and maintenance of the labs.
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