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Programs of study and research through the doctoral level are offered by the department. A suitable background for admission to the graduate program is a bachelor's degree in computer science or a minor in computer science with a major in physics, engineering or mathematics. Applicants for computer science should have a strong interest in empirical research.
Research in computer science includes algorithms, parallel processing, computer vision, operating systems, performance evaluation, programming languages and environments, software engineering, distributed computing, real-time systems, computer networks, human-computer interfaces, and databases. A major emphasis is in the development of parallel and distributed computing systems. These research programs received a recent award of a $5 million NSF Institutional Infrastructure Grant for end-to-end systems design.
The department's computer facilities are primarily Unix and Windows based, centered around an FDDI Network connecting a SparcStation 10/51 file server with 60 Gbytes of storage, four computer servers for large non-interactive jobs (two SparcStation 10/51s, one SparcStation 10/512 and one SparcStation 10/514) and 3 SparcStation 10/514 systems supporting interactive users on X displays within the department and from home. We operate two Novell file servers supporting 86 486-based PC systems running DOS, Windows and software to support use of these systems as X display terminals. Additional facilities for interactive users are 35 monochrome X displays and 31 Sun SPARC systems (IPC, IPX, SparcStation 2 and SparcStation 10). Research in virtual reality and computer vision is supported on an R4000-50 VGX and an Onyx Reality Engine 2 manufactured by Silicon Graphics. Research in networks and interactive communications is supported on 3 SGI Indy systems connected to a dedicated FDDI ring. Parallel computing research is conducted on an 8-node SPARC cluster. The department also operates several Macintosh systems, a Quadra, an RS6000/250 and a Sun 3/280 in support of various projects.
Information Technology and Communications (ITC), a centralized University office, supports the operation of a large number of public workstation facilities. Approximately 500 workstations are located in a number of different locations on grounds and are available 24 hours a day. Most workstations are IBM-compatible PCs, and many of these provide an X-window interface to central, shared computer systems. In addition, ITC supports public Macintosh facilities, as well as public Sun and Silicon Graphics Unix workstations. The University's TCP/IP internet currently consists of over 50 departmental or building-level LANs connected to an optical fiber FDDI backbone. ITC supports a number of interconnected electronic mail systems, a Grounds-Wide Information System (GWIS), and the connection to the Internet.
The department operates a Systems Integration Laboratory to produce complete hardware systems. Cooperative efforts with the Electrical Engineering Department's Center for Semi-Custom Integrated Circuits allows the department to produce novel hardware systems in support of research.
The department offers four degrees: Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Master of Computer Science, and Doctor of Philosophy.
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