This is a drop-in laboratory that serves all CSS courses that require Windows software and to accommodate software, multimedia, and gaming development using Windows-based tools.
The lab has 16 Dell Optiplex 9020 computers running Windows 7. 14 of the workstations are configured in a 'standard' dual monitor setup while two of the workstations are configured to facilitate teamwork, with four monitors in a 2x2 configutation.
There is also one machine housed in an "e-podium", along with a variety of audio-visual equipment, and connected to a ceiling-mounted data projector. The e-podium is used for seminars, tutorials, demonstrations, and group design reviews, as well as social activities sponsored by student organizations (such as movie and gaming nights). The Windows Laboratory also has hardware and software for interactive media development on its two XBox 360 consoles.
Software available on laboratory computers includes:
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Community software development environment, including the DirectX SDK, .NET Framework SDK, and XNA Game Studio 4.
- BlueJ 2, Java JDK/JRE Version 6, Java3D
- SPSS, and Matlab mathematics and numerical computing environments
- CLIPS and JESS expert systems shells
- Adobe Suite CS4
- Microsoft Office 2013
- A wide range of multimedia, internet, and other utilities.
Besides the computer and A/V equipment, the Windows Laboratory has a large white board and number of tables and comfortable chairs for group projects, discussions, homework, and quiet study.
For more information about the Windows labs please visit the Windows Labs UWB CSS Wiki page.