Software Development Instructional Laboratory (SDIL)
The Software Development Instructional Laboratory (SDIL) is located on the second floor of the Mathematics Building in room 209 and is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. SDIL (pronounced cid-el) is specifically tailored for the introductory Computer Science courses. See the table below for a full listing of undergraduate classes potentially taught in this instructional lab.
List of Undergraduate Computer Science courses taught in SDIL
SDIL contains thirty-two thin clients networked to the department’s dedicated control room. Students use their university credentials to login to a remote environment running Oracle Enterprise Linux 5, which is configured with a vast assortment of commercial and open source software applications; a selection of which is highlighted in the table below.
Software Highlights Accessible from the SDIL thin clients
All software within the instructional lab is openly available to Computer Science students. The department’s IT Director maintains this lab and has full administrative privileges over these machines. These thin clients are capable of accessing much more powerful remote hardware. A detailed list of the available hardware resources is provided in the table below:
SDIL thin clients’ accessible hardware resources
SDIL is equipped with a High Definition multimedia projector permanently installed onto the ceiling. At 3500 lumens, this projector allows bright, clear presentations even in well lit environments. Whiteboards cover fifty percent of the wall space, offering plenty of writing area for students and instructors. Outdoor windows fill another twenty-five percent of the lab’s wall space, which provide ample natural lighting. The easternmost wall doubles as the projector’s screen and a writing space as it contains a whiteboard. This allows instructors the flexibility to write, draw, and interact upon projected images. For lab instructors, there’s a dedicated pod positioned in the front of the lab, equipped with a thin client attached to the projector via VGA, with an additional video connection available for an auxiliary laptop.
Instructor’s pod in SDIL
When SDIL is not occupied for courses or workshops, the room is open and available to Computer Science students as a public computer lab.