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Computing Resources


The Computer Science IT department maintains hardware that is used for teaching and general research purposes. We have two student labs in total, one on the PGH 5th floor and one on the 3rd floor. The 533 PGH lab contains 24 seats of Windows 10 PCs with 23-inch monitors. The lab in 376 has 40 seats of Windows 10 PCs with 23-inch monitors, available on Fridays. Other than these two labs for providing users Windows and Linux environments and software, the department also maintains several Symmetric multiprocessor systems (SMP) and computational clusters.

In addition, an instructional platform (8 core SMP, 8 GB RAM) running Linux OS is available to students that are required to do UNIX programming as part of the CS courses. For general research purposes, the department also offers entry-level SMP systems and clusters.

To apply an account on the SMP systems, send an email to and faculty authorization is required for the account application.


These pages document the software installed in the Computer Science software repository at the University of Houston. The repository contains a number of software libraries which can be used in many different applications on a variety of computer platforms existing in the department. Most of the freely available compilers and software tools are installed on the lab machines, as requested by the course instructors and students. The following list indicate the major, proprietary software available in the CS labs for students to use freely.

  • Matlab R2013
  • WindRiver Tornado
  • Oracle Database Server
  • MS SQL server
  • MS Azure
  • Visual Studio 2010
  • Lockdown Browser

For code revision control, the department also operates a Subversion repository for students and the various research groups.

In terms of software, the CS department is part of the MSDNAA alliance and hence enrolled students can check out various Microsoft software (such as Operating systems, database servers, IDEs) for free. The distribution is made online via the DreamSpark distribution portal. Students requiring access to DreamSpark can send the requests to Laura Milller ( Other common software (Antivirus, MS Office etc.,) can also be downloaded from the UH IT software website by enrolled students.