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COMPUTER FACILITIES

The department computer facilities incorporate both Unix (primarily Solaris) and Microsoft Windows-based operat­ing systems on high end computing workstations for education and research. A number of file, printing, database, and authentication servers support these workstations, as well as the administrative functions of the department. Labs are primarily located in the Olin and Glennan buildings, as well as Nord hall, and are networked via the Case university network.

 

The Case university network is a state-of-the-art, high-speed fiber optic campus-wide computer network that intercon­nects laboratories, faculty and student offices,classrooms, and student residence halls. It is one of the largest fiber-to-desktop networks anywhere in the world. Every desktop has a 1 Gbps (gigabit per second) connection to a fault-tolerant 10 Gbps backbone. To complement the wired network,over 1,200 wireless access points (WAPs) are also deployed allowing anyone with a laptop or wireless enabled PDA to access resources from practically anywhere on campus.

 

Off campus users, through the use of virtual private network (VPN) servers, can use their home dial-up or broadband connections to access many on campus resources, as well as software, as if they were physically connected to the university network.The department and the University also participate in the Internet2 project, which provides a high-speed, inter-University network infrastructure allowing for enhanced collaboration between institutions. The Internet2 infrastructure allows students, faculty and staff alike the ability to enjoy extremely high performance connections to other Internet2 member institutions.

 

Aside from services provided through a commodity Internet connection, Case university network users can take advantage of numerous on-line databases such as EUCLIDplus,the University Libraries’ circulation and public access catalog, as well as Lexus-Nexus™and various CD-ROM based dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, and research databases. Many regional and national institutional library catalogs are accessible over the network, as well.

 

Microfabrication Facilities

The Microfabrication Laboratory (MFL) is a state-of-the-art clean room facility for the fabrication of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and microelectronicdevices. The Class 100 facility supports the University’s strong interdisciplinary MEMS/microsystems research program by providing on-campus fabrication capabilities for a broad range of research projects by investigators from a number of departments within the university; it is also accessible by external organizations for prototype fabrication and R&D. The MFL offers a broad spectrum of micromachining processes, including bulk and surface micromachining, wafer bonding, and micro-molding.

 

Sally & Larry Sears Undergraduate Design Laboratory

This laboratory supports all departmental courses in circuits and includes a state-of-the-art lecture hall, a modernistic glass-walled lab, an electronics "store", and a student lounge and meeting area. Specialized lab space is available for senior projects and sponsored undergraduate programs. The lab is open to all undergraduates, and components are provided free of charge so students can “play and tinker” with electronics and foster innovation and creativity. The laboratory provides access to PCs, oscilloscopes, signal generators, logic analyzers, and specialized equipment such as RF analyzers and generators. In addition, the lab includes full- time staff dedicated to the education, guidance and mentoring of undergraduates in the “art and practice” of hands-on engineering.

This is the central educational resource for students taking analog, digital, and mixed-signal courses in electronics, and has been supported by various corporations in addition to alumnus Larry Sears, a successful engineer and entrepreneur. Basic workstations consist of Windows based computers equipped with LabView software, as well as Agilent 546xx oscilloscopes, 33120A Waveform Generators, 34401A Digital Multimeters, and E3631A power supplies. Advanced workstations are similarly configured, but with a wider variety of high-performance test equipment.

 

Jennings Computer Center Lab

Supported by an endowment from the Jennings Foundation, this lab provides our students with the educational re­sources necessary for their classwork and exploration of the art of computing. This lab has both PCs and Sun Unix workstations, and includes two high-speed laser printers.

 

ENGR 131 Freshman Computing Laboratory

This laboratory is used to support the freshman ENGR 131 Elementary Com­puter Programming class. Twenty-two student workstations are available for hands-on instruction, and support the study of introductory JAVA programming at the University.

 

Nord Computer Laboratory

This is a general purpose computer facility, open 24 hours a day, to all students.The lab contains 50 PCs running Windows and four Apple Macintosh computers.Facilities for color printing, faxing, copying and scanning are provided. Special software includes PRO/Engineer, ChemCAD and Visual Studio. Blank CDs, floppy disks, transparencies and other supplies are available for purchase. Visit http://www.scl.cwru.edu for more information.

 

Virtual Worlds (Gaming and Simulation) Laboratory

The Virtual Worlds Gaming and Simulation Lab forms the basis for experiential work in existing game related courses such as Artificial Intelligence, Graphics, and Simulation and for new gaming/simulation courses. Multi-disciplinary senior projects also use the lab facilities. In addition, a large number of significant cross-disciplinary immersive learning opportunities are available with the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Case Music department, and the Case School of Medicine.

The Virtual Worlds laboratory includes a PC room, a Console room, an Immersion room,an Audio room, a Medical Simulation room, and a Virtual Reality room containing:

• 24 networked high-performance Alienware gaming quality PCs

• Virtual reality components including three head mounted displays, three data gloves, a four sensor magnetic tracker, two inertial trackers, and three haptic interfaces

• Game consoles, e.g. PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, Nintendo DS, PSP

• Large screen 2-D and 3-D projection displays

• Audio and music synthesis and production equipment

 

Database and Bioinformatics Research Laboratory

Primarily funded by equipment grants from the National Science Foundation and Microsoft Research, this laboratory provides PC’s running Windows and Linux supporting research in database systems and bioinformatics.

 

Networks Laboratory

Supported through donations from both Cisco Systems and Microsoft Research,the networks lab has 15 stations complete with a PC, a Cisco switch and router, IP telephony equipment, as well as network patches back to a central rack where devices at one workstation may be routed to other equipment in the lab. A “library” of related equipment is also available.

 

Intelligent Networks & Systems Architecting (INSA) Research Laboratory

The Intelligent Networks & Systems Architecting (INSA) Research Laboratory is a state-of-the-art research facility dedicated to intelligent computer networks, systems engineering, design, and architecting. It includes optimization, simulation, artificial intelligence, visualization, and emulation. This lab has been partially supported by NASA's Space Exploration programs for Human and Robotic Technology (H&RT).The INSA Lab is equipped with 10 high-performance workstations and 2 servers in a mixed Windows and Linux environment, with over 40 installed network interface cards providing connectivity to its wired and wireless research networks. It includes software packages such as GINO and LINDO , Arena simulation, ns2 and OPNET, as well as the STK satellite toolkit, artificial neural networks, systems architecting and modeling, and statistical analysis and data management packages such as SPSS. The INSA Lab is also used for research in heterogeneous, sensor web, and mobile ad-hoc networks with space and battlefield applications.

 

SYNOPSYS/HP DESIGN LAB

 

Software Engineering Laboratory

Primarily funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, this laboratory provides PC’s running Windows and Linux supporting research in software engineering,in software analysis, testing, and reliability engineering, and in software security.

 

VLSI Design Laboratory

This lab has been supported by the Semi­conductor Research Corporation, NSF,NASA, Synopsys and Sun Microsystems. This laboratory has a number of advanced UNIX workstations that run commercial CAD software tools for VLSI design and is currently used to develop design and testing techniques for embedded system-on-chip.

 

Embedded Systems Laboratory

The Embedded Systems Laboratory is equipped with several Sun Blade Workstations running Solaris and Intel PCs running Linux. This lab has been recently equipped with advanced FPGA Virtex II prototype boards from Xilinx, including about 100 Xilinx VirtexII FPGAs and Xilinx CAD tools for development work. A grant-in-aid from Synopsys has provided the Synopsys commercial CAD tools for software development and simulation.This Lab is also equipped with NIOS FPGA boards from Altera, including software tools.

 

Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Laboratory

This research laboratory includes a cluster of Windows workstations and UNIX server with integrated circuit design software (Cadence Custom IC Bundle), as well as a variety of equipment used in the characterization of mixed-signal (analog and digital)integrat­ed circuits, which are typically fabricated using the MOSIS foundry service. Test equipment includes an IC probe station, surface-mount soldering equipment, logic and network/spectrum analyzers, an assortment of digital oscilloscopes with sample rates up to 1 GHz, and a variety of function generators, multi-meters, and power supplies.

 

Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) Research Laboratory

The MEMS Research Laboratory is equipped for microfabrication processes that do not require a clean room environment. These include chemical-mechanical polishing (two systems), bulk silicon etching, aqueous chemical release of freestanding micromechanical components, and supercritical point drying. In addition to the fabrication capabilities, the lab is also well equipped for testing and evaluation of MEMS components as it houses wafer-scale probe stations, a vacuum probe station,a multipurpose vacuum chamber, and an interferometric load-deflection station. Two large (8 x 2 ft2) vibration isolated air tables are available for custom testing setups. The laboratory has a wide variety of electronic testing instruments, including a complete IV-CV testing setup.

 

BioMicroSystems Laboratory

This research laboratory focuses on developing wireless integrated circuits and microsystems for a variety of applications in biomedical and neural engineering. The laboratory contains several PC computers, software packages for design, simulation,and layout of high-performance, low-noise, analog/mixed-signal/RF circuits and systems,and testing/measurement equipment such as dc power supply, arbitrary function generator, multichannel mixed-signal oscilloscope, data acquisition hardware, spectrum analyzer, potentiostat, and current source meter.

 

Emerging Materials Development and Evaluation Laboratory

The EMDE Laboratory is equipped with tooling useful in characterizing materials for MEMS applications. The laboratory contains a PC-based apparatus for load-deflection and burst testing of micromachined membranes, a custom-built test chamber for evaluation and reliability testing of MEMS-based pressure transducers and other membrane-based devices, a probe station for electrical characterization of micro-devices, a fume hood configured for wet chemical etching of Si, polymers, and a wide variety of metals, tooling for electroplating, an optical reflectometer, and a supercritical-point dryer for release of surface micromachined devices. The lab also has a PC with layout and finite element modeling software for device design, fabrication process design and analysis of testing data.

 

Lester J. Kern Computational Laboratory

This laboratory is used by students enrolled in “Electromechanical Energy Conversion,”as well as for research in robotics and mechatronics. Laboratory facilities include: four lab stations for demonstrating machine characteristics and basic steady-state and dynamic system performance, four PC based QNX workstations, and real-time data acquisition systems for interaction with lab experiments and control of machines.

 

Process Control Laboratory

This laboratory contains process control pilot plants, computerized hardware for process control, and demonstration/research facilities. This laboratory also has access to steam and compressed air for use in the pilot plants.

 

Timken Foundation Dynamics and Control Laboratory

Contains mechanical, pneumatic, and electrical laboratory experiments for teaching and research purposes. This includes PLCs, motors, and robotics systems.

 

Rockwell Automation Machinery Diagnostics and Control Laboratory

This laboratory is focused upon machinery diagnostics and failure prediction. Several test stands will provide instrumentation for machinery lifetime prediction and sensor development. Additional instrumentation will provide for remote operation of the test stands.