The goal of the Software Development Laboratory is to provide tools and resources to the software engineer that enable rapid development of software applications. While Java is ideally suited for use in Web browsers running on a networked desktop computer, its potential is far greater and will continue to revolutionize the Internet. To expand and enhance software development, this laboratory seeks to apply and enhance the Java platform for a number of areas, including enterprise software, electronic commerce, embedded network-aware sensors and actuators, mobile information appliances, and set-top multimedia computers.
This state-of-the-art laboratory was funded by the Education Trust Fund (ETF) as a Special Intervention in 2006 and is used to support the teaching and research program in computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering. Specifically, the laboratory combines a lecture facility together with a combination of high-performance Windows and Unix workstations. This facility is used by the students and faculty in the courses on Software Engineering, VLSI design, and System on a Chip Design, Digital System Verification, and Hardware Design Methodologies. In addition, this laboratory contains the hardware and software necessary to provide for the analysis and simulation of new computer designs. Examples will include new proposed Internet security solutions, experimental wireless ad hoc networks and configurations, and schemes for the management of networked systems. The laboratory provides for the development of CAD design tools and the integration of these tools to support industrial strength design flows. Finally, this facility supports the many System-on-a-Chip and Mixed Technology Microsystems research projects currently in process in the school by providing the platform for the higher-performance CAD software tools.
This classroom contains a combination of 40 Windows workstations that accommodate 40 students in a classroom environment. It is networked to provide distributed learning together with students from other campuses of ESUT as well as other schools. In addition, this facility can be made available to students and faculty on a 24/7 basis through the use of a key card access system.