The department has two general-purpose computing labs for EECS students and students taking EECS courses. The labs may be used for course work, web surfing, and pretty much anything else. However, it is not to be used for research work. (Your advisor’s infrastructure must be used for that.)
The labs have their own authentication system and share a single homedir filesystem. That means, your files follow you on all of the lab computers.
If you’d like to reserve a lab, please see our information page.
Located in Tech M338, this is our flagship lab, with over 20 dual-boot computers, a printer, a mobile projector, and lounge area with comfortable seating.
The t-lab is located in Tech F252 near the Tech/Ford skybridge on the second floor. It was renovated in 2015.
So while the lab computers are dual boot, there are currently 3 server class machines running Linux. You may log into any of them to work on projects without the fear that a fellow student will reboot or shut down the machine. These are:
finagle.wot.eecs.northwestern.edu A light-weight, general-purpose host.
hanlon.wot.eecs.northwestern.edu A beefy workhorse used especially for EECS213. It is equipped with the NVIDIA Tesla K20c GPU and the Intel Phi GPU parallel computing engines.
murphy.wot.eecs.northwestern.edu Another beefy workhorse with lots of memory. This machine is typically used by classes that require the Oracle DBMS. Web files stored in your
~/wwwdirectory will appear at
labfs.eecs.northwestern.edu You won’t be able to log into this one, but if you put web files in your
~/public_htmldirectory, they will be available at
As it warns in the message of the day on every lab computer:
HOMEDIRS ON THE LAB MACHINES ARE WIPED EACH SUMMER, ONE MONTH AFTER THE SPRING QUARTER IS OVER. PLEASE BE SURE TO BACK UP ANYTHING YOU WANT TO KEEP BEFORE THEN.