University Lab in KOM

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The Computer Science Department supervises labs located in adjacent rooms on two floors in the Kirskey Old Main Building -- KOM 252, KOM 267, KOM 351, KOM 350, and KOM 360. The entrance to the third floor labs is through KOM 351; the entrance to the second floor labs is through 252. The other rooms each have an emergency exit. The labs in KOM 252 and KOM 351 are open for general student use during all open hours. The labs in KOM 267, 350 and 360 are available for general student use except when reserved for a laboratory class.

There are over 160 computers and 5 printers available to students.

KOM 351 KOM 350
  • 29 PCs running Windows 7
  • 6 PCs running Linux
  • 1 HP LaserJet printer ( cs351)
  • all LCD widescreen monitors
  • 33 PCs running Windows 7
  • 1 overhead LCD widescreen projector
  • 1 HP LaserJet printer ( cs350)
  • all LCD widescreen monitors
KOM 360 KOM 267
  • 37 PCs running Windows 7
  • 1 overhead LCD widescreen projector and 2 auxiliary 65 inch flat panel TVs
  • 1 HP Laserjet printer ( cs360)
  • all LCD widescreen monitors
  • 44 PCs
  • 1 overhead LCD widescreen projector and 2 auxiliary 65 inch flat panel TVs
  • all LCD widescreen monitors
  • Laser Printer
KOM 252  
  • 12 PCs
  • all LCD widescreen monitors
  • Laser Printer


Installed on each IBM compatible PC running Microsoft 7 is Microsoft Office, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and Visual Studio .NET. Some machines may have additional software installed to meet the demands of a particular class.

Each Linux box is an Intel hardware platform currently running an up-to-date version of Linux. PCs running Linux are available via the network. In addition, 2 Linux servers with 2 quad core processors and 16 Gb of memory are available via the network. These machines are capable of hosting more than 50 simultaneous linux users each.

All the computers in the labs are connected by gigabit ethernet circuits to the campus network as a whole.

One server dedicated to running Windows terminal services is also available over the network. Using remote desktop, a student can connect to this server and get a desktop and software which is almost the same as on the general lab PCs. These servers run on hardware similar to the linux machine described above, and support over 90 simultaneous connections. These services are offered as a part of the Computer Science Department's continued commitment to push the boundaries of remote access computing. A student with a good broadband connection at home should be able to do most homework assignments remotely.

In addition to the equipment described above, there are about 20 various servers and virtual machines operating "behind the scenes" which control all this equipment and offer additional services.

The department also operates a beowulf cluster which consists of 33 servers with a total of 264 processor cores. Each server has 64 gig of RAM. These machines run Linux, and are used by our classes in parallel processing and for some research projects.

A worker, usually a Computer Science student, will be in the lab during all of their hours to assist in using the computers. The lab worker is not responsible for helping students in their programming assignments. Any student interested in becoming a lab worker should fill out an application for Spring and Fall or Summer and put it in the Lab Manager's mailbox in the Computer Science department office in KOM 306.

Hours of Operation

  fall and spring semesters Summer I (Tentative) Summer II, III & IV (tentative)
Monday through Thursday 7:30 AM to 9:15 PM 8:00 AM to noon 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM closed  closed
Saturday closed closed  closed
Sunday closed closed  closed

Hours may be extended in the latter weeks of the semester to meet the demand of student projects.

The lab is closed during finals week and the following holiday breaks: Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, Semester Break, and Spring Break. 


  1. Do not bring food or drinks into the lab. Even sealed containers have a chance of leaking.
  2. Do not play computer games in the laboratory.
  3. Do not display obscene pictures.
  4. Do not scan obscene pictures.
  5. Do not copy proprietary software to or from MTSU computers.
  6. Do not interfere with other people's computer work.
  7. Do not snoop around in other people's files.
  8. Do not use other people's computer accounts.
  9. Do not lock the workstations.
  10. Do not play audio files via speakers, either on the lab machines or on your own personal device.  Headphones must be used and are not provided.
  11. Always use a computer in ways that insure consideration and respect for your fellow human beings, including lab workers, faculty, and staff.
  12. The computer lab is not responsible for problems caused by computer viruses, improper use of the equipment, or loss of data due to equipment malfunction or any other reason, nor are we responsible for any work or sessions left unattended.
  13. The computer lab is not responsible for any items left in the computer lab. This includes student ID cards, books, personal items, papers, etc.
  14. You will be asked to leave the lab if you break any of the above rules.
  15. If you are unsure about any policy or usage of a computer or software application, please ask the lab worker on duty.

MTSU Computer Policies, Procedures, and Ethics

Frequently Asked Questions

When are computers available?
Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis during all open hours.

How can I get access to the remote systems?
Go to and fill out the application. You must have a current Pipeline account to be eligible.

Can I install programs of my own on the workstations?
No. No software may be copied to or from any PC without special permission from the Lab Manager or Department Chairperson.

Can I copy programs on the workstations and take them home to use on my own computer?
No. Under no circumstances will software piracy be condoned. However, the Computer Science Department has a license with Microsoft that may permit you to install certain software on your home computer. Contact the Lab Manager for more information.

What kind of media does each machine use?
Machines will accept USB flash drives. We no longer support floppy disks.

I want to be a lab worker. Where do I sign up?

Any student interested in becoming a lab worker should fill out an application for Spring and Fall or Summer and put it in the Lab Manager's mailbox in the Computer Science department office in KOM 306.

How do I report a problem with a lab machine? 
Report any problems with a lab machine to the 3rd floor lab assistant. 

For further lab questions, see the Lab Manager.