Computing Facilities

The CSE Department is served by about 700 workstations and PCs, including those in four teaching labs: three PC Labs and one UNIX lab. Each teaching lab has 53 or 68 sets of computers networked together, 3-4 LCD projector(s), and at least one high speed laser printer. In addition, some labs are equipped with high performance sound cards and GPU graphics cards. The teaching labs are upgraded frequently to keep the equipment current.

In addition, the Department runs a number of research labs. All have a number of PCs, servers, and special hardware/software to support specific research. The Vision and Graphics Lab is for computer graphics and vision research.

There are also specialized project labs, including the Human-Computer Interaction Lab, having large-sized multi-touch display/table and robots like NaoRobot, Pepper Robot. SingLab is maintaining around a hundred nodes interconnected by high speed 100GB fabric for large-scale datacenter research. There are also the HKUST-DT System and Media Lab, Digital Life Research Center, Cybersecurity Lab with state-of-the-art disassembler for vulnerability discovery.

The Department also manages a pool of rack-mounted servers as CPU/GPU clusters for projects that demand a lot of CPU/GPU power and system resources. In addition, individual research groups also maintain their own computation clusters with a total of around 200 nodes and about 80 of them are equipped with multiple powerful GPUs.

All computing facilities in the Department are connected by gigabit Ethernet switches to the University's gigabit network backbone. And our core infrastructure is interconnected by 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches.

The Department is committed to keeping its computing facilities up to date.