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CS Postgraduate Lab

The CS Computer lab is one of the main places for Computer Science Postgrads to get work done.


Unfortunately COVID has had a great effect on the capacity and usage of the lab.

The Lab has a current limit of 29 people at any one time, that includes Derick who's office is in the side hokkie, #7.

Any and all info on this page could change, due to the nature of the situation.

Please bear with us, and feel free to offer helpful suggestions to improve things for everyone.


No matter what is said, COVID protocol must always be kept in mind.

  • We should be keeping windows open for fresh air. Please raise the blinds so they do not get damaged by the wind.
  • Wear a mask at all times.
  • Keep at least a 1.5m distance between you and others.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently.
  • Make sure to obey curfew laws.
  • Wiping of the keyboards with sanitiser wipes is allowed. Spraying with sanitiser is not, as this may negatively affect the keyboards.

Lab Layout

The lab layout below shows which desks may be occupied. This year, 2022, we will be assigning only 18 permanent seats to students who have indicated they have no other work environment. Another 10 seats will then be made available as "hotseats". There will also be another room available as a Laptop area, info will be available later.

There are about 2 students to a hotseat, so I suggest finding one or two people to share with.

Seats Description
1, 2, 4, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23 to 30, 32, 34 and 36 Permanent placing for students
3, 8, 10, 12, 38 to 41 Hot Seats
5, 6 Hot Seats - NVIDIA GPU installed

Lab Layout

Lab Computer Usage

The lab machines will only have Ubuntu 20.04 installed initially. For those with a permanently assigned machine, another OS can be installed. For those using hotseats, you will need to request any software you need installed from me. Please raise a ticket here if you need to get something installed on a PC.

The home drives of the machines are not on the network, so you will need to backup your work and transfer it to different PC's if you move around the lab. It is therefore advised that you try sit at the same machine to work at each time.

You login with your university ID and Password.


  • With the upgrade to 20.04 I've had to change the login name format. This is thanks to a bug in Gnome, and the use of only digit usernames.
  • You should now use @su. That is ...@su, NOT The latter will work, but will take longer to login.

Bring Your Own Device

If you bring your own machine, be it laptop or Desktop, please make use of the power points (only for these purposes) and Eduroam.

If you want to use the LAN you will need to raise a ticket here, with your OS, MAC address of your ethernet port, and preferred hostname, if you have one.

Last update: 2022-02-17
Created: 2021-03-12
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