Infrastructure

Laboratories

The PPCIC students will have the following lab structure: (i) a teaching/research lab; (ii) a research-dedicated lab: Applied Computing Lab (LPCA); (iii) server room; (iv) study rooms with wifi. Each of the labs listed in (i) and (ii) have approximately 20 computers.

Labs indicated in (i) are multipurpose for Computer Science students with space for multimedia projection and whiteboard. The computers of the labs indicated in (i) and (ii) have several programming environments (Java, Python, C, R), Database (PostgreSQL, MySQL and other servers), free tools for paper writing (Libre Office and LaTeX) and specific software to support disciplines or research, such as Fico XPRESS. The computers present in the lab (i) have a software infrastructure that enable them to become a Beoulful cluster with 20 nodes.

The server room contains five research servers and one cluster for high-performance processing with four basic nodes. The basic nodes are complemented by the Beoulful cluster, totaling 24 nodes. PowerEdge servers serve as backend (database and application servers) for the machines present in the labs and are 100% dedicated to teaching and research activities. In addition, there are five more labs managed by the graduation and technical high school in Computing that can be used by PPCIC.

Over the last few years, these labs have received investments that have allowed the acquisition of a high-performance server and new multimedia equipment, updating computers and exchanging furniture and air conditioners (splits).  CEFET/RJ labs infrastructure update has been carried out with its own resources (either by direct request from CEFET/RJ or by request via research group) and with resources from research projects financed by funding agencies such as FAPERJ and CNPq.

There is also a teleconferencing system available, installed in the boardroom of the Research and Post-Graduation Direction – DIPPG.

With regard to administrative support, the PPCIC has an Administrative Secretariat with staff to assist students, teachers and the program’s academic system operation. The administrative space has a meeting room.

Libraries

CEFET’s Central Library works on the fourth floor of Building E. In addition to the individual reading space, it has a study room, two mini-auditoriums, a larger auditorium, a multimedia, audio and video sector and a sector for virtual consultation. Since 2010, when the Phoenix System of Libraries has been implemented, it is possible to consult online the other libraries in CEFET/RJ system (Central Library and libraries of the Decentralized Units – UNEDs). Over the last few years, the Library has been counting on constant investments to expand its collection. With specific regard to the demands of PPCIC, titles can be acquired through requests made by CEFET’s graduation coordinators or by the research groups. It should be noted that the funds allocated to research in CEFET/RJ are distributed among the different research groups, based on criteria established in the edict, enabling research groups to acquire bibliographies, equipment and services needed to carry out their research activities. It should be noted that the CAPES Portal of Periodicals that has supplied many of the courses bibliographic research needs, and can be accessed from the students’ room or from any other computer of the Institution.

There is a total of more than 18052 titles, 64123 copies, of which 497 are specific for computer science. In terms of access to journals and conference articles, all major databases of Computer Science, IEEE, ACM, Scopus, Science Direct, Springer and Wiley are accessible from any computer within CEFET/RJ via CAPES portal.