Everybody is impressed with UB’s powerful computer network, from researchers mapping the human genome to dorm residents downloading TV shows and music.
There are nearly 2,000 public site computers on campus in dozens of labs. A growing wireless network covers most of the campus. Almost every classroom has a fancy teaching station with a computer and projector. The fourth fastest academic supercomputer in the world sits behind thick glass windows and a fingerprint-identification lock on the first floor of Norton Hall.
Students are generally pleased with UB’s computer labs, called “cybraries.” Many students, particularly international students, don’t bring their own computers and use the cybraries full time. Still, many students who have their own computers use the cybraries because printing is free. As a result, the most popular cybraries are crowded during peak hours (wait times can reach 15–20 minutes). In the beginning of the semester when students print their lecture notes, print queues can be as long as five to 10 hours, though waits go down to 15 minutes to an hour by the middle of the semester. Computers are also slowly entering UB’s academic culture, as well. Some professors post course notes and information on a site called “UB Learns,” and each year, more and more professors use listservs for class discussion, sometimes offering extra credit for students who post.