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College of Engineering
EECS Instructional Systems Support Group
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http://inst.eecs.berkeley.edu/share/b/pub/Instructional_Plans # May 26, 1999
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\s+6\fBEECS Instructional Computing - Review and Plans\fR\s-6
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\s+21999-2000\s-2
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\s+2\fBReferences about Common IESG Services:\fR\s-2
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http://iesg.eecs.berkeley.edu/ # = #T{
EE labs, AV services, NT services
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http://www-inst.eecs.berkeley.edu/ # = #T{
home pages, accounts, labs, software
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\s+2\fBImprovements We've Made in 1998-1999:\fR\s-2
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.IP "+ \fBnew NT fileserver\fR (NTSWW, Fileservice) (grant from Intel)"
.IP "+ \fBnew UNIX fileserver\fR (Mamba) (grant from Intel)"
.IP "+ \fB349 Soda\fR - new lab for for CS184 (grant from Intel)"
.IP "+ \fB105 Cory\fR - new lab for EE20 (grant from Intel)"
.IP "+ \fB353 Cory\fR - new lab for EE141 (grants from Rockwell and Intel)"
.IP "+ \fB119 Cory\fR - new lab for EE290G, CS152 (grant from HP)"
.IP "+ \fB199 Cory\fR - new general access lab (grant from DEC)"
.IP "+ \fBscanners and OCR\fR available in 111 & 119 Cory, 333 Soda"
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\s+2\fBPending Grants/Purchases:\fR\s-2
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.IP "+ \fB(20) Intel PCs\fR for EE141 lab (353 Cory) (grant from Intel)"
.IP "+ \fBnew HP-UX 11.0 login server\fR (grant from Hewlett Packard)"
.IP "+ \fB100-MB ethernet cards\fR for 20 DEC Alphas in 199 Cory (purchase)"
.IP "+ \fBRAM for PCs\fR in 2xx and 330 Soda (up them to 128MB) (purchase)"
.IP "+ \fB100MB network hubs\fR for Soda Hall labs (purchase)"
.IP "+ \fBworkstations\fR to replace old HPS in Soda and Cory Hall (grants)"
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\s+2\fBFeedback from 1999 Faculty Retreat:\fR\s-2
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Feedback from students and faculty after the 1999 Retreat has helped to 
guide the plans for the upcoming ficsal year.   Here are some problem
areas and plans for improvement:
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.IP "1) \fBInstructional networks are perceived as slow.\fR"
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The NT and SolarisX86 PCs in Soda Hall have 100 MB cards, so we can
upgrade the 42 and 43 subnets in Soda Hall to 10/100 MB hubs.  We 
 will purchase 100 MB cards for the DEC Alphas in 199 Cory if possible.
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.IP "2) \fBInstructional needs more power in its UNIX login servers.\fR"
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We have received a new dual-Pentium server and RAID array from Inte that
we'll install in June.  It'll have about 40GB of home dir space for CS 
classes, allow network logins, run SolarisX86 and Samba.
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We submitted a grant request in April to HP for a 4-processor,
4-GB HP-UX server to replace Parker/Franklin/Cochise/Snake.  It'll 
be for general logins, software debugging and CAD applications.
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.IP "3) \fBOlder Instructional UNIX workstatations need to be upgraded.\fR"
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We intend to purchase more memory for the PCs in Soda Hall and to make 
grant requests to Digital, HP and Intel for new workstations to replace 
the old HPs in Cory and Soda Halls.
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\s+2\fBLab Space:\fR\s-2
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Previous plans to move several Instuctional labs from Soda Hall have been
postponed indefinitely.  
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Some conclusions about the current computer usage:
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.IP "1) \fBWe should aid and enhance network access to our computers for home computing.\fR"
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About 31% of all our UNIX logins occur from over the net from non-UCB ISPs, 
the Res Halls and UCB modems.  To improve network login security, we now a 
free version of SSH for home use.  We have set up a password-protected WEB 
site for viewing course materials, downloading and executing course software.
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Instruction maintains several DEC UNIX, HP-UX and SolarisX86 "login servers" 
(cory.eecs, po.eecs, parker.eecs, torus.cs, franklin.cs).   We have submitted
a grant request to replace the aging HP-UX login servers with a powerful SMP 
HP server.
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Several important campus computer services (such as the \fBAgate\fR USENET 
server) are restricted to .berkeley.edu addresses only, which blocks the
ISP users.  This method of access restriction will eventually be removed; 
both EECS and IS&T are developing Certificate services that can be used to 
authenticate our users instead.
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.IP "2) \fB310 Davis must be improved, for better utilization.\fR"
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CS61A is assigned 310 Davis (38 HPs) for lab and drop-in.  310 Davis is 
underused for drop-in, perhaps because it lacks a bathroom.  We'll work on
a renovation project this summer to install a single lavatory there or to
arrange cardkey access to existing bathrooms in Davis Hall.  310 Davis needs 
other work (better air conditioning, a new rug, paint, etc) and maybe a 
campus Cap improvement funds can be found to do that this summer.
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.IP "3) \fBThe old HP UNIX workstations in Cory should be replaced.\fR"
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They are underutilized because they are old and slow.  Nevertheless, 
they are available for overflow from any other UNIX lab, as they can 
be used as Xterminals to other systems.
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.IP "4) \fBNT drop-in labs are well used.\fR"
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The drop-in NT lab in 330 Soda was heavily used by CS169 and CS184 this 
Spring.  We added 12 new NT systems for CS184 in 349 Soda in March, which 
relieved the crunch in 330 Soda.
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The NT drop-in lab in 119 Cory was heavily used by CS152.  111 Cory was 
overflow for CS152, as well as for several EE classes that use NT but 
have no dedicated lab in Cory Hall.
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\s+2\fBSoftware Changes this Summer:\fR\s-2
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.IP "+ Upgrade UNIX workstations to DEC UNIX 4.0e and SolarisX86 2.7."
.IP "+ Revise the \'grading\' suite of programs used on the UNIX systems."
.IP "+ Establish password protected (SSL) WEB server for utilities such as:"
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- class lists and email lists for instructors
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- a new "due-dates" utility for posting assigment due-dates
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\fBUNIX file server:\fR  We will install a new SolarisX86 server in Soda
this summer, to replace the old Franklin and Cochise file servers.  This will
increase the disk space for CS home directories and applications from about 
28GB to over 50GB.
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\fBNT file server:\fR  The Fileservice NT server was brought into service in
Spring 1999, and will provide additional disk space for Instructional use.
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\fBUNIX login server:\fR  We have made a grant request to HP for a large 
N-class 64-bit login server, to replace Franklin, Cochise and Parker.
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\fB353 Cory, 204 Cory:\fR  We have made a grant request to INTEL for PCs to 
fill in and upgrade the systems in these labs.  The grant has not been 
approved yet (May 1999).
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\s+2\fBNew Cardkey System In Cory:\fR\s-2
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New cardkey readers have been installed in Cory Hall. They require a 
different type of cardkey than is used in Soda Hall.  Soda Hall is 
expected to convert to the new system by Jan 1, 2000.  Alex Para is 
the project manager.
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For additional information, please feel free to contact us:
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 # Kevin Mullally, Manager           # Ferenc Kovac, Associate Manager
 # EECS Instructional & Electronics  # EECS Instructional & Electronics
 # 378 Cory Hall, (510) 643-6141     # 377 Cory Hall, (510) 642-6952
 # kevinm@eecs.berkeley.edu          # ferenc@eecs.berkeley.edu
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