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University of California at Berkeley
Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Instructional Systems Support Group
Report on EECS Instructional Computing Facilities
Fall Semester 1995
by: Kevin Mullally, Manager of EECS Instructional Systems
Ferenc Kovac, Manager of EECS Electronic Support
For a desciption of the current status of Instructional UNIX labs and
file servers, please read /share/b/pub/EECS.facilities (also accessible via
Mosaic and gopher).
For decriptions of additions and changes to software availability, please
read /share/b/pub/Instructors.Guide, /share/b/pub/software.help and other specific
files in the /share/b/pub directory (also accessible via Mosaic and gopher).
There is a new program called '/share/b/bin/due-dates' on franklin.cs.
The program is an interface that can display and edit a text file in which
instructors can add the due-dates and other information about assignments
for their classes. This may help to balance the usage of the workstation
When an instructor runs '/share/b/bin/due-dates -edit', the text file is
opened in an editor (as specified by the user's $VISUAL or $EDITOR
environment variable). When a student runs '/share/b/bin/due-date',
the contents of the file is displayed (using the user's $PAGER
environment variable, or 'cat').
Please ask "email@example.com" for help if you wish to use 'due-dates'.
275 Soda was rearranged to suit hands-o instruction for CS61A.
Workstations were cleaned of grime and internal dust. Several new
UNIX utility programs were produced, including an improved "grade"
database application, an due-dates scheduler for instructors and
improved downloading of TeleBears class enrollment data. This data
is used by the "roster@cory" program and it is given to the cardkey
staff so they had class enrollment lists at the start of the semester.
Our old Silicon Graphics Iris systems (the "Torus" cluster in 199 Cory)
have been retired from service. They have been given mainly to research
groups in Soda Hall.
PCs in 123 Cory were upgraded to Intel-donated Pentium 90s, with larger
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint) were installed on all the
PCs to aid students in writing their reports and prepare their
presentations. A Windows NT server has been installed.
In August, 2 UNIX workstations and 2 Macintosh Performas were installed
in 345 Davis. These and older Macs in there were put on the ethernet,
replacing serial connections. This is in support of the CS3 and CS9
4 PowerMac 8500s have beene installed in 111 Cory. These will
provide computing resources for multimedia and animation design classes
Also under discussion is the aquisition of some high-end PCs for the
lab in 111 Cory.
Instruction purchased a Mac Powerbook 520c last year for use by faculty
in campus lecture halls that have projection equipment for the computer
screen. We anticipate buying another portable (probably a Intel-based
system running UNIX) for similar use next year.
Prof Sequin has received 10 new Indys in a donation from Silicon Graphics.
These arrived in late August. Seven of these are installed in 347 Soda
for use by CS184, CS284 and CS285.
Grants proposals are under discussion for donations from both DEC and HP.
Po.eecs crashed early in the morning of Sat Oct 7 and was back in service
by 6am on Saturday. However, users could not "rlogin" to po.eecs because
the Ultrix license server failed to start. Users could login using
"telnet", and home directories on po.eecs were accessible via NFS from all
the other systems. "rlogin" was working again by about 7pm on Saturday.
Pasteur.EECS, the Instructional mail server, crashed and was rebooted on
Sunday 12/03 at about 8pm.
(end of document)