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                            College of Engineering
                   EECS Instructional & Electronics Support

revised 04/08/97

            Report on EECS Instructional Computing Facilities
	  	           Spring Semester 1997

  For a desciption of the current status of Instructional UNIX labs, please 

  For decriptions of additions and changes to software availability, please
  read /share/b/pub/Instructors.Guide, /share/b/pub/ and other specific
  files in the /share/b/pub directory (also accessible as

  For additional information, please contact us or our WWW home pages:

    Kevin Mullally                          Ferenc Kovac
    EECS Instructional & Electronics        EECS Instructional & Electronics
    378 Cory Hall, (510) 643-6141           377 Cory Hall, (510) 642-6952      

  Summary of recent events and plans:
  - Rooms 330 Soda and 277 Soda have been converted to new Instructional labs 
    since January 1997.  There are 50 new PCs on line now in those rooms, 10 
    more will  be installed this semester.  330 Soda has a mix of Solaris, 
    FreeBSD and NT for various classes; 277 Soda has 30 Solaris systems mainly 
    for CS61B.

  - 10 PCs have been added to 111 Cory for CS multimedia classes (CS39A, 
    CS294-5).   The PCs are running NT and have Intergraph 3-D video cards.

  - Three new HP 5siMX printers were installed (in 274 Soda and 199 Cory). 
  - A new multimedia lab for faculty has been installed in 564 Soda, under the 
    ausices of Prof John Canny.  

  - CS61A will move to labs in Davis Hall next Fall; those labs will be 
    equiped with 40-60 PCs.  That will free up 275 Soda for general use.

  - John Canny won an Intel grant of 113 PCs and a PC server in October 1996.  
    69 of them are installed in 3 new labs: 330 and 277 Soda and 111 Cory.  
    The remaining 44 PCs will go into 310 and 349 Davis for CS61A.
  - Hewlett Packard gave $250,000 worth of instrumentation for the Instructional

  - DEC has been asked donate 20 new Alphas workstations by July for use by EE 
    classes in Cory Hall.

  - Prof Newton is coordinating an Intel grant for EE research and Instruct-

  - Group reorganization: With the breakup of TCS last Fall, the  Electron-
    ics  Support  Group  (under Ferenc Kovac) and the Instructional Support
    Group (under Kevin Mullally) have been united under  a  single  banner,
    called the "EECS Instructional & Electronics Group".   The primary man-
    date of this new group is to support  the  Instructional  computer  and
    electronics  labs.   The  unification  of  the  two groups reflects the
    increasing convergence of computers and AV technology in  all  instruc-
    tional  labs  and  allows for a more dynamic distribution of budget and
    staff amongst the instructional facilities.  The group will continue to
    support AV equipment and recharge services as well.

  - Staff notes: Monish Sharma (386 Cory), Omar Drubi (377 Cory) and Drina 
    Valdivia are our newest career staff members.  Francisco Lopez has 
    reduced his hours to 15% to attend grad school.  Sharon Taylor has taken 
    a new position in the Database Research Group in Soda Hall.  Marcelino
    Enriquez, formerly a part-time student, is working full-time from 
    January through August.   We haev hired Charles Yang in a part-time to
    staff the new multimedia lab in 564 Soda.
  - Open position in Soda:  There has been an open PAIII FTE position for 
    Instruction in Soda Hall since October 1996 (replacing Francisco Lopez).   
    We had unsuccessfully sought a multimedia expert.  The addition of 70 new 
    PCs and generally increasing demands by CS classes for software custom-
    ization have made it clear that we need a more general lab support person 
    in this position, so the position is being reposted.  (The proposed job 
    decsription is on-line in

  Notable events this semester

  Apr 09 - Cochise crashed, was down from about 4pm-6:30pm.

  Mar 24  - The new lab of PCs in 330 Soda was opened for students to use.

  Mar 08 - Pasteur, Ara, Saidar, Saidin, Parker were down for about 1 hour 
  We had to move a number of systems in one of our machine rooms. 
  These systems were down at the given times: 
       Pasteur (email server) --- 3:30-4:30pm 
       Ara & Aristotle (DECstation boot servers) --- 3:00-4:30pm 
       Saidar 134 net interface (home directories) --- 3:30-4:30pm 
       Saidin (DEC Alpha cpu server) --- 3:00-4:30pm 
       Parker (WWW and Xilinx server) --- 6:20-6:35pm 
  Feb 27 - Saidar was down from about 9:15am until 9:30am. 
  It was rebooted intentionally to clear a problem. Saidar is the filesever 
  for /home/b, /home/c, /home/d, /home/m and /share/b. 
  Feb 24 - the 134 subnet was disconnected between 8:45am-9:50am 
  This broke some connections to Pasteur (email server), the NT servers, 
  Saidar, Cory, Po, Volga and Danube. A router interface needed to be 
  Feb 21 - Po.eecs crashed; down from about 9am-10am 
  Po serves /home/tmp, /home/n and /home/p. They were unavailable from 
  about 9am-10am. 
  Feb 20 - /home/ee, /home/gg, /home/qq were off-line last night 
  They were unavailable from about 5:30pm on Wed 2/19 until 9:30am on Thu 
  2/20 (16 hours). Cochise had crashed at 5:30pm and these filesystems 
  failed to remount automatically when Cochise rebooted. 

  Feb 1 - The new lab of PCs in 330 Soda was opened for students to use.
  Sep 09 - The top level of /home/tmp and /home/tmp2 is no longer world 
  writable. Run /share/b/bin/mkhometmpdir on po.eecs or franklin.cs to 
  create a writable subdirectory for yourself in /home/tmp or /home/tmp2. 
  The subdirectory will be named after your login. You will not be permitted 
  to have a directory on both filesystems; whichever one you create first 
  will be the one you use for the semester. Please see /share/b/pub/disk.quotas 
  for related information. 
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