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                          College of Engineering
                     EECS Instructional Support Group

								 Sep 23 2010
              EECS Instructional Computing - Review and Plans
		                Spring 2010

	Mission Statement
	Recent Initiatives and Achievements
	20" LCD Displays Replace 122 Old CRT Monitors 
	Project Wish List
	Budget Cuts
	Notable Events

Mission Statement

  The EECS Instructional Support Group (ISG) installs and maintains networked 
  computers that are used by EECS classes.  ISG provides computer accounts for 
  instructors and students in the Instructional labs and on Instructional 
  servers.  ISG purchases, installs and maintains application software needed 
  for classes.  ISG supports instructional labs in Cory Hall, Soda Hall and 
  Hearst Field Annex.

  These are the functions in which ISG interacts with other UCB support groups:

  - we obtain enrollment lists from the Registrar (Student Information Services)
  - we synchronize our user accounts with the EECS department (IDSG)
  - we provide cardkey pre-authorization for our students to EECS Facilities
  - we bill students' voluntary printer charges to CARS
  - we coordinate our use of the EECS Network Node Bank with IDSG and CNS
  - we manage the computers in engineering labs with ESG 
  - we manage the computers in EECS conference rooms with ESG 
  - we manage the licenses for Synopsys/TCAD/HSPICE with the Device Group
  - we manage the licenses for Cadence with the BSAC group
  - we manage the licenses for Maya and Renderman with the BCAM group

Recent Initiatives and Achievements

  - Installed 2 new SUN Sun Fire X4600 servers (each with 8-core Opteron 885, 
    32-GB RAM, SolarisX86 10), donated by SUN Microsystems with thanks to 
    Marcelino Enriquez.  These systems are now running multiple virtual
    computers using Solaris zones.  These virtual computers replace several
    8-year old Dell 1650 and 1750 servers used by CS184 and other programming 
    classes for database (Postgres), WEB (Apache) and other applications.

  - Building a cluster of used computers that were donated by Broadcom, with
    thanks to Pathma Venasithamby.  The cluster may be used to issue persisent 
    virtual computers to students in classes such as EE122 (network protocols),
    CS186 (database and WEB servers) and CS161 (computer security) to safely 
    develop programs that have special security or performance risks.

  - Replaced 122 old CRT monitors with new 20" LCD displays in Instructional
    labs.  Please see below for more information.

20" LCD Displays Replace 122 Old CRT Monitors 

  In September 2009, the University offered a program to trade in old CRT 
  monitors on campus for energy-efficient LCD monitors.  This project is 
  sponsored by the Vice Chancellor's Administrative Council (VCAC), the 
  Office of the CIO (OCIO), and Cal Overstock and Surplus.  Each LCD 
  monitor that replaces a CRT monitor saves the University about 344 kWh of 
  electricity ($30.96), or 104 kg of carbon dioxide emissions, per year. 

  Thanks to the efforts of Eric Fraser (EECS IT Director) and extraordinary 
  funding from EECS, we are able to replace all of the remaining CRTs in the
  EECS Instructional labs with Dell 20" E2010H widescreen flat panel LCD
  displays.  This purchase has a value of about $18,000 after the generous 
  discount and rebates that the sponsors negotiated.

  During October 2009, the Dell 20" E2010H LCD displays will be installed in 
  271, 273, 277, 330 and 349 Soda, and at a few workstations where CRTs are 
  still in use in the Cory Hall labs.

Project Wish List

  Here is a wish list of projects that we would like to do.   We lack the
  funding to do any of them:

  1) upgrade workstations in Instructional labs ($234K total)

	- replace 30 PCs (circa 2002) in 105 Cory for EE20N ($90K)
	- replace  8 PCs (circa 2003) in 111 Cory for EE117 ($24K)
	- replace  8 PCs (circa 2002) in 218 Cory for EE143 ($24K)

	Benefit to approx 750 students in CS152, CS160, CS162, CS164, 
	CS169, CS170, CS172, CS184, CS186, CS188, CS194, CS198, EE117, 
	EE143, EE20N.

  2) renovate 105 Cory: new furniture, wiring, A/V ($30K)

	105 Cory is a teaching lab that is used primarily by EE20N 
	but is also available to other classes.  It has an overhead 
	projector and is well-suited to hands on instruction.  The
	lab benches, chairs, network and electrical cabling are in
	disrepair from years of use.

  3) salaries for 2 student staff for 1 year ($60K)

	To meet the FY 09-10 budget cut (21%), we have reduced our
	student staff.  As a result, we have a higher incidence of
	delayed repairs and deferred maintenance in the labs.  This 
	funding would support staff for projects such as:

	- check physical condition of labs and do routine maintenance 
	- install new equipment (such as with items #2 above)
	- update our UCB Scheme software (CS3, CS61A) for home users
	- install an RSS feed server for use by instructors
	This would benefit all 6800+ students who use our computers.

Budget Cuts

  The funding that supports Instructional computing were cut by 21% ($120K) 
  starting July 1 2009.  This funding supports computers, software, service 
  contracts, printing, network fees, furniture, supplies and salaries.  This 
  is in addition to the %8 cut in staff hours and salaries due to furloughs.

  A FY 2009-2010 budget projection is posted at

  This year we are reducing our costs by a combination of these austerity

  - elimination of service contracts on some computers and software
  - reduction of staff salaries via furloughs and voluntary leave without pay
  - reuse of old, broken chairs instead of replacing them
  - reuse of old, dirty keyboards and mice instead of replacing them
  - reduction of stockpiles of printer paper and toner

  In October 2009, we reluctantly submitted a request to impose a $16 Course 
  Materials Fee (CMF) on each student in 20 EE and CS sources, to recover 
  approximately $65K for the upkeep and replacement of materials used in the 
  labs.  Approval for these fees is still pending (May 2010).  The CMF and
  its prerequisite student survey are available at 

Notable Events

  See for current events.

For additional information, please contact me:
  Kevin Mullally, ISG Manager
  EECS Instructional Support Group
  378 Cory Hall, (510) 643-6141

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