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10 Aug 2005


A general discussion of where our money is and where it goes. This precipitated a discussion of options for the Alpha machines (below).

Staff Responsibilities

During the summer recess Liudvikas Bukys left the department, leaving large shoes to be filled. The committee discussed the projects that Liudy had on his plate immediately before leaving to determine what should be passed on to Jim and Dave each.

Status Report

The recent desktop upgrade of the Fedora Linux OS is nearly complete. The only exceptions are a handful of machines on which the CD-Rom died at some point.

The web server will be upgraded during the fall semester including a new installation of Apache. The storage space allocated to websites will be significantly increased.

The new mail server is currently running in a test environment and hardware will be in place in the next month, along with the accompanying software update. Although spamassasin is available on the mail server, running it on all incoming mail is not computationally feasible. On the new sever all mail will be filtered by default. Training of spamassasin's Baysian filter is currently done by scanning the unwanted file in users' home directory. Making a simlink to your recent mbox or maildir formatted junk mail will help reduce everyone's spam.


Dr. Scott suggested that a student member of the committee could provide information to the department about what transpires at a LabComm meeting (e.g. this WikiPage).

Server Issues

Alphas: given the maintenance/licensing cost of the Alpha machines, and the limited use they receive, the decision was made to take them offline and procure a desk-side machine that can be used when specific architecture or compiler requirements dictate.

Once the Alphas are removed, some more space will be opened for the next set of Linux systems to be added to the cluster. Additionally, a few of the Sun machines may need to be moved between server rooms.


Although most of the department is wired for Gigabit Ethernet, a couple spare jacks here and there are not. Upgrading these in on the near-term todo.

The the moment undergrads cannot reliably access a wireless network within the computer science department. The CS wireless network is currently only available to Faculty/Staff/Grads, but the university wireless network has not been installed above the 5th floor of CSB. The reasoning for not installing URNet wireless on 6 and 7 is unclear, but calls are being made.


A new set of machines for the undergrad lab will be arriving at the end of the month. There was some discussion about how heavily utilized the lab tends to be, and whether there is enough demand to justify maintaining both a majors lab and a UG lab.

-- KirkKelsey - 16 Aug 2005

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