on Academic Computing
September 27, 2005
Provost Maher delivered the
Councilís charge.† He asked the Council
advice to CSSD on campus computer security issues, the campus security
plan, web-based classes, and future CSSD initiatives.
with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
and University departments to develop an ongoing speaker series that
highlights trends in academic computing.†
- Sponsor brainstorming sessions on topics (e.g.,
modeling and simulation) that facilitate interdisciplinary cooperation
among the sessionsí participants.
CAC Seminar Series
Members of the Council decided
to hold two seminars in the fall and two in the spring.† The first seminar will be hosted by Ralph
Roskies and will cover potential uses of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.† Experts in other areas of academic computing
will be invited to present at the remaining seminars.
Report from Computing Services and Systems Development
Walton, Director of Computing
Services and Systems Development (CSSD), discussed wireless networks.† CSSD is currently studying the feasibility of
creating a campus-wide wireless network.†
Wireless networks currently exist on campus, but they are not linked in
a systematic fashion.† Student-funded
wireless networks currently are available (only to students) in five indoor and
two outdoor public areas.† Fifteen
departments currently possess their own wireless networks, and another 10
departments have requested them.†
Academic units would be given priority if a campus-wide network is
The University received 16
copyright infringement notices from the recording industry last year.† When it receives a notice, CSSD identifies
the relevant IP address and its owner, supplies the information to the company
involved, and notifies General Counsel of its actions.† The University requires students to remove
the copyrighted material from their computer.†
Further University-related action is usually taken through the Student
Judiciary Board.† Any remaining issues
are then resolved between the named individual and the recording industry.
Ms. Walton provided usage
statistics in several areas:
percent of students own a computer, but eighty percent of students still
use the computer labs.† Students
must run anti-virus software before they log onto the University network.
spam and virus filters continue to function effectively.† Approximately 500,000 viruses and 1.5
million spam messages were caught by the filters.† About 17 percent of University accounts
use the spam filter.
- Approximately 36,000 individuals use the
Universityís web portal.
Ms. Walton addressed several
Web Portal, IMAP servers, and Courseware software have been upgraded.
PeopleSoft information system was implemented in August.