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News Update 07-01-2003

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* Education Technology Companies to Exhibit at Syllabus2003

* Syllabus2003 Early Bird Deadline Extended to July 8

* Call for Papers Extended to July 7! Syllabus fall2003 in Boston

SPONSOR: Education Technology Companies to Exhibit at Syllabus2003

Syllabus2003 celebrates its 10th annual summer conference July 27-31 in San Jose, Calif., and on the campus of Stanford University. In addition to cutting-edge keynotes, breakout sessions, and panel discussions, attendees will see the latest products for campus technology during designated exhibit hall hours. Some of the companies attending include: MatchWare, developer of software products that enable all levels of users to create cutting-edge multimedia content; The College Board, whose Accuplacer program delivers comprehensive assessment, placement and guidance tools over the Internet; Xythos, developer of Internet file management software for secure file access and sharing; Dynamic Knowledge Transfer, provider of a suite of products to facilitate visual communication between teachers and students in classrooms and distance learning environments; and Motion Computing, producer of Motion TabletePCs designed into a clipboard-size unit weighing less than three pounds. To view the entire exhibitor list, as well as to register for Syllabus2003, go to

California to Build Research and Education UberNetwork

The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) said it would create the first multi-tiered, statewide 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) platform in the nation dedicated to serve all research and education institutions. The California Research and Education Network (CalREN) will serve experimental and network researchers as well as students, faculty, researchers, and staff at all K-20 and research institutions throughout California. "From a research and development standpoint, having access to multiple 10 Gigabit Ethernet waves creates new opportunities for advanced experiments linking massive computations, large datasets, and collaborative environments to create LambdaGrids," said Larry Smarr, director, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. Completion of the Cisco-based network is expected this fall.

SPONSOR: Register Now to Save Up to $200!

This summer's 10th annual Syllabus Conference offers five days of not- to-be-missed keynotes, general sessions, breakouts, and more for education technology professionals. Join us July 27-31 at the San Jose Marriott and enjoy five new program tracks on topics of strategic importance. Plus, a special day on the Stanford University campus will allow you to experience the latest technology innovations first hand. All this, including networking and exhibits, in Syllabus' traditional collegial atmosphere. Register today and take advantage of up to $200 off in Early Bird discounts.

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Universities to Collaborate on Product Development Project

Several engineering universities will participate in a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) research project that will be launched this fall by the Georgia Institute of Technology. Universities that have already signed on to participate include Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden, Des Moines Area Community College, Monr'e County Community College, Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Maryland. The schools will partner with an as-yet unnamed manufacturer to provide mechanical engineering students with a complete understanding of PLM, which involves managing products throughout their entire life cycle. Teams of students will use PTC Inc.'s Windchill ProjectLink, an enterprise collaboration platform, to help them work together from remote locations on a large design project. Georgia Tech Professor Robert Fulton said the project is one of the "first-ever uses of enterprise collaboration technology in an academic setting."

Purdue G'es Grid in Linking 2,300 Idle Computers

Purdue University is in the process of linking 2,300 computers to create a computational grid to perform research that previously was performed on supercomputers. The work is being done by United Devices, which specializes in grid computing. The grid computer will take advantage of computers throughout the university, which sit idle at least some of the time. "Our instructional labs close at 1:00 a.m. and reopen at 7:00 a.m. During those six hours, 2,300 machines sat idle," said David Moffett, associate vice president of research computing services at Purdue. "The compute cycles existed, but no one was using them in the dark of night. With United Devices, we were able to create a grid to use those cycles, maintain throughput, and clear our supercomputers for tasks that they're much more qualified to perform."

United Devices also operates the world's largest Grid for grand-scale research that consists of more than two million devices in over 220 countries. For more information on secure grid solutions, visit:; to volunteer your idle compute power, visit:

MIT Info Theorist, Ethernet Inventor, to Share Marconi Award

Information theorist Robert Gallager, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor, and Robert Metcalfe, who developed the Ethernet computer networking standard, will share this year's International Marconi Fellowship. With its motto, "Communications for Goodness Sake," the Marconi Fellowship Foundation at Columbia University is dedicated to recognizing people whose application of communications technology has had a positive and lasting impact on human progress. The award comes with a $100,000 honorarium to be shared by the two honorees.

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SPONSOR: Syllabus fall2003

Call for Papers Extended to July 7! Syllabus fall2003 in Boston

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