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News Update from Campus Technology for Tuesday, November 9, 2004

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News for Tuesday, November 9, 2004

* CAVEwave Opens ‘New Era’ in Wide-Area Optical Networks
* First Terabyte JPEG Demo at UConn Imaging Symposium
* Researcher Forecasts Significant Growth in CompSec Job Market
* Growth Charts: UCSC, UI Chicago, Plan Engineering Expansion
* Noteworthy Deals: WebCT Picked for “Inter-Professional” Uses
* Noteworthy Deals: UC Irvine Researcher Lands Stellar Contract

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CAVEwave Opens ‘New Era’ in Wide Area Optical Networks

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL)
at has acquired a dedicated 10 Gigabit per second (Gbps) wavelength on the National
LambdaRail (NLR) infrastructure from Chicago to San Diego. The 3,200-mile wavelength,
known as the CAVEwave, will initially support the National Science Foundation-
funded OptIPuter project shared between UIC and the University of California, San

Computer scientists said the development marked a new era in control over and
accessibility to national-scale optical networking capabilities for the U.S.
research community. "CAVEwave provides researchers with a deterministic network,
with guaranteed bandwidth, schedulable times and known latency characteristics, in
order to understand requirements for the real-time visualization, analysis and
correlation of terabytes and petabytes of data from multiple storage sites," said
EVL director Tom DeFanti. "All this bandwidth, which supplements our existing
network infrastructure, for less than the cost of a 32-node cluster at each end!"

NLR is a major initiative of U.S. research universities and private sector technology
companies to provide a cutting-edge national scale network infrastructure for
research and experimentation in networking technologies. The defining characteristic
of the NLR infrastructure is its ability to support many distinct networks for the
U.S. research community using the same core infrastructure. The OptIPuter will be
among several demonstrations supported by the NLR infrastructure at the SC2004
conference being held this week in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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Developing a Connected Campus

The communication technology issues for IT professionals
on campus are myriad—from meeting the demand for wireless
services, to knowing if and when to implement Voice over Internet
Protocol (VoIP), and the funding challenges of each decision.
Read what colleges and universities are doing to meet
these demands on a special Syllabus micro site sponsored by
SBC. A new article, “VoIP Moves into the Spotlight,” examines
the benefits, costs and challenges of VoIP through case studies
at several institutions. For more information on this as well as
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First Terabyte JPEG Dem'ed at UConn Imaging Symposium

The University of Connecticut last week hosted a symposium last week on accelerating
the adoption of the JPEG 2000 compression standard in the library and archival
communities. JPEG 2000 is a method created by the international JPEG 2000 Committee
to compress large image files so they take less storage space and less time to
send electronically.

The conference brought together librarians and archivists in the digital imaging
arena, along with developers of the JPEG 2000 standard, selected vendors, as well
as image and signal processing scientists. "Libraries and archives were not at the
table when JPEG 2000 was created, so this gathering is pivotal for the further
advancement of JPEG 2000 in our professions," said Peter Murray, assistant to the
director for technology initiatives, University of Connecticut Libraries.

Among the presentations were a demonstration by Earth Mapping Resources Inc.’s
chief software architect Simon Cope of real-time access to “the world’s first
one-terabyte” – 1,000 gigabyte –JPEG 2000 image.

Keynoter Rob Buckley, a Xerox research fellow, extolled the standard, saying, “JPEG
2000 allows multiple renditions to be available from a single compressed image.
Using JPEG 2000, researchers located anywhere in the world can look at a specific
document via the Internet and zoom in close enough to see details such as the
scratch marks made from a quill pen or other fine detail. No other compression
tool can offer this flexibility."

"Access to collections of visual images is not only a business problem but also the
key to preserving our cultural heritage," he added.

Other organizations at the conference included the Rochester Institute of Technology,
University of Arizona, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Louisiana State University, the Library of Congress, Institute of Museum and Library
Services, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Growth Charts: UCSC, UI Chicago, Plan Engineering Expansions

The University of California at Santa Cruz last week dedicated a new building that
will double the size of its engineering school. The campus's long-range plan, released
late last month, calls for increasing the number of students by the end of the next
decade to 21,000, an increase of about 45 percent. The plan also calls for doubling
the square footage of building space by 2020 to meet the needs for new research
facilities, classrooms and campus housing.

At a dedication ceremony attended by UC President Robert Dynes and other dignitaries,
Sung-Mo “Steve” Kang, dean of UC-SC’s Baskin School of Engineering--also announced
a new $1 million grant from Kumar Malavalli, co-founder and CEO of InMage Systems.
Cisco Systems donated $557,000 to the school, Kang said.

Meanwhile, the University of Illinois at Chicago hired Northwestern University
engineering dean Prith Banerjee as Dean of the College of Engineering. While at
Northwestern, Banerjee came up with an idea to automate compute chip design. He
raised over $8 million to form AccelChip, which employs 25 people and claims annual
revenues of $800,000.

Researcher Forecasts Significant Growth in CompSec Job Market

Research firm IDC is expected to release a report today forecasting significant
growth in jobs for computer security specialists. Several factors augur the growth:
the boom in computer system attacks, an explosion in new communication access
technologies, and new federal regulations covering data security. "Organizations
are looking for security talent right now," particularly those who can marry
technology know-how with business savvy, Allan Carey, the IDC analyst who conducted
the study, told Dow Jones News Service. "Their skills are in high demand, and there's
been a shortage of those individuals."

Carey predicts the ranks of full-time information-security professionals worldwide
will grow 13.7 percent a year to more than 2.1 million in 2008 from an estimated
1.15 million in 2003. That compares to a growth rate of 5 percent to 8 percent for
more general IT jobs.

Gateway: A Lesson in Teamwork

Learn how Creighton University streamlined their technology
environment and reduced service and support costs in this exclusive
white paper by Gateway. A Lesson in Teamwork gives you a comprehensive
blueprint for creating a reliable and cost-efficient high speed network
on your campus. Visit the Campus Technology Resource page to download
this important white paper and see how Gateway can help you to make an
anytime, anywhere learning environment a reality at your institution.


Noteworthy Deals: WebCT Picked for “Inter-Professional” Learning

The Homerton School of Health Studies (HSHS) at Cambridge University picked WebCT’s
Campus Edition course management system to provide pre-registration and post-graduate
health professionals accessible online education and to encourage "inter-professional"
learning in its courses.

The new system will be used for course sharing with Anglia Polytechnic University,
a partner institution, and for health professionals across Cambridgeshire to share
best practices and to meet government recommendations for accessible,
inter-departmental education, the school said.

Part of Homerton College at the University of Cambridge, HSHS is a major provider
of education for the National Health Service (NHS), predominantly in Cambridgeshire.
HSHS decided to introduce WebCT Campus Edition to complement its traditional
classroom-based teaching with e-learning. The goal is to provide students and
post-graduate nurses, midwives and allied health professionals with a more flexible,
accessible online learning environment to suit their busy work schedules and reduce
the time they spend away from their jobs for training.

Noteworthy Deals: UC Irvine Researcher Lands Stellar Contract

A UC Irvine Henry Samueli School of Engineering researcher was been awarded a $679,000
contract with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) to develop guidance algorithms aimed
at pinpointing future Mars landers within 100 meters of the desired site. Kenneth
Mease, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is the principal
investigator for the 3-year project.

Mease's team will be developing an algorithm to control a Mars lander's flight
during the "hypersonic entry phase" to compensate for variations in atmospheric
conditions and vehicle performance, and deliver the vehicle with pinpoint accuracy
to the parachute deployment point. He is also developing an algorithm that will
steer the lander during the "powered-descent phase" to compensate for wind drift
during the parachute phase.

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