CT News Update June 21, 2005

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News for Tuesday, June 21, 2005

* Barcelona MareNostrum Supercomputer Connects to IPv6
* Case Western Witnesses Birth of 'SimBaby' Teaching Tool
* Syracuse Consolidates List Management Across 13 Schools
* Grants: Rockefeller Pledges $100M to Namesake University
* Grants: UW-Madison Wins Rich Media Tech and Cash Grant
* Deals: Missouri Southern State Secures Wireless Network

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Barcelona MareNostrum Supercomputer Gets IPv6 Connectivity

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center’s MareNostrum
Supercomputer has been enabled with IPv6 connectivity.
A Spanish consortium hosting the supercomputer said
this is the first instance of a supercomputer enabled
with Internet Protocol, version 6. IPv6 provides more
IP address space than the currently used version 4.
It also offers integrated security and mobility
features, and supports auto-configuration.

The IPv6 connection was inaugurated at the Global
IPv6 Summit in Barcelona, hosted by the Internet
Global Congress (IGC). MareNostrum has been benchmarked
as Europe’s most powerful supercomputer, and the 4th
fastest in the world.

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center, the national
center of supercomputing in Spain, is a consortium
that includes the Spanish Ministry of Education and
Science, the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalonian
Local Government) and the Technical University of
Catalonia. Its mission is to investigate, develop
and manage the technology to facilitate the advancement
of science, with special care being paid to deep computing,
computer architecture, life sciences and earth science.

For more information visit: http://www.bsc.es

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Case Western Witnesses Birth of 'SimBaby' Teaching Tool

Neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) students at Case Western
Reserve University's (OH) School of Nursing are using the
latest high-tech birthing training tool. "SimBaby" is a
$28,000 robotic simulator that can cry, cough, grunt,
snore, and respond to human touch. To do so, it also
breathes, has a pulse, and maintains heart rhythm and
blood pressure.

SimBaby can be programmed to simulate a range of
illnesses and medical emergencies, including cardiac
arrest and breathing difficulties. Students are told
of SimBaby's "symptoms" and must perform the appropriate
assessments and treatments. The baby's condition improves
or deteriorates depending on the student's intervention.

"Simulation training is rapidly advancing as an important
component of nursing and medical education," said Donna
Dowling, an assistant professor of nursing at Case and
expert in neonatal nursing practices. "Our goal is to
provide students the opportunity to simulate an emergency,
analyze the situation and think critically in forming
and implementing a plan of case management. SimBaby is
designed to help students learn what it's like to have
to make decisions quickly in an environment where it is
safe to make mistakes."


Syracuse Consolidates List Management Across 13 Schools

Syracuse University (NY) will use a single fundraising
list-management and call management software platform
across all 13 of its schools and colleges. The university
will use CPS Enterprise Edition from SER Solutions, Inc.
The solution is a combination enterprise dialing platform
and portfolio manager that enables an organization to
change contact strategies in real-time to maximize list
penetration and improve targeting during a fundraising
campaign.

Brad Sobotka, information manager of annual giving at
Syracuse, said the school had been using the firm’s
outbound dialers for the last 10 years and when it
became time to upgrade, it chose CPS Enterprise.
He said the software enabled the university to reach
90,000 alumni, 10,000 parents, and 4,000 incoming
freshmen in the space of seven months. He called it
"the best solution available in the marketplace."


Grants: Rockefeller Pledges $100M to Namesake University

Rockefeller University (NY) chairman-of-the-board David
Rockefeller has pledged $100 million to the university.
The gift will be used to fund research into genomics,
stem cell research, and brain medicine. About $30 million
of the donation will be used to fund opportunities for
graduate students pursuing global public health studies.
Some of it will also be sued to restore laboratory
buildings on the University’s campus.

"These buildings, which date back to the first decades
of the Rockefeller Institute's existence, will be
modernized to provide new interactive space that will
attract tomorrow's leaders in science," said Paul Nurse,
president of RU.


Grants: UW-Madison Wins Rich Media Tech and Cash Grant

The University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering
won a corporate grant developed to help engineering schools
improve knowledge sharing among research teams regardless
of location. The grant was made by Sonic Foundry, which
makes automated rich media systems. The company gave the
UW-Madison engineering department its Mediasite rich
media recording and publishing system ,valued at $50,000,
plus an additional $10,000.

The firm said large multi-sponsor engineering research
programs have difficulty keeping all parties across
multiple locations up-to-date on program discoveries
and progress. The Mediasite system features a multi-channel
recording and publishing system, which handles detailed
engineering diagrams, drawings, photos, schematics and
other applications that require visual clarity.

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Missouri Southern State University Secures Wireless Network

Missouri Southern State University has secured its campus-wide
wireless network with a system from BlueSocket Inc. As soon
as the university decided that wireless was the optimal
solution for a campus-wide network, authentication of
identities was crucial because of the school's federal
mandate to protect student identities, according to its
network administrator, Al Stadler. "We needed the ability
to track who was on the network," he said.

BlueSocket’s BlueSecure 5000 Controller manages 80 Foundry
access points at Missouri Southern, giving more than 5,300
students and 450 faculty and staff access to the wireless
network. The system accommodates multiple operating
environments, such as Linux and Mac-OS. Seven buildings
are currently set up for wireless and 11 more will be
connected by the end of summer.

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