Benchmarks - March, 2015

Campus Computing News

WiFi Conductor

Outdoor WiFi at UNT

By Dr. Philip Baczewski, Senior Director of Academic Computing and User Services and Deputy Chief Information Officer for University Information Technology

In October of 2014, we announced that University Information Technology and UNT System IT Shared Services had embarked on a project to enhance wireless network (WiFi) access in key UNT buildings. We can report that Phases 1 and 2 of that project as described in the October article have been completed and Phase 3 of the project is on track to be completed this Spring on schedule. By the time the project is finished, the number of wireless access points on campus will have grown from about a total of 600 to over 2000 on the UNT Denton campuses..

Online Training Resources for Office 365

Office 365 Cloud

By Nassos Galiopoulos, Manager – Enterprise Collaboration Services (ITSS)

Information Technology Shared Services has compiled some useful Office 365 training resources available online for employees to easily access. Migrating to Office 365 is becoming increasingly popular because of the features and benefits it offers through a collection of tools, applications and services. Therefore, helping you get more work done, anytime, and anywhere using a variety of computing devices.

Adobe Products from OnTheHub is a Great Deal for Faculty and Staff

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By Dr. Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Director - Academic Computing Technical Services

Last month I showed faculty and staff how to take advantage of their five free copies of Microsoft Office and/or purchase (for a nominal fee) older versions of the Office Suite with a DVD copy. This month I will explore setting up home use of Adobe products on faculty and staff machines. For those of you who have not updated your Adobe products for awhile, the era of getting a big package of DVDs of the company's software for a one-time really high price (even the educational discount was pretty steep)is long gone. Adobe's most popular products (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Acrobat Pro) are now bundled in the "creative cloud" and users download the products and then lease them on a monthly or yearly basis. The Creative Cloud Suite contains almost 20 useful and powerful Adobe apps.

There's still time to register for these upcoming CLEAR Events

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By Amber Bryant, Senior Marketing Specialist, CLEAR

Mark your calendars and make sure and register for these upcoming events! CLEAR has some great events planned for this spring.

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By the Numbers

Down the Corridor of Years


Benchmarks Online publications from 2011 note: 

  • January 2011 marked the one-year anniversary of the operation of the Talon High-Performance Computing System (HPC).
  • ACUS adds 24 additional processing nodes to the Talon HPC system for a total of 2080 cpu cores in the cluster. 4 compute nodes were added with Nvidia's Tesla M2050 GPU computing module that include 448 GPUs per node.
  • The Information Science Building (ISB) is renamed Sycamore Hall. 
  • Micheal DiPaolo is hired as the UNT System Chief Information Officer (CIO).
  • John Hooper is named Deputy CIO for the UNT System maintaining his role as acting CIO for UNT.
  • Philip Baczewski is named UNT Deputy CIO with UIT divisions reporting directly to him. 
  • A number of computing infrastructure and shared services move to a newly created IT Shared Services organization under mangement of the UNT System.
  • University Information Technology (UIT) is formed as the new central computing organization at UNT comprising Academic Computing and User Services, Administrative Information Technology Services, and Classroom Support Services/Microcomputer Maintenance Services.
  • Students are able to have text messages sent to their cell phone of choice to alert them every time they get an important message in the Message Center located on the portal

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