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In Fall 2001, the Computing Center, Management Information,
and the Telephone Office merged into the new Office of Vice
President for Information Technology (OVPIT) organization.
The information below relates only to the former Purdue University
Computing Center operation.
The OVPIT provides instructional and research computing
services, multimedia integration, and data networking to all
departments on the West Lafayette campus.
The OVPIT operates more than 50 instructional computing laboratories
with over 2,200 workstations around the campus. There are
labs equipped with Apple Macintosh, PC/Windows-compatible,
and Sun/UNIX workstations. These labs may be scheduled for
in-the-lab classes, or students may be assigned to use the
labs to complete homework assignments. Several Sun computer
systems serve as central file servers for the workstations
in the instructional labs. Sun systems also provide a UNIX
environment for instructional use.
A 272 processor IBM SP supercomputing system has been installed
to serve the high-performance computing needs of Purdue researchers.
The Purdue SP is a world-class supercomputer ranked in the
top 10% of the most powerful supercomputing systems in the
nation when it was installed in the summer of 2000.
In addition to the SP system, clusters of IBM RS/6000 workstations
are installed to act as servers for large research computations.
Additional RS/6000s support interactive computing applications
and act as file servers. A Sun Microsystems server provides
a general-purpose UNIX environment for faculty, staff, and
graduate students. Several terabytes of online data storage
is available for applications that require it. Consulting
on the use of these systems is available from the Research
Computing Services Division (ITRCS) staff.
The Multimedia Instructional Development Center (MIDC) helps
faculty who want to enhance their teaching with multimedia
materials. The MIDC houses multimedia hardware and software
and provides training on various multimedia software packages.
Faculty can visit the MIDC and use the equipment to digitize
video, scan images, and create graphics and animations for
their classes. MIDC staff members are available for consultation
about the design of instructional presentations. Seminars
and workshops offered by the MIDC address topics such as Web
page development, image acquisition and manipulation, use
of digital video, and related issues. An annual grant program
administered by the MIDC provides funding to faculty who want
to develop instructional applications using multimedia.
The Purdue data network links major campus buildings with
optical fiber, providing high-speed TCP/IP connections to
a constantly increasing number of departmental systems and
subnets. All major systems on campus are interconnected via
the network. Network access is available from all University
buildings, including the RESNET system in the on-campus student
residence halls. This same RESNET system provides off-campus
students, faculty, and staff with network addresses and access
capabilities equivalent to those available in on-campus residence
halls and offices. Internet access is also available to all
users on the campus network.
| Academic Classrooms
| Instructional Lab
Users (per day)
| Buildings Networked
| Active Network
| E-mail Transactions
Delivered (per day)
of the Vice President for Information Technology