Proposal

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Introduction

Proposal ID 2015-007
Submitted January 12, 2015
Owner msehelp
Department Materials Science and Engineering, Department of
Category Computer Labs
Funding Status Not Funded
Metric Score 3.00

Contacts

Primary
  • Name
  • Title
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Mailbox
  • Laszlo Szeleczki
  • Sr. Computer Specialist
  • lszelecz@uw.edu
  • 2065433109
  • 352120
Budget
  • Name
  • Title
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Mailbox
  • Yen Cone
  • Administrator
  • ycone@uw.edu
  • 2065432616
  • 352120
Dean
  • Name
  • Title
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Mailbox
  • Michael B. Bragg
  • Dean of COE
  • mbragg@uw.edu
  • 206-543-1829
  • 352180

Descriptions

Abstract

We are requesting 12 Apple Mini and 2 Apple iMac 24" computers. The Apple Mini units will support dual boot to Mac OS 10.10 and Windows OS 10. We are also asking for 8 flatbed scanners for all student computers.
Our Graduate Student computer lab's computers are getting old and outdated. These are 32 bit Dell desktop computers, approximately 5-6 years old. Same applies to the Apple iMac units, which are becoming very slow. All of the existing scanners are out of date and do not work. We would like to upgrade to the upcoming Windows 10 OS and have the proper hardware for it.

Category Justification

Our Department has funded most of the Undergraduate computer lab's unit purchases in the last 2 years. However, additional funding is quite limited at this time, therefore, we need help from the STF organization.
We are not asking for any new monitors. The Department will still fund the security devices for each new computer.
The Graduate computer lab is accessible by both Graduate and Undergraduate students. Undergraduates do have to work with their senior counterparts, TAs.
Certain software, specific for their project needs are not available in campus and it has to be installed individually. Although, most of the software like this is license free, the hardware requirements are steep. Without proper hardware, these programs cannot be run adequately.

Background

The Roberts Hall 131 computers lab runs on 12 Dell small factor units and 4 Apple iMac all-in-one machines. We have 4 flat bed scanners connected, but none of them are upgradable and not compatible. Unfortunately, the scanners in the Undergraduate computer lab are in the same shape, so it is not possible to use any of those, either. One of the iMacs has died and two others are getting very slow to boot.

Benefits to Students and the University

The new hardware will allow the latest operating system installation. This can boost the productivity and smoother performance on specialized software usage. The newer computers will require less repairs.

Departmental Endorsements

Dear STF:
I strongly support Laszlo Szeleczki's requests for funding to improve MSE computer labs for both Graduate and Undergraduate. This funding will greatly enhance students learning experiences in MSE
thanks
Yen

Regards,

Hong-Yen Cone, Administrator
Department of Materials Science & Engineering
University of Washington
302D Roberts Hall, Box 352120
Seattle, WA 98195-2120
Phone: 206-543-2616 ; Fax: 206-543-3100
email: ycone@u.washington.edu

Installation Timeline

Soon after the hardware arrives, the new units will be customized for the U.W. requirements and installed to the computer lab.

Resources Provided by Department

Each registered student use their NetID/UWID, which they use to login to the workstations.
Disaster recovery is managed by cloned Ghost images that allow recovering a compromised workstation within couple hours.
Printing is provided by Publishing Services with 1 satellite print centers in the computer lab.
Computer Support:
2 full time employees maintain the MSE Department computer and research facilities. One Senior Computer Specialist provides 90% of the support and the 1 technical personnel cover the additional 10% computing needs in the research labs.
Computer facilities:
Lab Roberts 131 – Graduate;
- 12 Dell workstations / 4 GB RAM, DVD-RW, Windows 7 Pro, Windows Office 2013 Pro, 24” SuperSharp Flat Display.
- 4 Apple iMac 24" / 4 GB RAM, OS 10.9, MS Office 2011, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD,
Lab Mueller 178 – Undergraduate:
- 14 Apple Mini computers, dual boot to Windows 7 Pro, / 4 GB RAM, DVD-RW, MS Office 2013, 18” UltraShap flat Display.
- 4 Apple iMac 24" / 4 GB RAM, Superdrive, OS 10.9, MS Office 2011, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD,
Mueller 178A – Servers:
- 2 Silicon Mechanics servers / AMD Opteron, 32 GB RAM, MS 2012 OS,
- 2 Dell PowerEdge 2560 servers/ 3 Ghz CPU, 2 GB RAM, 480 GB HD, Windows 2008 OS.
- 1 Apple Xserve server/ 1.0/2.0 Ghz CPU, 1/8 GB RAM, 160/80 GB HD, OS 10.6 server.

Access Restrictions (if any)

The COE registered students have 24/7 access to the computers. The log in system is through the NetID authentication method and each computer lab door has a combination lock, with coded access.

Student Endorsements

Hey Laszlo,
The graduate computer lab computers seem to be getting much slower. Is there any way to replace them soon?

Thanks

Alex Henson
Graduate Student
Ohuchi Group
Materials Science & Engineering
University of Washington
206.498.2135

Laszlo Szeleczki,

I'd like to say that using STF funds for new computers for student use would be very helpful. It's obvious the current computers are old and slow, which makes working on them difficult. When I was trying to run simulation software on one of them, it was much slower than it should have been, forcing me to work several hours longer than it would have taken on a newer and faster computer.

Sincerely,
Matthew Crank

Dear Laszlo-

As you may know, our MSE graduate student computer lab could really use some upgrades. If STF money could be allotted to replace some of the computers or maybe even include a printer in our grad computer lab it would be extremely useful to myself and my fellow students.

Best Regards,

Jessica Tjalsma

--
Jessica Tjalsma

Graduate Research Assistant, Ohuchi/Olmstead Group
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Washington, Seattle
Ph: 206-679-3866
Email: jtjalsma@u.washington.edu

Items

Group Funded Item Unit price Quantity Subtotal
Computers

Apple Mini

$647.00 12 $7,764.00
Description

1.4GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz)
8GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
Intel HD Graphics 5000
Apple HDMI to DVI Adapter
Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
(Apple Edu Pricing)

Justification

Dual boot option, reliable hardware, modern OS.

Apple iMac

$1,249.00 4 $4,996.00
Description

2.7GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz
8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2X4GB
1TB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
Intel Iris Pro Graphics
Apple Mouse
Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (English) & User's Guide

Justification

Old models' replacement, better screen resolution, more energy efficient, compatible with Mac OS 10.10.

computers accessories

Scanner

$95.99 8 $767.92
Description

Epson® Perfection® V37 Color Scanner

Justification

All existing scanners are either broken, or not compatible with the operating systems. Both, the Graduate and Undergraduate computer labs need scanners.

tax

Tax

$1,500.00 1 $1,500.00
Description

Shipping and handling, plus tax to be paid.

Justification

U.W. is required to pay tax on all purchases.

Total requested: $15,027.92

Total funded: $0.00

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