MSE Graduate computers upgrade
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Our Graduate Student computer lab's computers are getting old and outdated.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 All of the existing scanners are out of date and do not work.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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
The graduate computer lab computers seem to be getting much slower. Is there any way to replace them soon?
Materials Science & Engineering
University of Washington
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.
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.
Graduate Research Assistant, Ohuchi/Olmstead Group
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Washington, Seattle
1.4GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz)
Dual boot option, reliable hardware, modern OS.
2.7GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz
Old models' replacement, better screen resolution, more energy efficient, compatible with Mac OS 10.10.
Epson® Perfection® V37 Color ScannerJustification
All existing scanners are either broken, or not compatible with the operating systems. Both, the Graduate and Undergraduate computer labs need scanners.
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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