- We will be upgrading the following conference rooms during the last 2 weeks of August: BYENG 420, 455, 484, 576, 580, and 598, and Peralta 230W. Most of these rooms will be outfitted with a HD 70” LCD TVs, wireless display capabilities, HDMI, mini-DisplayPort, and USB C connectivity to support the latest devices. We will also be adding a HD USB Camera and Table Mic that will allow any user to bring a laptop in to setup a Video conference from their device using their preferred video conferencing software of choice.
- Dropbox Migration: We are in the process of moving all Faculty and Staff to Dropbox as the preferred desktop/laptop backup solution. As you may know, Using ASU’s Dropbox requires your device (s) to be encrypted and password protected. If you would like us to help you get setup sooner rather than later please put in a ticket link is above. We can assist with setting your system(s) so that your important data is synced/backed up automatically. We will eventually be in contact with all Faculty and Staff to complete this migration.
- Encryption Project: We are still in the process of encrypting all CIDSE Desktops and Laptops. At this time we are above the ~60% mark so we will continue working with you and your RAs/TAs to continue to encrypt the remaining systems. Note: We have had several RAs/TAs decrypting their systems after we encrypt them. While we have had very few issues if there is a legitimate reason you need a device decrypted due to specific research. Please open a ticket and we can work with you on this to put system an exception group. Also if you notice machines is not encrypted please submit a ticket and will can assist with encryption of the device.
Other IT News:
- New ways to install software on Windows systems
- Over the last year we have been moving Windows systems to be managed by SCCM. This system allows us to publish software to your systems as well as allow you and your RA/TAs to open the desktop icon called “ Software Center” it will display available software to install, e.g. Matlab, Visual studio, office 2016, JMP, Mathematica… We are working to have similar functionality on OS X and Linux systems over the next year.
- IT equipment Purchasing & Reimbursement Standards
- We have email all faculty and staff a PDF of the standards. We will also be adding the standards to our website.
- We have noticed that a lot of RAs/TAs have installed TeamViewer on their computers.
- Unfortunately ASU is not licensed for this product so and each license costs over $1,000 per concurrent user. We realize this is a convenient product but we are not licensed for it. We will provide information to uses in the near future on how to use other remote desktop products. TeamViewer will be remotely uninstalled once we finalize this documentation.
- We have seen an increased interest in GPU compute systems.
- For grad students/faculty that need to work CPU/GPU intensive applications but doesn’t have a cluster available http://researchcomputing.asu.edu/ is a free limited resource. Here is some help documentation well: http://saguaro1.researchcomputing.asu.edu/howto/index.php
- CIDSE is also working on building a GPU computer cluster. The 1st of 3 nodes purchased from Student funding from the Dean’s office: (24 Core processing cores, 4 NVidia 8 GB 1080 GPU cards, 256GB ram) per Node for instructional use. With this equipment we will have periods of time that classes will not be using it. So we will be developing a way to allow faculty to contribute funding for a node of an equivalent or better, they will then will get access to the full cluster during times that it is not in use by courses. We are still working out the details, but please email me at Lincoln.Slade@asu.edu if you are interested in evaluating this as an option rather than buying your own cluster or GPU compute workstation..
- New Adviser center will be opened up in Centerpoint. (Expected move-in will be during Winter break)
- End Game Restaurant Space will be renovated to provide additional research and instructional space in 2 phases. Phase 1 use the space much as it is until May, phase 2 will start with a complete remodel and to be expected to be ready by Fall Semester.
- Flexible E-space instructional lab for hands on classes (e.g. FSE 100, CSE 325, IEE Manufacturing classes).
- Instructional Manufacturing/Metrology Lab
- Shared Advanced Robotics lab for research.
- We will be looking for options to renovate the 4th floor for both the CASCADE and the Cyber Security Centers.
- All BYENG IT Staff will be relocated in to the current CIDSE Advising center location which include the following groups: CIDSE IT, ETS IT, EDO IT, and GOEE IT staff. (December/Jan)
- We will be adding Services in the coming months after the month that will include, Traditional walkup helpdesk and main phone number for emergency requests between 8-5.
- We will be looking to expand the current Tutoring center in Centerpoint, this may mean demoing existing TA study rooms which we will most likely move in to a space IT currently occupies on the 2nd floor of BYENG.