[Message from Dean Andrew Moore]
Four SCS Computing Facilities Updates
As I portended in the previous status update, we recently started a much closer partnership between SCS Computing Facilities and CMU Computing Services aimed at getting rid of unproductive duplication.
A quick list of our progress so far:
- Likely you did not notice, but we have converted the outer edge of our SCS wired network to being managed by CMU Computing Services.
- One very exciting result of the network convergence project was that on Sept 29 Ron Zack and Matt Nickerson were recognized with Andy Awards. Congratulations, Matt and Ron, we thank you sincerely.
- More news: Beginning on November 1, 2016, SCS/CF will no longer charge for network services.
- Up next...email. The team is working to improve email offerings. I know that yellow and red flags will be springing up for almost everyone when they hear that, but please understand we are being very careful about this effort. A group of SCS faculty members have kindly agreed to serve as a board of advisors to our implementation team. If things proceed as planned, most users in SCS will see a direct impact of these changes in the coming weeks and months. In particular, since after these changes our mail services will be served via CMU resources rather than SCS resources, we will be expected to use our Andrew credentials to login, rather than SCS credentials. (I know those yellow and red flags just started glowing, but again, the team is being very careful not to propose the things you will have all started dreading: no banning of popular email clients; no loss of established email addresses (such as @cs.cmu.edu or @ri.cmu.edu))
- Here are more details on the plans to change our email services.
- If you are already excited about the email change and just want to get started, please get in touch with Beth Maxwell (Beth.Maxwell@cs.cmu.edu) who is coordinating this transition.