Core Network Upgrade - The University is replacing an re-engineering it’s core network - the network that supports building to building and high speed communication. We are moving from a layer 2 to a layer design, which will allow us to simplify our network configuration, and increase our uptime and availability. Additionally we will be moving from a mix of 1Gb and 10Gb links between buildings, to redundant 10Gb and 40Gb uplinks in the core and at the building. These changes are being made to accommodate ubiquitous wireless computing, classroom and research computing, and virtual desktops and applications. This project is currently underway and roughly 70% completed, and is expected to be finished in Summer of 2017.
Increased Internet Bandwidth - The University is working on expanding Internet and Internet2 bandwidth, and implementing redundant connections. For Fall of 2016, The university has tripled available bandwidth, and is working on upgrading and removing remaining performance bottlenecks. We are working with OARnet to upgrade our last mile circuit from 10Gb to 100Gb. This upgrade will allow us to scale our Internet and Internet2 bandwidth to meet all demands of learning and research.
Upgraded and Expanded Wireless Network - The university is adopting a mobile first approach to computer networking. To support this, we are replacing a wireless network that has components going back to the dawn of wireless, with a network based on the latest WiFi standard, 802.11ac wave2. The new network will be able to support wireless as the primary means of connectivity for teaching and learning. This project started in Summer of 2016, with initial rollout being focused on classrooms, student focused service areas, and residence halls. This project is roughly 40% complete, with replacement of the old network expected to be completed in Summer of 2017. In fall of 2017, we will begin cycles of continuos coverage evaluation, with active surveys and corrections being implemented to fill in coverage areas as needed.
Upgraded Edge Network and Campus Wiring - The university is upgrading it’s edge network to support increased teaching, learning, and research connectivity, voice over IP, and the wireless rollout. To support this upgrade, the university is replacing older wiring that does not meet industry standards. We are also installing additional cabling to support mobile first computing and the additional wireless access points. This is is a project that will take place in FY2017-FY2019 with the support of money from the State biennial capital allocation.
Graphically Accelerated Virtual Desktops - We are rolling out a new virtual application/desktop infrastructure that provides better support for applications that benefit from 3D acceleration, such as Matlab, Solidworks, and Autocad. This service will supplement and eventually replace the existing virtual lab infrastructure. This service will be available for Spring semester of 2017.