The SCCS Ethernet Committee
In September, 1995, the SCCS established an committee to explore the
possiblity of bringing ethernet service to any or all dorm rooms on
campus. We were well aware of the Computing Center's long term plan to
incorporate ethernet into the current network topology, but we also
realized this change would not occur before the majority of the interested
Over the summer of 1995, a plan was devised whereby the SCCS would
purchase, install and maintain ethernet equipment in the dorms as an
interim solution. The members of the SCCS recognized this would entail a
signifigant amount of time, funding, and support from the CC and the
college. However, those concerned felt the effort would be worth the
benefits. The Ethernet Committee was formed to investigate the
Late Breaking News!
The week after Fall Break, Todd and Aaron went to speak to Mark Dumic from
the CC. He had some good advice and some sobering news. First, he
basically informed us that our current plan was infeasible. The reason:
the ethernet backbone for the school was reaching saturation. He explained
that with the current setup, groups up to 5 dorms are essentially linked
together into one large ethernetwork. Each of these ethernets is tied
together with the acedmic networks and such in either Parrish or Beasdsley
basement. For example, with the current setup, Danawell, Wharton and PPR
are all tied together on one network. With this setup, the combined network
traffic from all the localtalk users alone is starting to fill these
networks. Within 1 to 2 years, it will be necessary to rearrange the
With this in mind he presented what he described as a 'very rough' budget
for new equipment totalling about $200,000. He explained his position as
'he would love to do it this summer, if he only had the money.' With
that in mind, the Ethernet Committee has decided to shift its focus to
becoming a lobbying group for an official CC-administered ethernet.
Later, Mark also told us that he had recently spoken to local dealers of
ethernet equipment from SMC Incorporated, a major manufacturer, and
explained that he had been offered an educational discount which would
reduce the price estimates given to us by a sizable percentage.
More details on the ethernet vs. localtalk controversy as they develop.
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This page last updated November 4, 1995.