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Computing News - fall 2018

  • New lab software: Rhino 6.
  • Computer labs: we replaced 20 older computers with new Dell Precision 3630 workstations each with Xeon E-2146G 3.5 GHz six-core processor, 16 GB memory, 500 GB Samsung EVO 970 NVMe solid state drive and Nvidia Quadro P2000 5 GB video card.
  • New hardware: two table mount Epson Brightlink 696ui projectors (grad studios); 55” 4K mobile display (general use); 55” 4K mobile display (grad studios); replaced old 65” mobile display with Sony 65” 4K model; replaced piggyback computer on 46” mobile touchscreen; two iPads; Beam telepresence robot (grad dept.).
  • New lab hardware: added six 24” Dell touchscreens to large lab.
  • Plot room: new HP DesignJet T1700 (Yoshi2) replaced the old Yoshi.

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