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La Serena Computer Facility: Changing Times (1Dec95) (from CTIO, NOAO Newsletter No. 44, December 1995) A moment of history occurred in September when the last computer in our central facility was moved into its new and much smaller home. The old computer room, now decimated and strewn with disused cables, has seen the passing of IBM, Harris, Data General, DEC, and Sun Microsystems mainframes. The advent of network file servers and desktop workstations has enabled us to reduce our central facility, and cut electricity costs used for air conditioning and the large UPS and power conditioning equipment. The new computer room, remodeled from an existing space in the computing building, houses two Sparc 10 central servers and two Sun 4/390 multipurpose machines. The Suns are candidates for near to medium term replacement. Two 1/2" nine-track tape drives remain available for use by those users with archived 1600/6250 bpi data. The move was carried out over a two month period with no significant disruptions to normal operation. The large, old computer room will be used as office space for incoming Gemini Project staff. Ron Lambert
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