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Department of Computer Science News

Scheduled Computer System Down Time and Reduced Service over Spring Break

Posted Mar. 22, 2010

UPDATE on 3/23 -- phones are now expected to be operational all week, but the shutdown days are now MONDAY and WEDNESDAY (not Thursday as previously planned).  These changes are now reflected below.

Both Computer Science and Mathematical Science computer systems will be subject to down time and reduced service over the Spring break.  The exact schedule will depend on progress and environmental conditions.  The current estimate of the outages is below.

For Spring Break plus the weekends before and after (beginning the afternoon of Friday March 26 until the afternoon of Monday April 5), there will be reduced service in general, similar to that during the Winter break -- access to file servers, mail and web, but not necessarily to any research machines or from labs or individual offices.

  • For the extended weekend BEFORE Spring Break (afternoon of Friday March 26 through the morning of Monday March 28), there will be COMPLETE shutdowns for SHORT PERIODS only
  • For the BEGINNING of Spring Break (6:00am Monday March 29 until around 9:00am on Tuesday March 30), there will be a COMPLETE shutdown, including the building network.
  • For the MIDDLE of Spring Break (6:00am Wednesday Mach 31 until around 9:00am on Thursday April 1), there will be a COMPLETE shutdown, including the building network.
  • For the extended weekend AFTER Spring Break (Friday April 2 through afternoon of Monday April 5), there will be COMPLETE shutdowns for SHORT PERIODS only


Note that this construction means that normal student labs and access to equipment will not be available over the Spring break. Instructors are advised to plan accordingly and not schedule student homework or projects, which would require computer access during that period. It is intended that phone service will be maintained in the building during the period.

Again, we apologize for this necessary down time, but the Spring break is the occasion that will cause least disruption to the operations of both departments.

Paul Farrell
Systems Coordinator