Category Archives: Green Computing

Core Services – Summer 2010

It has been a while since I last blogged anything so I thought I would take the opportunity to let you know what the Core Services team is planning for the summer. Our biggest project this year is our new … Continue reading

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SunRay Update 8

Following some of my previous calculations on power efficiency, carbon footprints and comments about heat/noise differences between Sunrays and PC’s; I mused we could factor in a ‘system’ we all know well – ourselves. Heating in has become redundant in … Continue reading

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SunRay Update 6

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The core of the new sunray release was to ensure the sunray server software were setup in an optimal manner. Moving onto new and powerful servers, with a fresh … Continue reading

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SunRay Update 5

With the new release of the menu, the requirement specification needed functionality in place which would allow administration of the sunray users from the web management interface. We have several types of user each requiring a custom Windows kiosk session. … Continue reading

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Sunray Update 3

Each PC (including TFT monitor) consumes 105 W. Each sunray (including TFT monitor) consumes 41 W. Each sunray server consumes 242 W. Thus on a bases of 500 sunray DTU’s = 20500 W. Compared to 500 individual PC’s using a … Continue reading

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Sunray Update 2

What is new? • A new streamlined menu; users can now input username and password on initial screen. • Improved performance of system, meaning everything should run smoother. • Sessions will now be managed more efficiently. If there is ever … Continue reading

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SunRay Update 1

We are pleased to announce the deployment of our new and improved sunray service. As the first anniversary of our original sunray installation approaches, I have recently been investigating, developing, improving and fixing our current setup. With 360 sunray devices … Continue reading

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How fast is my sunray?

Channel 5’s Gadget Show have been running a campaign to get internet service provides to be more honest about how fast your broadband connection really is, they often use terms like “up to 8MB” where you pay for 8Mb broadband … Continue reading

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Sustainable IT in Universities and Colleges

Sustainable IT is a subject that is going to be more and more important for all Higher Education institutions. I must admit I didn’t realise how important Sustainable IT was until I attended an energy efficiency workshop at Cardiff University. … Continue reading

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Core Services: One year on

The Core Services team was formed in June 2007, which makes the team one year old! It doesn’t seem like a year since my first blog post. The past year has been really interesting and challenging, and in all honesty … Continue reading

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VMWare 2008

“In a world of dreams, we are but Gods limited by imagination”. As technology evolves, concepts change and users adapt. We find ourselves challenging our systems to do more and more with less and less. In an effort to minimise … Continue reading

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Edge Hill University’s open access Sunray implementation – Part 1

Student open access Sunray terminal project We have recently completed our initial roll out of some 150 Sunray terminals for support and academic staff within our new £14m Faculty of Health building on the Edge Hill University Ormskirk campus. The … Continue reading

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Edge Hill University’s open access Sunray implementation – Part 2

So how does it all work then? The whole system is based on multiple Unix shell scripts. The Sunray kiosk mode (which in our case is set open a “Generic X Session” launches a shell script called “kiosk.sh” which firstly … Continue reading

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Do we all need PCs?

I spent Tuesday at the Esteem ‘Higher Education Strategy Forum’ in Edinburgh. One the agenda were some really interesting topics such as Sustainable Computing and Becoming an Eco-University. One of the presentations that really fired my imagination was a presentation … Continue reading

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Going Green – How hard can it be?

We are all obliged to look after our planet and to minimise our impact on the environment. There are a number of campaigns and environmental groups telling us that we should reduce our CO2 emissions by taking public transport, reducing … Continue reading

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