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Overview of the Information and Media Center

Toyohashi University of Technology’s Information and Media Center (IMC) was established in April 2005, by integrating the Information Processing Center and the Multimedia Center.
The purpose of the IMC is to manage and operate the campus network system and the academic computing environment to promote research and education. It also serves as a shared facility that provides internet and computer services to students and faculty/staff members.

The on-campus communication network was originally built for ATMs in 1996. In 2002, a high-speed information network GbE (Gigabit Ethernet) was introduced to the campus, and now we have built a backbone ring network with a speed of up to 10 Gbps (with terminal connection speeds of up to 1 Gbps).
Connections to off-campus network services have also been enhanced from 15 Mbps in 2002, to 100 Mbps in 2003, and up to 1 Gbps via SINET 4 in 2011.
In July 2008, we launched a hosting service for web servers, mail servers, and DNS servers in order to improve security and reduce the management burden on the IMC, departments and laboratories.

In September 2010, we created a thin client environment that enables network booting, by introducing a total of about 350 terminals with a Windows/Linux dual booting system in two computing rooms (Terminal Rooms 1 and 2), a multimedia classroom and an independent study room within the center, as well as to facilities outside the center, such as D-202 and D4-702 and 703.
We also have established an integrated authentication system with LDAP and ActiveDirectory, allowing individual students and faculty/staff members to use a single user ID and password to access the IMC system, wireless LAN, thin clients of the administration bureau, the academic affairs system, the library system, etc.

As part of the e-learning Higher Education Coordination Project, in April 2004 we started to provide remote teaching to technical colleges and universities with credit transfer agreements. We also develop web learning materials and manage the learning management system Moodle.
In February 2007, we established a lecture recording studio in the IMC, which is used to create e-learning lecture videos.
We also manage and operate a video transmission system that enables the sending and receiving of high-quality lecture/seminar videos between classrooms through the university’s LAN.

To support research activity, the IMC borrows computational resources from Kyoto University’s supercomputer system for large-scale simulations, and for small-scale simulations, we provide a computing server (CPU: Opteron 8439E, Memory: 128 GB) and research workstations equipped with highly specialized software and analysis applications, including a scientific computing library and parallel computation tools.
The IMC’s equipment and software are freely available for research purposes.
We also hold lectures and workshops concerning our software and systems.

The History of the IMC

April 1981 Computer Center established
April 1988 Information Processing Center established
February 1989 Information Processing Center System (NDGMV 20000) introduced
March 1989 On-campus LAN service launched
March 1993 SINET connection launched
March 1994 Information Processing Center System upgraded (DEC 3000, etc.)
March 1994 Campus Information Network established
April 1996 MUPS (Multimedia University Pilot Study) Project launched
August 1996 The construction of the Multimedia Center completed
December 1996 Multimedia Education System introduced (SGI ONYX, Challenge DM, Indigo2, etc.)
December 1996 ATM network established
February 1997 Multimedia Center established
March 1997 Space Collaboration System (SCS) introduced
April 1997 MUPS Project launched (until March 2002)
March 1998 Information Processing Center upgraded (SGI ORIGIN 2000, DEC AlphaServer, etc.)
February 2002 Information Processing Center upgraded (COMPAQ AlphaServer GS160, etc.)
March 2002 High-speed Campus Information Network (GbE) established
March 2002 Web education classroom (Room: B-206) system introduced
April 2002 Project to promote IT in higher education launched (until March 2004)
May 2002 SINET connection line speed increased to 15 Mbps
February 2003 Distance Learning Server System introduced
May 2003 SINET connection line speed increased to 100 Mbps
March 2004 Multimedia Classroom System upgraded (MintWaveVID, MiNTPC, Pidotto3, etc.)
March 2004 Wireless LAN introduced in lecture building
April 2004 e-learning Higher Education Coordination Project (eHELP) launched
April 2005 Information and Media Center (IMC) launched by integrating Information Processing Center and Multimedia Center
March 2006 Computing System upgraded (SGI Altix350, etc.)
October 2006 Video Transmission System introduced to the lecture building (A Building); CATV terminated
February 2007 Lecture recording studio created
July 2008 Hosting (common server) service launched
July 2010 Microsoft Campus Agreement concluded
Software Provision Service launched
September 2010 Computing System upgraded (Significant expansion of lab terminals)
Campus network upgraded (10 Gbps backbone ring)
March 2010 Audiovisual System upgraded (Rooms: MM, A1-101, A1-201)
February 2011 Lecture Building Wireless LAN System upgraded and access points increased (Buildings: A, A1, A2)
April 2011 SINET4 connection (1 Gbps)
October 2011 Lecture Building Wireless LAN System area expanded (student facilities, Hibari lounge)
March 2012 Audiovisual System upgraded (Rooms: A2-101, A2-201)
August 2012 Campus-wide Wireless LAN System introduced

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