CNS History

Some years ago, we thought it would be interesting to see a timeline of milestones in CNS's past. We searched old records and asked for contributions from staffers and friends on campus. We enjoyed the results and decided to maintain a continuing record of CNS activities. The following are highlights from the material we collected.

Highlights by Year | Highlights by Topic

Highlights by Year

The 1950's
  • 1952 - The UF Statistical Labratory opened with card equipment
  • 1956 - An IBM 650 CPU was installed (.0010 MIPS)
The 1960's

Sign on UFCC building in the Farm Area (1962)
  • 1962 - The UF Statistical Center became the UF Computing Center (UFCC).
    The 650 was replaced by a 709 computer. Burton "Woody" Woodward was named Manager of the UF Computing Center (UFCC).
  • 1965 - Ralph Selfridge was named Director of the UFCC
  • 1966 - A Calcomp Pen Plotter was installed in a 1401 system. Support was added for remote terminals.
  • 1967 - The 709 was replaced by an IBM 360/50 (.1780 MIPS).
    Rate reductions were announced. 504 jobs were run on Wednesday, December 6 - a new record.
  • 1968 - The UFCC moved from the farm area to the SSRB. Interactive services were initiated (TCP, FLORTRAN, /RJE).
  • 1969 - The Annex area opened in Johnson Hall. Support was added for remote card readers. The /50 was replaced by an IBM 360/65 (.6800 MIPS).
The 1970's

IBM 3420 tape drives replace 240/s. Support for 1600 bpi.(1971)
  • 1970 - Support was added for 1600 bpi tapes.
  • 1971 - The SUS Regional Data Center plan was approved by the Governor and Cabinet on December 27.
  • 1972 - The UFCC became the Northeast Regional Data Center of the State University System of Florida (October 16). Dr. Charles Vernon Shaffer was named Director of the NERDC. Operating hours were expanded to include Sunday access. The Charging Algorithm was redesigned. The /65 was replaced by an IBM 370/165 (1.8900 MIPS). 3330s replaced 2314s (2319s). The 2703 was replaced by the 3705.
  • 1973 - Terminal Data Centers were established to support end-user applications (UNF, ACS, CIRCA, SHANDS). The IBM Model 2401 Tape drives were replaced by IBM 3420s. A Second 1403 high speed printer was added. The Customer Information Control System (CICS) was installed. The NERDC Applications staff was moved to Weil Hall. The Tape Library was built. An additional room was constructed to house the extensive tape library. SMF installed. Panvalet installed.
  • 1974 - A Gould Electrostatic Plotter was installed. IBM 3330 disk drives were replaced by ITEL 7330s. The Applications staff became the Center for Instructional and Research Computing Activities at UF (CIRCA). Jim Conklin left the NERDC to become director of CIRCA. HASP-to-HASP communications were established between the NERDC, NWRDC in Tallahassee, and CFRDC in Tampa. Ron Schoenau was named Director of the NERDC.
  • 1975 - A memory speedup was added to the /165.
  • 1976 - A 4th megabyte of memory was added to the /165. SWAP was installed to provide interactive processing (/EXEC). 1200-baud modems were installed.
  • 1977 - The /165 was replaced by an Amdahl 470/V6 (2.2 MIPS). The 1401 system was removed. Tape drives were upgraded to support 6250 bpi.
  • 1978 - Facilities were added to produce Computer Output Microfiche(COM). The Operating system was converted from MVT to MVS. /*RELAY services were announced to allow jobs to be submitted from one data center and run at another. The Florida Computer Crimes Act was passed.
  • 1979 - The 3330 disks were replaced by 3350s (625 mb/unit).
The 1980's

IBM 3090 installation (1986)
  • 1980 - Front Office, Accounting, and User Services staffs moved temporarily to Peabody Hall so the SSRB could be renovated. The NERDC Policy Board began approving minicomputers for terminal data centers to support distributed data processing.
  • 1981 - A second CPU was installed (an IBM 3033 with 16 megabytes of main memory) (December 19) (4.7 MIPS). A second machine room was added on the second floor of the SSRB. A building was constructed to house an Uninterruptable Power Supply. New Interactive Systems were added (MUSIC, economy TSO, ATMSIII). Class 0 was instituted to run large research jobs. Dr. Conklin left CIRCA.
  • 1982 - A third CPU was installed (an IBM 4341 with 4 and later 8 megabytes of memory and model 3370 disks) (571 megabytes per unit) (January 11) (1.10 MIPS). The 1403 high speed printers were replaced by model 3202s. VM/CMS and VSAPL were installed. Dr. Mark Hale was named Director of CIRCA.
  • 1983 - The conversion began to replace the 3350 disks with 3380s (2521 MB/unit). The Amdahl was replaced by an IBM 3081 with 32 megabytes of main memory (March 27) (10.0 MIPS). The FOCUS system was made available to users. The Florida Information Resource Network (FIRN) was made available to users.
  • 1984 - An IBM Series/1 with the Yale IUP was installed to support protocol conversion. Facilities Management services were announced. A 7350 Image Processor was acquired for a joint study. SSRB East Wing renovations completed.
  • 1985 - 3480 Tape Cartridges were installed. SSRB West Wing renovations began. NERFOCUS region established (LUIS). 3820 Laser Printers installed for letter-quality output. The Versatec replaced the Gould plotter. Kermit communications software for PC's was installed. NERDC connects to Bitnet.
  • 1986 - An IBM 3090 (28 MIPs) replaces the 3033 and the 4341. A CPU upgrade to a 3090-400 (December) replaces the 3081. The Peabody staff moves back to the SSRB. The Vector Facility was installed. 7171 protocol converters replace Series/1s. The Gould dies for good. 4245 band printers replace 3202 chain printers. TCP support was withdrawn in December. Class R was instituted; Class N was removed. Andy Olivenbaum was appointed Technical Coordinator. Phyllis Hildebrand left NERDC. CPU usage was free from March - June.
  • 1987 - The Gould plotter and the card punch were removed. Andy Olivenbaum receive's the SHARE President's Award at SHARE 68. CIRCA discontinues data entry services. Weekend hours were expanded and CICS became available 'til midnight M-F. NERDC-managed offline disk storage was discontinued. A third 7171 protocol converter was installed. VM Batch Facility was installed. VM/CMS and TPX were installed.
  • 1988 - The last card reader was removed from the SSRB lobby. NERDC connects to Internet. TCP/IP-based network services were installed. Class S was instituted (September). GDDM-PCLKF was installed in VM.
  • 1989 - Bulk Data Transfer service was implemented. Class T, a new SYSOUT class, was defined. Work began on the SSRB A/C upgrade. LINDO/mainframe and TeX were installed in CMS. DB2 was installed and tested in MVS. Wordperfect 4.2 was installed for testing. The SUBSCRIBE command was installed in CMS for /Update and the MEMO system. The CHRGLIST utility was installed. NSF was added to TCP/IP services.
The 1990's

Pete Mauro, NERDC network engineer, poses with a rack of v.90 modems that will allow users with compatible modems to connect at a faster speed than had previously been available (1999)
  • 1990 - An IBM 3090/600E was installed (128 MB, 32 MIPS). 9600-Baud service was installed. 24 hour/7 day services were offered. Basic Access accounts replaced Limited Use accounts. RCI became available. Rice Mail became the default mail system. First 3390 DASD unit was purchased.
  • 1991 - The NERDC/UFNET backbone was completed. The New Versatec goes into production. Softswitch was installed. CRWTH (LEARN) replaced Phoenix as our CBT system. AIX, IBM's UNIX became available (NERIX). DOCSYS was installed. MVS/XA was replaced by MVS/ESA.
  • 1992 - DOCBATCH was installed. Graduate students were given Basic Access accounts.
  • 1993 - An IBM ES/9000 Model 740 (pictured) replaces the IBM 3090 600J. PostScript printers are available. The JES2 System no longer supports access/sequence numbers for MVS batch jobs. Signon to CICS with access/sequence numbers is no longer supported. WordPerfect for the mainframe is no longer supported. Dial-up to NERIX is available. TCP/IP was installed in MVS. First DANCE classes were given. NERDC's first Annual Review was published (November issue of /Update). New SIGNON menus were installed to make access easier for novices. A test version of Gopher (UFINFO) was installed.
  • 1994 - The IBM ES/9000 Model 740 was upgraded to an IBM ES/9000 Model 831. IDRC Tape Compaction becomes the MVS System Default. MVS Security was converted to RACF from ACF2. UFINFO becomes a WWW server. NERDC Publications became available on the WWW. Dial-in Access to the whole Internet became available. Telnet directly to MVS became available. Copyright expert (Gary Becker) speaks to Campus Computing Coordinators.
  • 1995 - IBM scalable POWERparallel SP2 UNIX-based NERSP supercomputer installed. ERSP replaced NERIX as the primary UNIX environment. COM system replaced by Datagraphix XL500. Dial VTAM command removed. CGI and Image Maps supported on NERSP. VM/CMS converted from minidisk to Shared File System. UF Dialup Communications Server installed. IDSTATUS command available. Terminal Server 4-hour idle time-out implemented. 92 28.8 modems installed. IBM 9672-R22 computer acquired (air cooled).
  • 1996 - VM moved to an IBM 9672-R22 processor. IBM 3380 disk drives were replaced by 3390s. Charlotte replaced Albert on NERVM. The NERDC modem pool was upgraded to 28.8 K modems. The NERDC modem pool and the UF Individual Dialup modem pool were merged. Pine became the default mail program on NERSP. AIX UNIX on NERSP was upgraded to V 4.1.
  • 1997 - IBM 3493 robotic tape library installed. Water-cooled IBM ES9000-831 replaced by air-cooled, CMOS technology IBM 9672-R45. IBM 3130 laser printer installed (NERAFP). Java and NetRexx installed on NERSP. PGP integrated into NERSP Pine mail. GatorLink is launched! The Network Technical Advisory Committee and the Network Advisory Committee were formed. The UF Internet connection was upgraded to 45Mbps. NERDC celebrates its 25th anniversary. ISIS was launched using NERDC's NERSP and MVS systems.
  • 1998 - Gradual withdrawal of VM announced. Ron Schoenau, Director, and Bob Smith receive 35-year service pins. 56K modems installed. Internet2 gets connected to UF; OC3 physical link to vBNS is turned on for the first time. UF President, John Lombardi, announces computer requirement for all students. First annual Information Technology Security Awareness (ITSA) Day.
  • 1999 - The IBM 9672-R45 processor was upgraded to a model R55 (5 CPUs) and the memory was doubled to 4GB. The NERSP interactive processor was replaced with a newer model and eight new silver nodes were installed on the RS/6000 SP computer. DOCWEB replaced DOCSYS. OS/390 operating system upgraded to V2.6. ISDN service available. NERVM POP3 e-mail server removed. GatorLink accounts get web space and account limits were increased to 15M for e-mail storage. A separate OS/390 system environment was created for Y2K testing. NERSP mail servers reject mail relaying. Modem pool upgraded to 56K modems only. First annual Information Technology Day.
The 2000's

Bruce McIntosh examines the IBM "Shark" Enterprise Storage Server (ESS) 2105 that will act as a storehouse of data for the UF Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project. (2003)
  • 2000 - IBM 3820 laser printer removed from service. NERVM Termination Scheduled for March 1, 2001. Carol Wucker becomes NERDC's new Assistant Director for Finance. NERDC TSO session connect time rate reduced. GatorLink accounts can now be accessed via the WWW at http://webmail.ufl.edu. Virtual Tour of NERDC available online. UF Hosts Internet2 Day. UF First in Florida to connect ot World Wide IPv6 testbed. Upgrade boosts core of UF's Intranet to 1 Gigabit. New service for 800 number. NERDC's 800 number (800-217-4096) is now being provided by a dedicated Primary Rate Interface (PRI) circuit and now supports v.90 standard (56k).
  • 2001 - UF Internet and Internet2 Connections Upgraded (OC-12). SHARK DASD replaces 3380s. New Network Storage and Archive Management Service (NSAM) available. NERDC assumes management of the UFL NDS tree. OS/390 Operating System upgraded to V2R10. GatorLink mail boxes increased to 25M storage space. The Computer Challenge for IT training begins. IBM 9672-R55 processor was upgraded to a model R46 processor and upgraded in central memory
  • 2002 - Virtual Private Network service available. Modems upgraded to V.92 standard. OS/390 upgraded to z/OS V1R2. SMTP authentication available. Virus scanning on GatorLink and NERSP outgoing mail implemented. CICS production regions acheived record number of daily transactions (2.8 million). Ron Schoenau, NERDC director for 28 years, left to become Director of UF IT Services.
  • 2003 - Tim Fitzpatrick joins NERDC as new Director. NERDC becomes UF Computing and Networking Services (CNS). I-Phone IP Telephony Services available. Microfiche replaced by searchable computer CD (Metafile). Halon system replaced by FM-200 system. IBM RS/6000 SP upgraded to AIX 5.2. IBM 9672-R36 upgraded to z/OS V1R4. GatorMail becomes UF's production webmail service
  • 2004 - IBM 9672-R36 upgraded to IBM z800 2066-002 processor. CNS Problem Tracking System launched. Spam-detection filtering system (Spam Assassin) enabled. Network services to the wall-plate available. GatorLink mailbox size increased to 50 Mb. CICS region consolidation implemented to save CPU consumption. GatorMail (webmail) upgraded. IBM 3422 tape drives (9-track) removed.
  • 2007 - 2/28/2007 - Marie Dence retires
  • 2010 - 07/15/2010 - CNS Main offices, OSG, ESI, Mainframe group, & Accounting relocated from Bryant SSRB (bldg. 0038) to East Campus Office Building (bldg. 1628)
  • 2011 - November 2011 - z9BC-Q02 Mainframe replaced by z114-Q02. December 2011 - IBM DS8100 DASD replaced by DS8800.
  • 2012 - 8/23/2012 - CNS 'Operations' reorganized. Brad O'Hara named head of Data Center Services. Lisa Redwine named head of Data Center Operations Center.
    10/30/2012 - Jack Schudel Retires.
    12/31/2012 - Tina Holmes Retires.
  • 2013 - January 2013 - UF Data Center at Eastside Campus becomes operational.
    1/31/2013 - Tarrie Van Horn Retires.
    3/29/2013 - Andy Olivenbaum Retires.
    4/30/2013 - Todd Hester Retires.
    5/8/2013 - Dedication/Grand Opening of UF Data Center at Eastside Campus.
    9/30/2013 - Richard Marquis Retires.
    10/31/2013 - Tina Morris Retires.
    10/31/2013 - Steve Ware Retires.
    12/19/2013 - CNS Split into two units: Enterprise Infrastructure Services (EIS) and Network Services.
    12/19/2013 - Chris Easley named Interim Director of EIS.
    12/19/2013 - Barb Sedesse moved from CNS/EIS to the UFIT Business Center, reporting to Bonnie Cauthon.
  • 2014 - 1/31/2014 - Dave Pokorney Retires from UF Network Services; remains working on UF campus as Chief Technical Officer for Florida LambdaRail.
    2/21/2014 - Tim Fitzpatrick Retires from EIS.
  • 2015 - 2/28/2015 - Jack Bloom retires from EIS
    8/10/2015 - John Toner joins EIS as Data Center Manager
    11/30/2015 - John Bevis retires from EIS
  • 2016 - 1/30/2016 - Jim Arnette retires from EIS
    4/1/2016 - David Burdette retires from EIS

Highlights by Topic

Organization
  • 1952 - UF Statistical Labratory
  • 1962 - UF Computing Center (UFCC)
  • 1972 - Northeast Regional Data Center (NERDC)
  • 2003 - UF Computing and Networking Services (CNS)
Directors
  • 19?? - Mr. Burton Woodward; Manager, UF Computing Center
  • 1965 - Dr. Ralph Selfridge
  • 1972 - Dr. Charles Vernon Shaffer
  • 1974 - Mr. Ron Schoenau
  • 2002 - Dr. Dick Elnicki, Associate Director (Acting Director)
  • 2003 - Mr. Tim Fitzpatrick (March 2003)
CPU's
  • 1956 - IBM 650 (.0010 MIPs)
  • 1962 - IBM 709 replaces 650 (.1780 MIPs)
  • 1967 - IBM 360/50 replaces 709 (.6800 MIPs)
  • 1972 - IBM 370/165 replaces /50 (1.89 MIPs)
  • 1977 - Amdahl 470/V6 replaces /165 (2.2 or 3.95 MIPs)
  • 1981 - IBM 3033 Added (16 MB, 4.7 MIPs)
  • 1982 - IBM 4341 Added (8 MB, 1.10 MIPS)
  • 1983 - IBM 3081 replaces Amdahl (32 MB, 10 MIPS)
  • 1986 - 3090 replaces 3033 and 4341 (64 MB, 28 MIPS). CPU upgraded to 3090-400. 3081 goes away. Vector Facility Installed.
  • 1990 - IBM 3090/600E installed (128 MB, 32 MIPs)
  • 1991 - NERDC/UFNET backbone complete
  • 1993 - IBM ES/9000 Model 740 Replaces IBM 3090 600J
  • 1994 - IBM ES/9000 Model 740 upgraded to IBM ES/9000 Model 831
  • 1995 - IBM scalable POWERparallel SP2 Unix-based supercomputer installed. IBM 9672-R22 computer acquired (air cooled).
  • 1997 - IBM 9672-R45 replaces IBM ES/9000-831
  • 1999 - IBM 9672-R45 upgraded to model R55 (5 CPUs). RS/6000 interactive processor replaced with newer model and 8 silver nodes added.
  • 2001 - The IBM 9672-R55 processor was upgraded to a model R46 processor and upgraded in central memory. The NERSP complex was upgraded to include new processor units.
  • 2003 - Single GatorLink server replaced with two IBM p30 servers
  • 2004 - IBM 9672-R36 upgraded to IBM z800 2066-002 processor.
  • 2006 - NERSP service migrated from RS/6000 SP to an LPAR on an IBM p5-570
    IBM z800 mainframe replaced with IBM z9-BC
  • 2008 - IBM z9-BC upgraded from Q02 to S02
  • 2011 - IBM z9-BC mainframe replaced with IBM z114
DISK Subsystems
  • 1974 - Itel 7330s replace IBM 3330s
  • 1979 - IBM 3350s replace 7330s (625 MB/unit)
  • 1983 - IBM 3380s replace 3350s (2521 MB/unit)
  • 1990 - First 3390 purchased
  • 1996 - IBM 3390s replace 3380s
  • 1997 - Upgraded IBM 7135 RAID disk subsystem on NERSP to storage capacity of 405 GB
  • 2001 - SHARK DASD replaces 3380s
  • 2006 - DS8100 storage system replaces 'Shark'
  • 2011 - DS8800 storage system replaces DS8100
TAPE Subsystem

New cartridge tapes (1985)
  • 1970 - 1600 bpi
  • 1973 - 3420s replace 2401s
  • 1977 - 6250 bpi
  • 1985 - 3480 Tape cartridges
  • 1992 - Last 7-track reel tape drive removed
  • 1994 - IDRC Tape Compaction becomes MVS System Default
  • 1997 - Last 3420 tape device (800 bpi) removed
  • 2004 - IBM 3422 tape drives (9-track) removed
Networking
  • 1974 - First HASP-TO-HASP LINK (CFRDC, NWRDC, NERDC)
  • 1976 - 1200 baud modems
  • 1978 - /*RELAY
  • 1980 - Minis (DDP)
  • 1983 - FOCUS
  • 1984 - FIRN. Yale IUP. Facilities Management.
  • 1985 - Kermit. Bitnet.
  • 1986 - 7171s replace Series/1s
  • 1987 - Installed third 7171
  • 1988 - Internet Connection. TCP/IP-based network services installed.
  • 1989 - NFS added to TCP/IP services
  • 1990 - 9600 Baud service installed
  • 1993 - Dial-up to Nerix available (CISCO terminal server). TCP/IP installed in MVS.
  • 1994 - Dial-In Access to the Whole Internet. Telnet Directly to MVS.
  • 1995 - Dial VTAM command removed. UF Dialup Communications Server installed. Terminal Server 4-hour idle time-out implemented. 92 28.8 modems installed.
  • 1996 - Modem pool upgraded to 188 28.8 modems. 24,400 and 9600 modems removed. NERDC modem pool and the UF Individual Dialup modem pool merged.
  • 1997 - NERDC and UF join Internet2. Internet connection upgraded to 45Mbps.
  • 1998 - Internet2, OC3 physical link to vBNS, is turned on for the first time. 56K modems installed. IP multicast routing service available.
  • 1999 - ISDN available. 56K modems replace all lower speed modems; new connection is a trunk connection directly to Bell South.
  • 2000 - UF first in Florida to connect to World-Wide IPv6 testbed. Upgrade boosts core of UF's Intranet to 1 gigabit. NERDC adds 215 more 56K lines for a total of 1,327 lines. New service for 800 number. The NERDC 800 number (800-217-4096) is now being provided by a dedicated Primary Rate Interface (PRI) circuit and now supports v.90 standard (56k).
  • 2001 - BITNET addresses no longer recognized. UF Internet and Internet2 connections upgraded (OC-12). NERDC assumes management of the UFL NDS tree.
  • 2002 - Virtual Private Network service available. OIT-Network Services established; Dave Pokorney, Director. Campus Network Infrastructure group established. CETs/DDF became part of OIT-Network Services. Modems upgraded to V.92 standard. Staff participated in grid access computing project.
  • 2003 - UF dial-up pool migrates to new CISCO A55400 access servers. First group of VoIP telephones deployed on campus. New UF network wiring standards approved.
  • 2004 - Network services to the wall-plate available. Legacy routers replaced with CISCO 7609 routers. NAT functionality moved to high-performance PIX module. SMTP authorization required to send mail from remote locations.
  • 2005 - Florida LambdaRail goes live with 32 "channels" @ 10GigaBits/Second each
  • 2006 - Net-Services begins upgrading UF Core to 20GigaBits/Second.
Other Peripherals
  • 1966 - Calcomp Plotter
  • 1973 - Second 1403 Printer
  • 1974 - Gould Plotter
  • 1975 - 3202s replace 1403s
  • 1984 - 7350 from IBM
  • 1985 - 3820 Laser Printer. Versatec Color Plotter.
  • 1986 - Gould dies for good. 3820 Installed. 4245 Band Printers.
  • 1987 - Gould and card punch removed
  • 1988 - Last card reader removed from lobby
  • 1991 - New Versatec goes to production
  • 1993 - PostScript Printers Available
  • 1995 - COM system replaced by DATAgraphix XL500
  • 1997 - IBM 3130 laser printer installed (NERAFP)
  • 2000 - IBM 3820 laser printer removed from service. Information Technology Security Awareness Day on September 27, 2000.
  • 2001 - Versatec Plotter replaced by HP 5000 PS Plotter
  • 2003 - Microfiche system replaced by MetaFile system (searchable CD)
Facilities
  • 1968 - UFCC moved from Farm Area to SSRB
  • 1969 - Annex opened
  • 1975 - Tape Library
  • 1980 - Peabody
  • 1981 - 2nd Floor Machine Room. UPS building.
  • 1984 - East Wing Renovations
  • 1985 - West Wing renovations
  • 1986 - Peabody Staff moves to SSRB. CIRCA moves to CSE.
  • 1989 - Work began on the A/C upgrade
  • 2003 - Halon fire suppression system replaced with FM-200 system
  • 2004 - Infrastructure Group moved to Building 508
Operating Systems
  • 1970 - MVT from MFT
  • 1978 - MVS HASP vs JES2
  • 1982 - VM/CMS
  • 1983 - MVS/XA
  • 1991 - MVS/ESA. AIX/370
  • 1995 - AIX/6000
  • 1996 - AIX UNIX upgraded to V4.1
  • 1997 - OS/390 (formerly MVS)
  • 2000 - NERVM Termination Scheduled for March 1, 2001
  • 2001 - Upgraded OS/390 V2R8 to OS/390 V2R10
  • 2002 - AIX upgraded to 4.3.3. z/OS V1R2.
  • 2003 - AIX upgraded to AIX5.2 (IBM RS/6000 SP) (IBM 9672-R35). z/OS V1R2 upgraded to z/OS V1R4.
  • 2004 - CICS region consolidation implemented to save CPU consumption
Services
  • 1966 - Remote Terminals
  • 1968 - Interactive Services (TCP, FORTRAN, /RJE)
  • 1969 - Remote Card Readers
  • 1973 - Terminal Data Centers. SMF. Panvalet. CICS.
  • 1974 - CIRCA. Limited use accounts.
  • 1976 - SWAP
  • 1978 - COM
  • 1981 - MUSIC. Economy TSO. ATMS III. Class 0.
  • 1982 - CMS
  • 1985 - NERFOCUS region established
  • 1986 - Class R. TCP support withdrawn.
  • 1987 - CIRCA discontinues data entry service. Weekend hours expanded. CICS available 'til midnight M-F. NERDC-managed offline disk storage discontinued. VM Batch Facility. CICS/CMS. TPX installed. On-line memo distribution.
  • 1988 - Class S. GDDM-PCLKF. Phoenix.
  • 1989 - Bulk Data Transfer service. Class T, a new SYSOUT class. LINDO/Mainframe. TeX. DB2. Mainframe Wordperfect 4.2. SUBSCRIBE command for /Update and MEMO system. CHRGLIST utility.
  • 1990 - 24 hour/7 day services offered. Basic Access accounts replace Limited Use. RCI available. Rice Mail becomes default.
  • 1991 - Softswitch. CRWTH (LEARN). AIX. DOCSYS.
  • 1992 - DOCBATCH. Graduate students given Basic Access.
  • 1993 - JES2 system no longer supports access/sequence numbers for MVS batch jobs. Signon to CICS with access/sequence numbers no longer supported. WordPerfect no longer supported.
  • 1994 - UFINFO Becomes WWW Server. NERDC Publications Available in WWW. MVS Security converted to RACF.
  • 1995 - NERSP replaced NERIX as the primary UNIX environment. CGI and Image Maps supported on NERSP. VM/CMS converted from minidisk to Shared File System. IDSTATUS command available.
  • 1996 - Charlotte replaced Albert on NERVM. Pine became default mail program on NERSP.
  • 1997 - GatorLink accounts available
  • 1998 - Gartner computer-based training available on the web
  • 1999 - DOCWEB replaces DOCSYS. GatorLink e-mail system upgraded. NETg computer training courses available.
  • 2000 - GatorLink accounts can now be accessed via the WWW at webmail.ufl.edu. Virtual Tour of NERDC available online. UF Hosts I2 Day.
  • 2001 - New Network Storage and Archive Management Service (NSAM). GatorLink mail boxes increased to 25M storage space.
  • 2002 - SMTP authentication available. Virus scanning implemented on SMTP and NERSP mail servers. CICS production regions acheived a record number of daily transactions (2.8 million).
  • 2003 - Searchable CDs available instead of microfiche. Gatormail becomes UF's production webmail service. VoIP phones available. PH directory server removed.
  • 2004 - GatorMail (webmail) upgraded. GatorLink mailbox size increased to 50 Mb. Spam-detection filtering system (Spam Assassin) enabled. CNS Problem Tracking System launched. Network services to the wall-plate available.
Personnel
  • 1987 - Andy Olivenbaum receives SHARE President's Award
  • 1994 - John Bevis elected to be SHARE Treasurer
  • 1996 - John Bevis elected to be SHARE President
    Dave Pokorney invited to Europe to participate in designing, implementing, and operating InteropNet
  • 1997 - Barb Sedesse and colleagues won Davis Productivity Award
    Director, Ron Schoenau, received 35-year service pin
  • 1999 - Steve Ware elected President of Association of Information Professionals (AITP)
    Jim Arnette was awarded a Superior Accomplishment Award for the Academic Affairs Division and an Increase in Productivity Award
    Patricia Durant received the Raymond Parker Aid to FAEDS award
  • 2001 - Jerry Smith receives 35 year pin
    Bob Smith retires after 38 years
    Ryan Vaughn wins Gabor/HRH award
  • 2002 - Ron Schoenau, NERDC director for 28 years, left to become Director of UF IT Services
    John Bevis and Richard Marquis receive 25-year pins
    Dick Elnicki received a 30-year pin
    Ron Schoenau received a lifetime membership and plaque for service to FAEDS
  • 2003 - Tim Fitzpatrick joins NERDC as our new Director
    Marie Dence appointed CNS Information Security Manager
    Ron Schoenau, Director of UF IT Services and former NERDC Director, receives 40-year service pin
    Andy Olivenbaum, Jack Schudel, and Marie Dence receive 30-year service pins
  • 2004 - Marie Dence awarded a Jack Kelley Outstanding Educational Technology Award by FAEDS
    Tarrie Van Horn receives 30 year pin
  • 2007 - Marie Dence Retires 02/28/2007
Other

/Update Publication
  • 1993 - First DANCE Classes. First Annual Review - November /Update. New SIGNON menus installed to make access easier for novices. A test version of gopher (UFINFO) installed.
  • 1994 - Copyright expert (Gary Becker) speaks to Campus Computing Coordinators
  • 1997 - NERDC celebrates 25th anniversary. ISIS implemented. Dr. Betty Taylor, Chair of the I&R Committee, celebrates 50 years of service to the State of Florida.
  • 1999 - A separate 0S/390 system environment was created for Y2K testing
  • 2000 - Information Technology Security Awareness Day on September 27, 2000
  • 2001 - The Computer Challenge begins. NERDC hosts demo of Access Grid technology./
  • 2003 - NERDC becomes UF Computing and Networking Services (CNS)
  • 2004 - National Lambda Rail goes live. /Update became a bimonthly, internet-only, publication after 31 years in print.