The work should be completed by late April 2011, resulting in a fiber optic campus network that is expected to perform 10 times faster than today's network, said S. Deivanayagam, associate dean for graduate studies and research for the College of Engineering and chairperson of the task force assembled to oversee the technology upgrades.
"We are being told by the contractors (Black Box Inc.) that, as far as possible, the cabling work will be done late in the afternoon and at night. There could still be some work during the day that may inconvenience building occupants for short periods of time," he said.
The network upgrade is being made possible with federal funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The largest portion of the $10 million campuswide project – about $6.16 million upgrades and expands the fiber optic backbone, upgrades wiring infrastructure, upgrades and standardizes the backbone switching components, upgrades and expands the wireless infrastructure, and provides for upgrading some critical equipment and associated software in the Clement Hall computer center.
The table below shows the estimated time periods for the cabling work to be done in various buildings.