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40th Anniversary of Information Technology at UH
1990's TIMELINE
 
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1990
February
9600 baud modems installed
Keller Workstation Lab opened with Macintosh, NeXT, and SUN systems. Lab pic
2 SUN SPARCserver 490 systems (uhunix1 and uhunix2) are in installed to replace the Ultrix system (uhccux). sparc pic
June
PACX 1000 replaced with Starmaster -- total ports: 1920, top speed: 19,200 baud, includes Ethernet interface - June 28
HITS broadcasts its first state wide two-way video class.
December
 
The retirement of uhccux is postponed, due to multiple problems with networking and communications on the new uhunix, a Sun 4/490
1991
  May
ftp.hawaii.edu created
June
IBM ES/9000 replaces the 3081 - June 22 ES/9000 installation pics
July
uhccux retired - July 1 8650 pics
December
Internet Link is T1 to NASA Ames Research Center
Alan Whinery hired as the first network engineer for UHCC.
1992
February
uhunix1 upgraded to Sun 4/690 with 4 processors and 256 MB of RAM.
April
New modem pool in place with 64 dial-up lines supporting speeds of 300 to 9600 baud.
First 10BaseT Ethernets: George Hall, HIG, MSO. TCP/IP on microcomputers
Multimedia Resource Room opens in Bilger Annex with information on latest multimedia technologies.
July
Honolulu Community College is the second facility outside Manoa (after UH Hilo) to be connected to the TCP/IP Internet. GTE completes the T1 connection with a temporary microwave link from Alakea St. to HCC.
August
Benefits of the Internet are described to the UH community through UHCC Newsletter article "Information at Your Fingertips".
September
Hurricane Iniki causes massive damage on Kauai and parts of Oahu. - September 11
October
gopher.hawaii.edu created. Access is through the University of Minnesota with plans to create a UH Gopher system.
Wellfleet router crash causes a 9 hour outage on most of UHNet. The cause is a boot disk infected with the Michelangelo Virus.
November
Mauna Kea Observatories link is up-graded from 14.4 kbps to T1.
December
Kapiolani CC, Maui CC, Kauai CC are connected to the Internet
uhunix2 upgraded from SUN 4/490 to 4/690.
1993
January
Campus Wide Information System (CWIS) called UHINFO is available using unix gopher software.
Chad Rowan (Akebono) becomes the first foreign-born sumo wrestler to achieve Yokozuna.
August
The World Wide Web, or the widespread publishing of documents in HTML on the Internet, is declared into existence by Marshall Rose and Carl Malamud at Interop in San Francisco
UH joins the MBONE, a virtual backbone to experiment with IP multicast. ICS grad student Winston Dang writes an RFC and application for multicast IP. (IMM)
One SPARCserver 690 is upgraded to SPARC2000 system to accomodate increasing number of unix users. Second 690 will be upgraded in the future. VAX 8550 (uhccvx) will be downsized to a smaller DEC Alpha model. sparc2000 pic
September
Kenneth Mortimer officially becomes UH President. - September 14th
October
Mosaic is introduced as the first multimedia interface to the Internet.
1994
January
UHCC, Management Systems Office, Office of Information Technology, and UH Telecom are merged together to form Information Technology Services, under Info Tech Director David Lassner.
Paradise Park in Manoa Valley closes.
May
Summer Session office begins class registration by touch tone over the telphone. Project is called "PA`E"
June
ITS begins offering SLIP and PPP dialup. The original setup is performed by grad student employee Robert Brewer, who later is one of the founders of LavaNet
July
ITS implements "Access for All" which allows all faculty, staff and students in the University System to acquire accounts on ITS unix computer systems, primarily to get Internet Access
The B1 funding system, or "funny money" is eliminated as an accounting of individual and departmental computer use.
October
UHINFO is available as a WWW information server.
The UH Multipurpose Arena opened with a Wahine volleyball game against San Jose State. The Wahine won. - October 21st
1995
January
NSF awards grant to UH, State DOE and East-West Center to study the uses of high-speed networks in education. (HERN)
ITS Help Desk opens in lobby of Keller Hall.
June
INET '95, the annual meeting of the Internet Society, is hosted by ITS at the Sheraton Waikiki. - June 27 - 30th
UHPLATO is retired. - June 30th
The T1 link to the Internet is running at 100% capacity. No relief is expected soon.
All UH system campuses, including MCC learning centers on Lanai and Molokai, are on the Internet.
July
All ID UHUNIX account holders' email addresses are shortened to "user@hawaii.edu".
August
Dial-up lines are swamped. Plans are made to add 100 lines to the dial-up modem pool to total over 250 lines. Users are encouraged to seek services of private Internet service providers.
1996
March
The Hawaii Internet Exchange (HIX), a grass-roots consortium of Internet Service Providers, connects ISP's and the University to one another to pass intra-Hawaii traffic locally.
May
A new long-distance telephone contract includes an option for "high speed Internet access". The awardee is Sprint.
June
BITNET link is terminated
Oceanic Cablevision provides "Ethernet over Cable TV" to the homes of HERN-institution staff and students, as a test for their upcoming commercial ISP offering.
July
TWA Flight 800 crash. - July 17th
October
Main Internet link is moved from NASA Science Internet to Sprint, at a rate of 6 Mbps. Physical link is 4 parallel T1's
1997
May
T1 to NASA Ames is retired
August
Princess Diana dies from car crash. - August 31st
December
UH forges a contract with GTE to acquire 45 Mbps (DS3) to the mainland. The contract with Sprint is nullified by nasty performance and continually postponed delivery of more bandwidth.
1998
April
Sprint upgrades UH's Link to 10 Mbps (7 T1s), just in case it will help. It doesn't
July
UH applies to NSF for a grant to participate in the Internet2 Project
September
Mark McGwire hits 70 homeruns. - September 27th
November
Main Internet Link is moved to GTE DS3
1999
January
ITS successfully Web casts its first event, the 1999 Pacific Telecommunications Council Conference.
Michael Jordan announces retirement. - January 13th
March
A secondary link, using ATM over a DS3, is set up to the Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN)
May
Direct peering to Abilene is set up for UH to participate in Internet 2
June
Starmaster, the last Gandalf PACX, is retired. - June 30
July
JFK Jr. dies in plane crash. - July 16th
December
 
 
World braces for Y2K. - December 31st

 

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