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09/30/2005 - Clever Clocks Compliment Kickoff

As 1:00 pm approaches on October 19, the neon-blue glow of 120 brand new digital clocks, each in lockstep to within one thousandth of a second, will count down in synchrony toward the dedication of Eastern Washington University’s (EWU) new Computing and Engineering Building (CEB). “These new clocks,” states Steve Simmons, EWU professor of computer science, “are perfect symbols of our new high tech building and our high tech world. They make the Simplex clocks in the old building look like archaic relics from the spare parts bin in Edison’s attic.” “Each clock,” he continues, “contains a powerful 32 bit embedded computer with solid state flash memory, and is connected to a CEB Ethernet segment and central network timeserver. It can receive and process both Network Time Protocol (NTP), for accurate and universal timing, and User Datagram Protocol (UDP) for command and control of the clocks from a designated computer.”

The blue LED seven segment display on the clocks was chosen as a tribute to Shuji Nakamura, an engineer who labored for over 10 years in obscurity at a small Japanese company to create the first practical blue LED and laser technology. Nakamura’s 1992 invention has made possible thousands of follow-on products --- from huge full color stadium display panels to the 35 gigabyte Blu-Ray DVD’s just entering the market.

The public is invited to the CEB dedication at 1:00 pm, Wednesday, Oct 19. The event will be immediately followed by a CEB open house, including student tours and demonstrations. The CEB is located on the Eastern Washington University Cheney Campus, at the Washington Street entrance. Parking is free at all campus lots for this event.

CEB tour highlights for the 93,242 square-foot, $26.2 million, four-story facility include:

*) 21 state of the art laboratories --- from robotics to computer animation to cyber security.

*) Advanced classrooms with unparalleled support for network connectivity. Each features a raised floor with cable media underneath and a complete network cable tray around the ceiling.

*) Optical fiber backbone connection to VPnet, the Inland Northwest’s 200 mile dark fiber network for gigabit-speed applications in research, collaboration and economic development.

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