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TAcTIC Server Wins First Prize

Peter Northrop, of Trent’s Interactive Learning Centre, has been working with two teams of students from the Applied Projects course at Fleming College in Peterborough since last September to upgrade the TAcTIC workgroup’s Web server and Web site.

Initially, the group had planned to purchase a server "off the shelf" from a major manufacturer. However, about a month into the project, the students brought forward a well-researched proposal to buy individual components and build the server themselves.

"The risks in this approach were considerably greater," Mr. Northrop comments, "but it enabled us to acquire more features and computing power than would otherwise have been the case."

The server, which employs an AMD Athlon processor, high-speed memory, RAID storage technology and the Debian Linux operating system, was one of 33 entries in Fleming College’s annual Technology Showcase on April 15, sponsored by Bell Canada. It was awarded first prize in the academic class, recognizing the students’ creative abilities, thoroughness of thought and application, technical skills and teamwork.

"This is another example of the benefits of collaboration and our excellent relationship with Fleming College," says Mr. Northrop. "I’m particularly pleased for the students. It’s a super conclusion for both the project and their final semester. As well, at least two of the students have applied to continue their studies at Trent in the Computer Science/Studies Program, through the recently negotiated articulation agreement."

Soon, the new server and Web site will be active at

Peter Northrop is the University’s Educational Computing Advisor and an adjunct faculty member of the Computer Science/Studies Program.

Posted April 22, 2003

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