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Anne Watzman

For immediate release:
February 12, 2003

Carnegie Mellon Tears Down "Wall of Computing" by Installing State-of-the-Art Apple iMacs in University's Busiest Computer Cluster

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science (SCS) has installed more than 100 powerful new Apple iMac computers in its A. Nico Habermann Computing Classroom, a facility that serves between 1,100 and 1,200 students taking a variety of programming courses each academic year.

With almost 75 percent of all students attending the university enrolled in at least one class in the Habermann facility, the impact of the new machines will reach far beyond the doors of SCS.

"The new iMac flat panel monitors can be turned aside at the request of the teacher," said Mark Stehlik, assistant dean for undergraduate education in the School of Computer Science. "The wall of computing that separated teachers from their students is gone now and this will change the nature of interaction in this lab space."

Stehlik also praised the "minimal ambient noise" of the new computers. "Previously," he said, "you could hear the room six feet away from the door. For a compact lab space these machines are absolutely wonderful. You can't help but be impressed."

"With a PowerPC G4 processor and a flat panel display that appears to float in mid-air, allowing users to effortlessly adjust its height or angle with just a touch, the iMac is a great example of Apple's continued commitment to innovation," said John Couch, Apple's vice president of education. "Add in the power and stability of Unix and the legendary ease of use of the Mac combined in Mac OS X, and nothing beats the flexibility and cost efficiency of the iMac."

According to Peter Lee, professor and associate dean for undergraduate education in the School of Computer Science, the new iMacs are as exciting for researchers as they are for the teaching faculty.

"For faculty, we have FreeBSD-based Unix machines that run Microsoft Office," Lee said. "Faculty doing research in the areas of high-speed networking, music and theoretical computer science are excited about the potential of Mac OS X version 10.2, Apple's powerful Unix-based operating system."

The Habermann facility is named for the late Nico Habermann, who established the School of Computer Science as a college at Carnegie Mellon in 1989 and influenced the careers of many of the students who passed through its doors.

"As Nico started the tradition of putting computers in front of every student in the classroom, it's fitting that these machines are in the Habermann Classroom," Lee said. "We want to retain the tradition of cutting-edge software and hardware technology in our learning and research environments."


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