PennNet Changes--Phasing Out PennInfo, Expanding the Web and ResNet

PennNet, the University's data communications network, continues to be upgraded to provide better support for academic and administrative programs. Among key enhancements for 1995-96 are:

* Redesign and expansion of the Penn Web, an on-line repository of University information and services. From the "Home Page," (http://www., members of the Penn community and others on the Internet can access University policies, directories, library resources, course materials, a new integrated calendar, departmental and personal home pages, and more. The recommended graphical "browser" software for Macintoshes, Windows PCs, and X-Windows is Netscape, available free for educational use. The Penn Web is also accessible via telnet, albeit in text-only format.

* Phase out of PennInfo and Gopher as supported information access tools. Residual information in PennInfo or Gopher databases is available via the Penn Web. Public kiosks* formerly providing access to PennInfo will be converted to Web access.

* Expansion of the remote access modem pool to 420 lines, reconfigured into three separate pools: (1) the familiar 14.4 Kbps modem pool (215 898-0834) still supports both command line and SLIP/PPP access; (2) the new 28.8 Kbps pool (215 573-4PPP) supports only PPP; (3) and New Bolton Center's new 14.4 Kbps service supports command line and SLIP/PPP access. All three modem pools require a PennNet ID and password.

* Integration of PennNet ID name assignment with the major e-mail systems on campus (MAIL.SAS, ENIAC.SEAS, MAIL.MED, WHARTON, DOLPHIN, POBOX, and others) to ensure that all new IDS will be unique across campus. A process will be announced later to resolve existing userID conflicts.

* Addition of 1,300 new ResNet (PennNet Ethernet, voice, and video) connections in Dubois, Hill, Mayer, Stouffer, and Van Pelt Houses.

* Support for IPX protocol routing to most buildings (subnets) on campus, to facilitate access to remote Novell Netware servers.

* Support for PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) for Macintoshes.

* Upgrading Penn's Internet gateway bandwidth from 4 megabits per second to 10 Mbps.

* Consolidation of the former PennNet and Computing Resource Center help lines into ISC First Call, (215 573-4778 or F-IRST; help@isc).

More information is available in the third edition of PennNet Passport, for sale in the Bookstore, as well as on the Penn Web (

-- Daniel A. Updegrove
Associate Vice Provost
Information Systems and Computing

* See list, page 24.--Ed.