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    The Information Technology Department strives to provide access to teaching, learning, research, administrative, and communication technologies through a commitment to excellence in infrastructure, customer support, end user professional development opportunities, and technical leadership in fulfillment of the institutional mission and core values. Please refer to our menu on the left for further information.

    Online Support Center

    Students, Faculty and Staff can also get help here: mediatech@rwu.edu

    Help with getting connected to the RWU wireless networks will be available in the Main Library for all students during Library hours.

     

    media•tech Support Center Walk-In Hours of Operation

    Sun. Apr. 19  - 10:00am to 2:00am
    Mon. Apr. 20 -  7:30am to 2:00am
    Tue.  Apr. 21 -  7:30am to 2:00am
    Wed. Apr. 22 -  7:30am to 2:00am
    Thu.  Apr  23 -  7:30am to 2:00am
    Fri.   Apr.  24 -  7:30am to 6:00pm
    Sat.  Apr.  25 -  10:00am to 8:00pm

    We are located on the first floor of the Main Library

    You can contact media•tech by phone at (401) 254-6363

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    InfoTech Happenings This Week:

    April 19, 2015 - April 25, 2015 

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    Technology Definition of the Week:

    Fog Computing

     Known as fogging, is a distributed computing infrastructure in which some application services are handled at the network edge in a smart device and some application services are handled in a remote data center -- in the cloud. The goal of fogging is to improve efficiency and reduce the amount of data that needs to be transported to the cloud for data processing, analysis and storage. This is often done for efficiency reasons, but it may also be carried out for security and compliance reasons.

    In a fog computing environment, much of the processing takes place in a data hub on a smart device or on the edge of the network in a smart router or gateway appliance. This distributed approach is growing in popularity because of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the immense amount of data that sensors generate. It is simply inefficient to transmit all the data a bundle of sensors create to the cloud for processing and analysis; doing so requires a great deal of bandwidth and all the back-and-forth communication between the sensors and the cloud can negatively impact network performance. Although latency may simply be annoying when the sensors are part of a gaming application, delays in data transmission can be life-threatening if, for example, the sensors are part of a vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication system or large-scale distributed control system for rail travel.

    The term fog computing is often associated with Cisco. "Cisco Fog Computing" is a registered name; "fog computing" is open to the community at large. The choice of the word "fog" is meant to convey the idea that the advantages of cloud computing can -- and should -- be brought closer to the data source. (In meteorology, fog is simply a cloud that is close to the ground.)