ITaP Newsroom

Here you can find the latest news about ITaP services and events. For outage information, visit our critical services dashboard.

Latest from the Newsroom

August `21

Microsoft Teams workshops scheduled for August

August 02, 2021

ITaP is partnering with Microsoft to host a series of workshops to help users get the most out of using Microsoft Teams.

July `21

Summer technology upgrades means instructors should visit their classroom before the first day of fall class

July 29, 2021

Classroom upgrades include updated computers, more webcams, new projectors, new audio systems and new touch-screen controls. Instructors are encouraged to visit their classroom before the start of the fall semester to become familiar with the latest technology changes.

Math data centers scheduled maintenance outage this Saturday

July 26, 2021

Power work scheduled to start at 8 a.m. and last throughout the day. Users should prepare by shutting down their systems.

Purdue-led workshop series produces report on best practices for regulated research data

July 15, 2021

Purdue to host visualization conference this fall

July 14, 2021

Skype for Business to be retired July 31

July 02, 2021

The messaging tool Skype for Business is set to be retired at the end of July as Microsoft transitions the service to Teams.

June `21

Password and BoilerKey changes unavailable Saturday morning, July 10

June 30, 2021

Cisco Jabber update coming June 28

June 22, 2021

Envision Center VR app teaches residential construction safety

June 21, 2021

Reminder: Re-boot computer to receive alert notifications

June 08, 2021

An update to the Alertus emergency response notification system took place in late May, and users who have not had their University-supported computers connected to the Purdue network should reboot their machines.

Research Computing expanding GPU capabilities to meet researchers’ AI needs

June 01, 2021

May `21

Purdue research team using community clusters to track COVID-19 variants and malaria

May 21, 2021

University computers to receive update to Alertus notification system

May 12, 2021

An update to the Alertus emergency response notification system is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 22, and users will need to reboot their computers to ensure that they can continue to receive emergency notifications.

April `21

ITaP community cluster used to model enterovirus antibodies

April 21, 2021

Envision Center app helps train future nurses

April 21, 2021

Worried about unwanted Zoom guests? Follow these security best practices

April 15, 2021

Prevention is the best way to weed out unwanted guests in Zoom meetings. Take control of your classes, online events and meetings with these Zoom security best practices.

Machine learning tool for astronomical data deluge developed on Brown community cluster

April 12, 2021

February `21

Database update scheduled for Feb. 27

February 26, 2021

Beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, ITaP will be updating multiple databases which affects access to a number of services.

Early user program to connect researchers, educators with Anvil supercomputer

February 25, 2021

Deadline to apply for early user program for Anvil, Purdue’s new NSF Category I large capacity computational research platform, is April 30. A webinar for those interested in applying will be held March 12.

Users may need to reset wireless devices after March 4 update to network

February 24, 2021

A network update to the PAL 3.0 and Eduroam wireless networks is scheduled to take place at 11 p.m. on March 4, and users may need to reset their wireless devices to access the network.

Purdue selected as one of five Microsoft Azure HPC and AI Collaboration Centers

February 23, 2021

Microsoft announced today that Purdue will be one of five inaugural Microsoft Azure HPC and AI Collaboration Centers. Purdue will demonstrate best practices for using Microsoft’s Azure HPC cloud computing platform to augment on-campus supercomputers, including Purdue’s flagship Anvil system.

Purdue team develops powerful new machine learning technique using Gilbreth community cluster

February 05, 2021

A Purdue team has used the Gilbreth community cluster operated by ITaP Research Computing to develop a new algorithm that uses the power of multiple GPU nodes to accelerate the training time of machine learning models.

Apple wants you to change your Apple ID? The request is legitimate.

February 05, 2021

Apple users have until March 6 to update their Apple ID and recovery email address or risk losing the ability to use their Apple ID. The change is necessary as Purdue and Apple implement a “federated” system that will make it easier to set up and share Apple devices for classroom and other purposes.

January `21

Password and BoilerKey changes unavailable Saturday morning, Jan. 30

January 28, 2021

From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, Jan. 30, the password and BoilerKey services will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance.

COVID-19 scams persist and some students are falling for them: What to look for and how to avoid being phished

January 22, 2021

Working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we communicate with peers and colleagues. Here are the top 5 email scams at Purdue and how to avoid getting duped.

Microsoft Teams to replace Skype for Business on Jan. 30 for Purdue West Lafayette users

January 15, 2021

Microsoft is retiring Skype for Business in favor of Microsoft Teams. ITaP began retiring Skype on Jan. 16 on machines supported by CSDS; devices supported by local IT departments will see Skype uninstalled on Jan. 30.

Zoom – Important Changes for Spring Semester

January 14, 2021

A new agreement between Purdue and the video conferencing service Zoom will allow all faculty, staff and students to access the platform’s education-level account for the spring 2021.

December `20

Tips for recording your lectures with BoilerCast

December 15, 2020

BoilerCast is Purdue’s lecture capture service, capable of livestreaming and recording course content. Instructors using the service this spring can follow the tips and suggestions below to ensure a smooth start of the spring semester.

Planned outage on Dec. 27 to disrupt IT services

December 08, 2020

November `20

Bell, one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, now available for faculty use

November 16, 2020

Purdue’s newest community cluster supercomputer, Bell, is number 431 on the new list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, and is now available for faculty use.

Phishing emails on the rise: What to look for and how to avoid getting duped

November 03, 2020

Scammers posing as colleagues or senior administration are sending emails asking for a “quick response” or to click on a supposed voicemail. Don’t respond to either.

October `20

Professor models novel coronavirus proteins with the help of ITaP supercomputers

October 19, 2020

Zoom time-limit waiver ends with 2020

October 05, 2020

Zoom users with a free, basic account will be limited to 40-minutes starting in 2021; those needing longer time should purchase an “educational” license.

August `20

ITaP outage information

August 31, 2020

Phishing, account compromise could get your semester off to the wrong start

August 27, 2020

Students, faculty and staff should brush up on their cybersecurity chops to avoid being duped by phishing emails and other scams. Giving up information about your Purdue career account not only puts you at risk but it puts everyone with a Purdue email, too.

Kaltura issues persist on BoilerCast appliance recordings; ITaP is investigating the issue

August 24, 2020

BoilerCast appliances in approximately 45 classrooms across campus are experiencing issues with the upload and processing of Kaltura recordings. ITaP is working with the vendor, Kaltura, to resolve the issue.

New locations for walk-in ITaP Tech Support

August 21, 2020

ITaP help desks can provide support for connecting devices, setting passwords and BoilerKey tokens.

Zoom account consolidation to begin Aug. 20

August 14, 2020

Due to the previously announced Zoom agreement with Purdue, existing accounts using an, or email address will be consolidated into one Purdue environment on Aug. 20.

WebEx users should avoid using toll-free, “call me” options

August 12, 2020

WebEx users asked to avoid “call toll-free" option due to significant cost to University.

ITaP to offer workshops about Microsoft Teams

August 12, 2020

Workshops for beginning and advanced users of Microsoft Teams will be held in August

Questions about Brightspace? Start here

August 12, 2020

Access to Blackboard for West Lafayette and Northwest instructors will end on Aug. 24; Purdue Fort Wayne faculty have through the fall semester to request Blackboard content transfers to Brightspace.

New Turnitin tool does more than check for plagiarism

August 11, 2020

Faculty and students across the Purdue system will have access to the Turnitin Originality plagiarism checker tool this fall, which can also help students improve their grammar, style and mechanics.

Deadlines and helpful information as Purdue system moves to Brightspace

August 06, 2020

Access to Blackboard for West Lafayette and Northwest instructors will end on Aug. 24; Purdue Fort Wayne faculty have through the fall semester to request Blackboard content transfers to Brightspace.

ITaP updates and information for on-campus students

August 04, 2020

ITaP updates and information for on-campus students during the 2020 fall semester.

12 classroom technology tips to help instructors speed up time to teaching

August 04, 2020