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Resnet to Employ Consultants

By Eric Richard
Associate News Editor

The Distributed Computing and Network Services division of Information Systems is looking for more than 20 students to work as liaisons between living groups and DCNS, as the campus-wide network is extended to include all undergraduate living groups.

"Basically we need people to work in the dorms to provide front-line support to to students connecting to the network," said Michael L. Barrow, Resnet support coordinator.

The primary duties of the student network consultants will be providing cables, network addresses, and basic trouble-shooting within their living group, Barrow said. In addition, network consultants will assist individual students connect to MITnet.

During the fall semester, students hired by DCNS will be required to attend training sessions to teach them about computer networking, the Internet, and MIT's network. Beginning in the spring semester, students will be asked to work seven to 10 hours per week, including an hour of training.

DCNS is looking to hire at least two consultants for each dormitory, and three for larger dormitories. In addition, Huntington Hall will have one or two students working as a network consultant and cluster manager for the Athena cluster being installed there.

Independent living groups may also appoint someone to act as the network manager for their house, Barrow said. Although these students would not be paid by IS, they would be eligible to attend the same training sessions as the dormitory consultants.

"I am looking for people that had previous computer experience -- i.e., a strong working knowledge of computers," Barrow said. "It is also beneficial if the applicant has had troubleshooting experience. Most importantly, applicants should be eager to help their colleagues."

All residents of undergraduate dormitories are eligible to apply for positions, and Barrow encouraged freshmen to participate. "This job is a great way for them to be able to both learn a lot about the Institute and play a big part in something new and exciting."

Barrow also encouraged those who are hired to continue working on the project for as long as they liked. "The longer they stay, the more they'll learn about networking. In addition, they'll be able to make a greater impact on the development of the campus network."

Network connections have been established to ILGs, and IS hopes to have extensions to each undergraduate dormitory by Spring 1994. With the new network connections, students with appropriate hardware and software will be have access to many Internet services already available on Athena, like electronic mail, Usenet newsgroups, zephyr, telnet, and FTP. In addition, Macintosh users will be able to share files via AppleTalk, the Macintosh network system.

Response to the openings has been good so far, Barrow said. Resumes will continue to be accepted by Barrow until Sept. 24.