Internal News

Services outage due to power failure in Server room

Due to a power failure in the Dartington House server room we have experienced an outage of half of our services from ~2:45-3:15pm . Power has been restored fairly quickly and all services are back up. A full investigation into the causes will take place in the next few days.

Departmental Photoboards

We have been asked by several departmental members to provide web photoboards of our members. We have finally been able to make the first version live. The photo page offers the possibility to view photos of the different staff groups, whereever people have provided photos in their profiles.

We are very much looking forward to feedback, which should ideally be sent to help [-at-] maths [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

Live feeds of the New Building Site

Now that the new Mathematics building is about to start getting built, we have put up some live feeds to the building site showing the progress. The Maths website front page will include an up-to-date image and the electronic noticeboards around the department will show a live motion feed of the site.





University Internet link failure

The University's link to JANET, that links us on to the internet is currently down. OUCS had already scheduled work for Tuesday morning, 28th June, at 7am to fix this so it is possible there will be no internet connection until then. We are sorry for the obvious inconvenience this will cause.

Update: It looks like the internet is back, at least partially. Further failures may follow until tomorrow.

Emergency work to repair mail server

It appears the departmental mail server developed a problem around 11pm last night. The problem is being investigated and we hope to restore service soon.

Service restored at 11:15am.

2011 Nomura Lecture details announced!

"Risk, Model Risk and Knightian Uncertainty: on the role of probability in finance"

The 2011 Nomura Lecture will be given by Professor Hans Follmer on
Thursday 12 May 2011 at 17:15 hours in the Examinations Schools.

Hualei Chang and Lei Jin join Goldman Sachs

Two former DPhil students from the Oxford Mathematical Finance Group, Hualei Chang and Lei Jin, have joined Goldman Sachs.

Xunyu Zhou gives a speech at the Inaugural Oxford China Business Forum

Xunyu Zhou will give a speech at the inaugural Oxford China Business Forum on 9th September 2010 at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, Beijing. The
forum will be chaired by the Chancellor of Oxford, The Rt Hon the Lord Patten of Barnes.

See for details.

Changes on the unmanaged/laptop network

Currently people need to register their machines before these can access the network. In order to enhance security as well as accessibility we will be changing this to a 'Captive Portal' solution, which is a similar solution to the one used on the OUCS visitor network or other public hotspots in airports, buses etc.

When connecting to the network and starting a browser, you will be automatically redirected to an authentication page on which you have to enter your username and password. Once this happens you will have instant access to the network. The switchover will also have the nice side effect that we have been assigned proper IP addresses for this network, which means that there should be less problems with special outgoing connections (in particular VPN connections).

The new system will be launched in several stages. The first stage, which will happen on Thursday (15/07) morning, will not affect any existing machines/laptops. Only new laptops which haven't been registered yet, will need to authenticate. In particular this should be easier for new visitors who will get instant access to the network if they have a Maths account. If this goes well, then we will move other user groups onto the new system in stages.

If you have any questions/comments concerning this, please do let us know by emailing help [-at-] maths [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk .

Departmental Internet access - Thu 17 Jun, 16:30-17:30

On Thursday 17 June, between 16:30 and 17:30, OUCS will be making some changes to our Internet gateway.

During this time, there will be no Internet access to or from the Mathematical Institute network.However, all internal network access to file shares, the maths website, etc. will work continue to work as normal.

We expect that the disruption will last for no longer than 10 minutes, but we can't promise that the work will be completed before 17:30.

If this time slot is unsuitable for you, or if you have any queries regarding this notice, please let us know by contacting us at:

  help [-at-] maths [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk

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