Progress on the Firefly Boards

Since the end of the Fall ‘16 semester, we’ve begun the final push on Data Central. Production of the Firefly Boards is almost complete, and after that, they must be installed, along with a new run of twisted pair wires to receive data from the computer that controls the lighting strips. Up until this point, the majority of work has gone into testing the limitations and durability of the boards – and the tests seem very promising. All safety and heat checks all show positive results, and the maximum signal distance of the boards seems to be longer than any spool of wire that we have accessible for testing. Once these boards are complete and quality-checked, installation will begin! Look out for the Data Central lights on the corner Central and University, at the Center for Advanced Research Computing!