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Computing Liaisons Orientation January 23, 2009 8-9:30am 2203 Social Sciences and Humanities. Overview of campus process for addressing needs Pete Siegel Vice Provost and CIO Information and Educational Technology. Overview of campus process for addressing needs.

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Computing Liaisons OrientationJanuary 23, 20098-9:30am2203 Social Sciences and Humanities

Overview of campus process for addressing needsPete SiegelVice Provost and CIOInformation and Educational Technology

Overview of campus process for addressing needs

  • Message from Interim Provost Horwitz:

    “As a campus, we face dramatic increases in the costs for facilities and supporting utilities; at the same time, we face serious resource constraints and expectations that we will increase our efforts to reduce energy consumption and promote conservation. …

    In addition, there is a growing need to ensure that our data and data services are maintained in secure, reliable, and safe facilities.”

Strategic Approach to Investments in Computing Facilities (SAICF) Committee

  • John Meyer, Co-Chair, Office of Resource Management and Planning

  • Pete Siegel, Co-Chair, Information and Educational Technology

  • Zhi Ding, Professor, Electrical and Computing Engineering

  • Maurice Hollman, Office of Resource Management and Planning

  • Barry Klein, Office of Research

  • Enrique Lavernia, College of Engineering (thru September 2008)

  • Morna Mellor, Information and Educational Technology

  • Michael Minear, University of California Health System

  • Karl Mohr, Office of Resource Management and Planning

  • Stan Nosek, Office of Administration

  • Dave Shelby, Information and Educational Technology

  • Bruce White, College of Engineering (beginning January 2009)

Committee’s charge

  • Develop a sound campus-wide (Davis and Sacramento) strategy that will guide and inform investments in computing facilities.

  • Establish a common, central process to review and coordinate new construction, renovations, and “ad-hoc” requests for increased utility services for space used as computer (server) rooms.

Accomplishments to date

  • Server Room Space Evaluation Committee (SRSEC)

  • Collocation space for computing equipment and facilities

  • Computing facilities liaisons

  • Technical options:

    • Virtualization

    • Grid and cluster computing

  • Longer-term planning

  • Server Room Space Evaluation CommitteeDave Zavatson, SRSEC ChairInformation and Educational Technology

    SRSEC charge

    • Propose, review, and evaluate requests for space or space renovations, and make recommendations

    • Advise the SAICF on opportunities to leverage projects and capacity planning

    Space evaluation process

    • Submit request for facilities to SRSEC through Computing Liaisons via Dean/Vice Chancellor

    • SRSEC consults with Computing Liaison and Dean to determine the collocation facility that would meet the needs of each request.

    • SRSEC makes recommendation to SAICF; fast track process available

    VirtualizationDave Zavatson, DCCSInformation and Educational Technology


    • Space savings

    • Lifecycle management

    • Disaster recovery partnering

    • Critical departmental services are more available

    • Reduce campus power utilization, need to build out server rooms, electronics waste

    • Overall cost savings due to economies of scale not available to individual departments

    Grid and cluster computing Russ Hobby, DCCSInformation and Educational Technology

    Cluster Computing

    • Multiple computers (units) tied together by fast network connections.

    • Compute power is determined by the number of units, number of processors per unit and speed of the processors

    Grid Computing

    • Similar in concept to cluster except the units are spread over a larger geographic area

    • Grids can include specialized resources (instruments, visualization tools, storage repositories)

    Campus progressMorna Mellor, Director, DCCSInformation and Educational Technology

    Campus progress to date

    • Establishment of the SAICF Committee

    • Research computing (HPC) accommodations and initiatives

    • Campus Data Center improvements (power, cooling) to support HPC (Phase I)

    • Establishment of Server Room Space Evaluation subcommittee to the SAICF:

      • oversee collocation facilities i.e. Watershed, Academic Surge, Hoagland (Phase II)

      • establish a website for information and process for submitting requests.

    Long-term strategyDave Shelby, Assist. Vice ProvostInformation and Educational Technology

    Long-term strategy

    • IET and UCDHS IT groups initiate a capital project to accommodate both campuses

    • Systemwide planning – centers at San Diego and Oakland

    • Joint project with campus/health system

    • Cost of alternatives – loss of research programs, recognition of hidden expenses such as power

    • Importance of liaisons

    • Vulnerabilities for important systems that aren’t adequately provided for now

    Campus resources

    • Computing liaisons listserv:

    • Web pages:

    • Contact information:

      • Morna Mellor ( )

      • Dave Zavatson ( )

      • Russ Hobby ( )

    Questions and Answers

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