Funding for Cyberinfrastructure • What has worked at Minnesota? • What doesn’t work? • What are we doing to move forward?
University of Minnesota • Large Big Ten campus • 50,883 students on Twin Cities campus • $2.8 billion annual operating budget • $534 million sponsored grants and contracts • Aggressive aspirational goal!
MSI (Minnesota Supercomputer Institute) • In 1981, the University of Minnesota was the first U.S. University to acquire a supercomputer (a Cray-1) • The Supercomputing Institute was created in 1984 • $6.5 million dollar budget (merit based queued service) • The Institute carries out long-range planning to ensure, as well as possible, that University spending in the high-performance computing area meets the requirements of faculty carrying out research in this area • MSI is now moving to VP for Research
Central IT (OIT) • Network is a “common good” • Unified gig to the desk meshed 10 gig back bone • BOREAS-Net 2100 mile owned optical network connecting to Chicago and Kansas City • Chicago CIC fiber ring and OMNIPOP • NLR/Internet 2 • Had good luck funding SAN Storage for researchers past 3 years • Start-up funding for server centralization utilizing virtualization • New Data center plan to support traditional central IT plus research computing
University Library • Expanding expertise including data collection and curation, data preservation and stewardship, • Virtual organization tools • The University Digital Conservancy is a venue for faculty to deposit copies of their works for long-term preservation and open access centralized, searchable access to institutional digital resources that would have traditionally gone to the University Archives • Rich Media Services
Problems • Limited collaboration between researchers • Limited collaboration between research service providers (missed opportunities) • Highly decentralized • Security concerns abound • Duplication of services
Our Heavy Reliance on Chargeback is a Detriment • Central IT at one time was primarily a chargeback organization • 80% chargeback 10 years ago • Now only 20% chargeback • Strategic and core services “common good services” should be centrally funded
University of MinnesotaResearch Cyberinfrastructure Alliance • “Partnering to align computing, human, and capital resources to better meet the research computing needs of a top research university”
Alliance • VP for Information Technology - Sponsor • VP for Research – Sponsor • University of Minnesota Library - Sponsor • Minnesota Supercomputer Institute • Academic Health Center Center for Biomedical Research Informatics • Institute of Technology Digital Technology Center • College of Liberal Arts Research Computing Services
Cyberinfrastructure Executive Leadership • We have a great exec partnership • VP for Research + VP for Tech + U Librarian • We try to speak with one voice • We recognize that the faculty and the deans need to support us • Listen, communicate, listen, communicate…
Input from Interviews with Faculty • Need a layered approach to services • Rationalized decentralized model • Very large storage needs • Little thought is being given to long term data preservation • University does not exist in a vacuum • Core technology and interfacing staff • Again: ISO models don't work
Planned Outcomes • Harness what we have, demonstrating that we have our act together, then formulate a unified strategy for new investment in addition cyberinfrastructure services • Funding models (free good vs charge back) • Networks, HPC, data centers, storage, software, library disciplines and service, collaboration tools • Support strategies • Virtual and real organization alignment that overcome structural barriers • Enterprise research strategic investment plan • Economies of scale that demonstrate ROI and value
6 year IT Investment Plan • This is the first year Minnesota has had a 6 year IT plan (in progress) • Research Cyberinfrastructure is now a part of that Plan • Need additional base funding • Need carefully layered “smart” ISO charge back models • Need to focus on Interdisciplinary and interinstitution Collaboration