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Technical Architecture Working Group

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Name Institution Title
Marc Milstein (Chair) UT System Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer
Dan Stanzione UT Austin Interim Director, Texas Advanced Computing Center
Broom, Bradley UT MD Anderson Cancer Center Associate Professor, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Jordan, Chris Texas Advanced Computing Center Research Engineer/Scientist IV
Kantarcioglu, Murat UT Dallas Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Wedemeyer, Wayne UT Austin Director, Office of Telecommunication Services
Broadfoot, Preston UT System Director, UTRC Communications

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The technical objectives for enabling rapid science impact and preparing for future scientific success are:

10 Gbps connectivity between all institutions, with end-to-end performance to at least two research labs on each campus. Upgrade network connectivity: ensure 10Gbps to every campus and into the key research buildings with labs generating and hosting terabytes of digital data. Make investments and conduct the network performance engineering to address the prevalent 'last-mile' issues, and assist with planning for future connectivity upgrades. Approximately $15M for the UTRC Network upgrades. A detailed plan for this in progress.

Establish UTDR prototype with support for open science and secure access data, with replication and at least five petabytes capacity. Upgrade central and distributed storage capabilities, building out the UTDR. This includes massive disk storage with high IO rates and with automated backups, geoplexed for data security. Will leverage TACC for open science data and potentially a partnership with a commercial partner with expertise in data storage with HIPAA and other policy/legal requirements. Approximately $4M from UT System for the UTDR prototype. A detailed plan for this is in progress.

Provide 40M dedicated CPU cycles to UT System institution researchers on world-class HPC systems, shared memory systems, and visualization systems. Expand access to high-end computing and high throughput computing for researchers across all institutions, with corresponding access to visualization/analysis systems. Approximately $3M from UT System. TACC deployed Lonestar, a new, scalable HPC resource in February 2011.


Connectivity Sub-committee

Name Institution Title
Wedemeyer, Wayne(Chair) UT Austin Director, Office of Telecommunication Services
Caldwell, David UT Arlington Director, Network Services
Linda Buckley UT Austin IT Project Manager
Dziuk, Fred UT Health Science Center - San Antonio Director, Network Planning and Engineering
Hodo, Steve UT Dallas Manager, Information Technology
Horridge, Nelson UT Health Science Center - Houston Director, Communications Technology
Jones, Bill UT Austin Senior Network Engineer, Texas Advanced Computing Center
Kilgore, John UT Austin Senior Network Engineer, Office of Telecommunication Services
Leach, Todd A. UT Medical Branch - Galveston Associate Vice President, Information Services
Rios, Jesus UT Permian Basin Network Services Department
William Green Director, Telecommunications UT Austin

Storage Sub-committee

Name Institution Title
Jordan, Chris (Chair) UT Austin Research Engineering/Scientist Associate IV, Texas Advanced Computing Center
Granhold, Kevin UT Health Science Center - Houston Director of Data Center Operations and Support Services
Grimm, Brian UT Medical Branch - Galveston Associate Director, Information Services
Mueller, Wayne UT Health Science Center - San Antonio Director, Systems Planning and Engineering
Shortle, Bob (Project Manager) UT MD Anderson Cancer Center IT Portfolio Manager

User Access Sub-committee

Name Institution Title
Jordan, Chris (Co-Chair) UT Austin Research Engineering/Scientist Associate IV, Texas Advanced Computing Center
Broadfoot, Preston (Co-Chair) UT System Director, UTRC Communications
Caskey, Paul UT System Technology Architect
Mendoza, Nathaniel UT Austin Senior Network Engineer, Texas Advanced Computing Center
Soldi, Miguel UT System Information Security Policy and Resourcing Analyst