LSAIT Monthly Status - September 2012


By David Sweetman
Sep 12, 2012

Below is this month's status report for significant projects which LSAIT is leading or participating in. Feedback is always welcome. Please let me know if you have any general questions or comments, and please feel free to contact the project contacts listed below if you have any questions or comments regarding those specific projects.

New LSAIT managers named – As part of our ongoing efforts to redefine LSAIT to best serve College needs, we are pleased to announce we have filled our two open management positions. Over 74 applications were received and a thorough candidate review process was conducted. Marissa Green has been selected for the role of Manager, IT Infrastructure. Marissa has over 12 years of IT infrastructure administration and management experience and is a familiar face to LSA, having most recently served as tech lead of our Systems, Network, and Applications (SNA) group. Erin Dietrich has been selected for the role of Manager, IT Advocacy & Research Support. Erin has over 15 years of IT management experience leading positive change, including work with Accenture, Compuware, and most recently as the application development manager of student administration within ITS. Please join me in welcoming them both to these new roles. As part of this transition, Chris Brenner, Karen Pachla, and Mark Weishan will move from management roles to individual team contributors. Greg Beyer continues to manage the Computing Services Group (CSG) as well as IT Asset Management (ITAM). (Contact: David Sweetman).

IT Council – We are pleased to announce Key Administrator membership for the 2012-2013 LSA IT Council: Jeff Craft, Chris Gale, Wayne High, Carin Scott, Ann Smith, Diane Wyatt, and Dawn Viau. Thanks to each of you for agreeing to be part of the council during this time of reshaping the IT Council to have a much greater role in influencing IT investment decisions. Look for more information in coming months (Contact: David Sweetman). 

Digital Humanities – LSAIT has begun contacting faculty in the Humanities and Social Sciences who are doing research using advanced computational techniques. If you are aware of any researchers in these areas who would like to be contacted, please forward contact information to lsa-rsg@umich.edu (Contacts: Karen Pachla, Charles Antonelli) 

High Performance Computing (HPC) – Two HPC 101 sessions are being offered: Wed, Sept 19, 1-5 PM and Wed, Sept 26, 1-5 PM. Both sessions will be in Room B745 East Hall. This is an opportunity for Flux cluster users and potential users to learn more about the Flux computing cluster. Full details at http://unix.lsa.umich.edu/HPC101/ Researchers wishing to test their code on Flux prior to purchasing allocations are urged to contact lsa-rsg@umich.edu for information on using the LSA allocation. (Contact: Charles Antonelli) 

Wireless antenna upgrade – Antenna replacements were completed in Kraus and Angell Hall auditoriums before the start of the term. Chemistry, Lorch, Mason, and MLB updates are scheduled for later this month. Additional upgrades in Angell Hall are scheduled for the fall break. This project will substantially increase wireless throughput. (Contact: Mark Weishan) 

Enhanced Windows Security Settings - Since LSA IT Security collaboration with the ITS security group (IIA) began in March of this year, a lot of knowledge has been exchanged between these groups with resulting enhancements to a variety of security configurations. Testing has been going well and we are expanding implementation. (Contacts: Chris Brenner, Daniel Nance). 

IT Security Reporting – The latest end of semester IT security report is complete. A significant highlight is that LSA has not experienced a serious IT security Incident in 11 months (knock on wood). Also, we will soon be asking for annual updates on departmental IT metrics data to assist in ongoing IT planning. (Contacts: Chris Brenner, Robert Pelcher). 

Research Software Update – We are currently building and packaging SAS 9.3 and updating the license files for SAS 9.2 and SAS 9.21. Problems running Q-Chem on the Flux cluster have been resolved. The version of R running on cluster1 has been updated to version 2.15.1 (packages"pomp", "tseries", "zoo"and "Hmisc" are included) (Contact: Charles Antonelli). 

Server Room Consolidation - We continue a project to minimize our local server room/closet footprint by migrating physical hardware to ITS fully-managed data centers. This includes working with LSA Facilities to conduct an analysis of energy cost of existing server rooms/closets. We continue to work with ITS to finalize the details necessary to move equipment from our East Hall and Angell Hall server rooms (Contact: Marissa Green) 

Campus-wide NextGen Projects – LSAIT staff continue to be involved in campus-wide end user computing and security projects. These projects continue to advance through early enhancement phases (Contact: David Sweetman). 

KeyServer Upgrade - An upgrade of the UmichITAM Sassafras KeyServer is planned during the November maintenance weekend. All machines connecting to K2 should have at least version 6.1.2 of the key client installed prior to upgrade. Version 7.x is recommend to leverage new features and can be installed now. Key Shadows will need to be upgraded shortly after KeyServer. (Contact: Crystal Borgman) 

Red Hat Satellite Server – To address continued growth needs of our Linux software repository and management system, we are in the planning stage of migrating the Satellite server from standalone LSA hardware to ITS MiServer cloud service. (Contacts: Mark Montague, Karen Pachla)