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From the Director: Annual Laboratory Plan 2010
Windows Web Server Migration
Word of the Week: "Insertion Device"

SLAC Today

Friday - June 2, 2010

From the Director:
Annual Laboratory Plan 2010

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 (Photo by Linda Cicero.)

This is the time of year when SLAC management has the opportunity to present our vision for the laboratory and our plans to achieve it to the leadership in the Department of Energy Office of Science. Sandy Merola, Jo Stohr, David MacFarlane, Keith Hodgson, Bill Madia representing Stanford, Paul Golan representing the Site Office and I all flew east on Memorial Day. Tuesday morning, Sandy and I spoke about our strategy to achieve our vision for the laboratory. We had submitted a written document (SLAC internal). Some of the slides I showed are posted (SLAC internal)

I spoke about our objectives for the future: To be an internationally leading photon science lab, to be the premier electron accelerator lab, and our goal of having targeted programs in particle physics, particle astrophysics and cosmology. I spoke about our core capabilities and how our initiatives, if successful, would define the laboratory of the future. Then Sandy talked about how we were working to ensure mission readiness for all of the operations functions at the lab, and we talked about some of the new buildings we need at the lab.

The briefing went extremely well. All of the senior leadership of the Office of Science was present, and I think they were excited about what they heard. I was able to talk about some of the first science from the Linac Coherent Light Source and that was the centerpiece of the presentation. As I told them, LCLS is opening a new scientific frontier and it continues to outperform expectations. It is a time of extraordinary scientific opportunity.

However, the best part of the trip occurred before the briefing ever started. I arrived in Washington, DC, at 6 p.m. on Memorial Day. After I was settled in my hotel near the Forrestal building, there was still enough daylight for a walk on the National Mall. To visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Veterans National Memorial and the new National World War II Memorial in our nation's capital on Memorial Day is an experience I will not soon forget. It was very moving. The mall was filled with people, flags, remembrances, tears and smiles. It put what we do and why we do it in perspective for me in an important way. Have a wonderful Independence Day weekend!

Windows Web Server Migration

Microsoft will end support of Windows 2000 Server on July 13 2010; this affects seven of SLAC's main public facing Web servers. All of the central Windows 2000 Web Servers will be decommissioned by the July deadline. Finalization of the Web site migration to newer and more powerful hardware as well as upgrading the operating system to Windows Server 2008 R2 64 bit and IIS 7.5 is currently in process. IIS 7.5 adds many new features such as improved application isolation (which means a crashed Web application will only bring down itself, leaving the other Web applications running), improved performance, improved security, improved .Net support, increased IIS stability and added support for hosted Silverlight streaming applications.

FrontPage, FrontPage Extensions and Expression Web

Microsoft has added many new features, but they have also removed a feature. FrontPage Extensions or FPE has always been problematic, both for security and stability. Microsoft has realized this and has dropped support for FPE. This affects those users who have been either authoring their Web sites using Microsoft FrontPage or have been using the FrontPage Extension in third-party authoring tools to edit their pages. We suggest everyone upgrade their Web authoring tool to the new Microsoft Expressions Web, which is far superior to FrontPage in authoring standards-based Web pages as well as dynamic pages using .Net and classic ASP. As a replacement to FPE we have installed WebDAV. WebDAV provides "seamless" functionality very similar to that FPE users are used to when editing their Web sites. To upgrade to Expression Web, please contact your department administrator or download it from the XWeb.


Word of the Week: "Insertion Device"

An insertion device is a magnet or series of magnets "inserted" into the beam path of a synchrotron or other light source to generate synchrotron radiation. At the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, three kinds of IDs are used: bending magnets, wigglers and undulators. These devices force the beam of electrons to bend or oscillate back and forth, which causes them to give off radiation in the form of X-rays.


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