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Computer Services Completes Core Infrastructure Upgrade
Sponsor a Youth Opportunity Program Student this Summer
INCREASE Fifth Synchrotron Science Workshop at SLAC

SLAC Today

Thursday - May 19, 2011

Computer Services Completes Core Infrastructure Upgrade

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This unassuming yellow box behind Building 50 is actually a new generator that can provide power within 15 seconds of an outage. (Photo by Lori Ann White.)

The recent refurbishing of Substation 8 may have happened with a minimum of impact to computer users around SLAC, but it marks a big milestone for the Computing Division's IT Operations and Infrastructure group, said Norm Ringgold, who leads the team. For the past 18 months, the group has been making big gains in what Ringgold called "core computing infrastructure" at Building 50—data center space to house computers, electricity to power them and the chilled water to keep them cool.

"Our total data center includes around 17,000 square feet of space," Ringgold said. "The recent removal of six old tape silos"—in addition to other, smaller clean-up projects—"gives us easily over 3300 square feet of open expansion space in Building 50 to accommodate several planned scientific computing projects."

Power capacity has been increased to 3.6 megawatts from the 2.0 megawatts available 18 months ago, and cooling capacity has been significantly increased as well, Ringgold said. "I estimate that we have at least 30 percent additional cooling capacity in the building over current demand." But the improvements go far beyond a simple "more is better" mindset.  Read more...

Sponsor a Youth Opportunity Program Student this Summer

The SLAC Youth Opportunity Program, or YOP, is a 10-week program from June 14 to August 20 for students between the ages of 18 and 22. The YOP Program is designed to provide added income to families in need and to give entry-level students an initial exposure to the workplace as well as an opportunity to develop their job skills. SLAC's Youth Opportunity Program can accommodate up to four students, with the SLAC Human Resources Department providing $3 per hour and the department funding the remaining $10.40 of the Stanford minimum hourly wage. We encourage those of you who have a project that can be done within ten weeks to consider hosting one of these students in your area over the summer. The student's family will need to meet the income based criteria.

Christine Green will manage this year's Youth Opportunity Program. Christine can be reached at cgreen@slac.stanford.edu. Please submit Employment Requisitions in Taleo.

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INCREASE Fifth Synchrotron Science Workshop at SLAC

July 11 through 13, 2011, SLAC will host the fifth annual workshop of the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Research and Educational Access in Science and Engineering. This workshop is part of a series of INCREASE workshops designed to introduce INCREASE members and potential members to the different synchrotron sources and other scientific facilities at the Department of Energy national labs. These workshops facilitate collaborations with DOE researchers, provide guidance in accessing beamtime for research purposes, and becoming users of these facilities.

The Interdisciplinary Consortium for Research and Educational Access in Science and Engineering promotes research in historically black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions, involving utilization of national user facilities.

Registration for the workshop is due May 26. See the INCREASE workshop website for details and registration.

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