Council on Academic Computing

March 22, 2004

Meeting Summary


Approximately 30 members of the University’s faculty attended the annual federal agencies’ briefing.  Representatives from NSF, NASA, DOD, and the Department of Energy, among others, spoke.  The speakers universally recommended that faculty members contact program officers prior to applying for grants.  They also recommended that faculty members maintain regular contact with program officers.  Projects in computer-related areas and at the nexus of information technology, biology, and nanotechnology are heavily funded.

Several other issues were discussed:

  • The Department of Energy wants to create approximately 10 sites that operate at speeds approaching 100 teraflops.
  • The National LambdaRail, an initiative of U.S. research universities and private sector technology companies, is a good resource for those who require high-performance computing.


The CAC Security Subcommittee and other members of the CAC met with Jinx Walton, Director of Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD), and members of her staff.  They discussed issues related to a planned Network Operations Center.  CSSD will create a full-blown Center that will anticipate problems and correct them proactively. 

Other issues were also discussed:

  • Secure VPN is in its final testing stages and soon will replace Stargate.
  • Spam and virus protection may be outsourced to a private company.
  • CSSD may integrate the Audix and e-mail systems.
  • CSSD is creating a three-year, comprehensive security plan for the University.


Several other issues were mentioned:

  • A retreat at which CAC members would discuss future projects
  • Using supercomputers to facilitate economic development
  • Access to the Web for disabled individuals