Louisiana State University
Board of Supervisors
Systems Office| June 7, 2013
Transition
Advisory
Team
Update
THE DIGITAL AGE CHALLENGE
Providing the cyber-infrastructure that is needed to properly support the
research and creative ...
3 PART CHALLENGE
HIGH-CAPACITY &
LONG-TERM
DIGITAL
STORAGE
HIGH-BANDWIDTH
NETWORK
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
COMPUTERS
3 PART CHALLENGE
HIGH-CAPACITY &
LONG-TERM
DIGITAL
STORAGE
HIGH-BANDWIDTH
NETWORK
HIGH-PERFORMANCE
COMPUTERS
WHERE WE STAND RIGHT NOW
LON
ILouisiana Optical Network Initiative
Support to Higher Education Research
Provided by Various Regional Optical Networks
Regional Network Networking Computing B...
HOW BIG IS THE
CHALLENGE?
• Astronomy
• Meteorology
• Experimental high-energy physics
HOW BIG IS THE
CHALLENGE?
• Astronomy
• Meteorology
• Experimental high-energy physics
• Medical imaging
• Genomics
• Coas...
BIG DATA
IS A BIG TOPIC
STRATEGIC PRIORITY
TRANSFORMATION… Build and maintain a Big Data strategic advantage that
attracts top researchers, facult...
BIG DATA STRATEGIC PRIORITY
INVESTMENT ESTIMATE
$5 million capital
$1 million annual for storage + qualified IT and librar...
FACULTY
RECRUITMENT
& RETENTION
CREATION OF
NEW
KNOWLEDGE
TECHNOLOGY
TRANSFER
COLLABORATIVE
RESEARCH &
LARGER GRANTS
ROI F...
PREVIEW OF RECOMMENDATIONS
• Monetizing Assets
– Revenue Generation
• Nimble, High Performance/High Accountability
Organiz...
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  • WELCOME
  • The Digital Age Challenge Confronting LSUProviding the cyber-infrastructure that is needed to properly support the research and creative activities of students and faculty in a modern research university.
  • It is a three-part challenge: High-performance computers – to deliver computing cycles that can support the numerical modeling of complex systems and the numerical analysis – often involving high-fidelity visualization – of large and complex data sets. high-bandwidth networks - facilitates access to data and the transport of digital data among individuals, facilities, or storage sites even at widely dispersed geographic locations.High-capacity and long-term digital storage - supports experimental or clinical investigations that, over time, acquire larger and larger quantities of data; it supports complex numerical modeling activities, which steadily generate larger and larger quantities of data; and it provides an infrastructure that is essential for preserving (archiving and curating) a wide variety of digital data, whether acquired or generated.
  • Where Does LSU Stand Right Now? Over the past decade, as a partner in the Board of Regents-sponsored Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI), LSU has benefitted significantly from the establishment and maintenance of a robust, research-caliber high-performance computing (HPC) environment and a robust, statewide, high-bandwidth optical network.However, the second identified component of a modern university’s required cyber-infrastructure – high-capacity and long-term storage – is missing, and LSU suffers as a result.
  • Where Does LSU Stand Right Now? LONI is unique in that it provides statewide higher education with high-bandwidth communications and high-performance computing resources in a truly integrated and sophisticated research network. Adding the infrastructure to support “big data” as well, would clearly set LSU and Louisiana apart from the rest!
  • Here is the support to higher education research provided by various regional optical networks
  • How Big is the “Big Data” Challenge?For decades, only a few areas of scientific research – notably, astronomy, meteorology, and experimental high-energy physics – have been faced with the problem of effectively managing large sets of digital data. In recent years this problem has become pervasive.
  • Big data sets are acquired or are generated in the context of fields as wide-ranging as medical imaging, genomics, coastal hazards modeling, three-dimensional (especially, time-dependent) visualization, medical records, e-commerce, digital games, virtual architecture, and social media. Indeed, it is now difficult to identify a field of research that does not involve “big data.”
  • Big Data is a Big Topic -Look for Big Data Headlines from The Chronicle of Higher EducationMcKinsey & Company
  • Strategic Priority for LSU TransformationBuild and Maintain a Big Data Strategic Advantage that Attracts Top Students, Faculty, Researchers, and Entrepreneurs
  • Investment Estimate$5 million capital $1 million annual for storage and qualified IT and library staff
  • THANK YOU
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    1. 1. Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors Systems Office| June 7, 2013
    2. 2. Transition Advisory Team Update
    3. 3. THE DIGITAL AGE CHALLENGE Providing the cyber-infrastructure that is needed to properly support the research and creative activities of students and faculty in a modern research university.
    4. 4. 3 PART CHALLENGE HIGH-CAPACITY & LONG-TERM DIGITAL STORAGE HIGH-BANDWIDTH NETWORK HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTERS
    5. 5. 3 PART CHALLENGE HIGH-CAPACITY & LONG-TERM DIGITAL STORAGE HIGH-BANDWIDTH NETWORK HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTERS
    6. 6. WHERE WE STAND RIGHT NOW LON ILouisiana Optical Network Initiative
    7. 7. Support to Higher Education Research Provided by Various Regional Optical Networks Regional Network Networking Computing Big Data North Carolina MCNC ’85 @ RENCI -- Oklahoma OneNet ‘95 @ OU -- Georgia PeachNet prior to ‘04 Modest Modest Louisiana LONI ‘04 Yes This recommendation Texas LEARN ‘05 @ Rice & UT-Austin -- Florida LambdaRail ‘05 -- -- Arkansas ARE*ON ‘06 -- -- Mississippi MissiON ’11 -- -- Tennessee -- -- -- Alabama -- -- -- South Carolina -- -- --
    8. 8. HOW BIG IS THE CHALLENGE? • Astronomy • Meteorology • Experimental high-energy physics
    9. 9. HOW BIG IS THE CHALLENGE? • Astronomy • Meteorology • Experimental high-energy physics • Medical imaging • Genomics • Coastal hazards modeling • Three-dimensional visualization • Medical records • e-Commerce • Digital games • Virtual architecture • Social media
    10. 10. BIG DATA IS A BIG TOPIC
    11. 11. STRATEGIC PRIORITY TRANSFORMATION… Build and maintain a Big Data strategic advantage that attracts top researchers, faculty, students, industry and entrepreneurs
    12. 12. BIG DATA STRATEGIC PRIORITY INVESTMENT ESTIMATE $5 million capital $1 million annual for storage + qualified IT and library staff
    13. 13. FACULTY RECRUITMENT & RETENTION CREATION OF NEW KNOWLEDGE TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH & LARGER GRANTS ROI FOR LSU
    14. 14. PREVIEW OF RECOMMENDATIONS • Monetizing Assets – Revenue Generation • Nimble, High Performance/High Accountability Organization - Human Resources – Streamlining • Procurement – Administrative Services, Streamlining • Online courses/flipped classroom – Student Experience, Revenue Generation

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