Letter updates campus on effort to add computing facilities

A new letter updates the campus on the continuing project to obtain more computing facilities that can support significant academic, research, and administrative computing.

The two-page, Dec. 12 letter is signed by Pete Siegel, chief information officer and vice provost for Information and Educational Technology, and John Meyer, vice chancellor for Resource Management and Planning. It discusses coordination of requests for server room space, computing facilities liaisons, longer-term planning, and other options the campus is pursuing. It also lists contact information.

The letter is addressed to research faculty, staff and various UC Davis leaders. Siegel and Meyer co-chair the Strategic Approach to Investments in Computing Facilities (SAICF) Committee, which is developing a campuswide (Davis and Sacramento) strategy to guide investments in computing facilities.

Some key points:

  • The campus has a process in place to address researchers' need for server space, now and in the years to come.
  • All requests for server space so far have been accommodated through the Server Room Space Evaluation Committee, a subcommittee of the SAICF. Limited space on campus is still available.
  • The deans have identified liaisons in their academic units, to represent the current and projected needs of those units. Researchers should familiarize themselves with their liaisons and work with them to ensure their needs are known and can be addressed in a timely way.