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Discovery Building IT Facilities
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The IT infrastructure at the Discovery Building provides state of the art servers, storage, and networking.
The server and storage backbone is composed of over 300 servers, more than 50% of which run in redundant Hyper-V or VMWare virtual environments. 60 TB of Document SAN storage is provided through Dell EqualLogic SANs and Microsoft Windows storage servers. Research Storage is currently larger than 2500 TB and primarily provided through dedicated storage servers and Isilon Storage Systems.
Computational resources available within the Discovery Building include compute clusters, working data storage, and technical support provided by the DiscoverIT team. A shared compute cluster of 11 compute servers, with varying hardware specifications, is available to all building researchers and is part of large compute pool including additional lab-dedicated compute hardware. This compute pool is managed by the HTCondor software, developed at UW-Madison's Center for High Throughput Computing (CHTC), and directly accesses over 500 TB on shared research storage nodes. Additional free, campus-shared, large-scale computing resources are offered by the CHTC including the expansive distributed computing resources of the national Open Science Grid (OSG). Research computing support staff in the CCT theme serve as an extension of the CHTC in training and assisting researchers in their use of available compute resources, including support for using off-campus resources.
A high speed converged network ties together the various elements of technology in the building. Each building network port has a one gigabit connection to a ten gigabit uplink on each floor. Intra-building fiber optics allow highly scalable networks between lab spaces and computational infrastructure while multiple fiber optics trunks among the building and diverse locations on campus provide fault tolerance as well as connect research collaborators. The University of Wisconsin provides rich connectivity to Research and Education networks like Internet2, NLR, and BOREAS-Net.
The Discovery Building meeting and conference rooms provide both secured and guest wireless access. There are 18 conference rooms with phones, projectors, and network ports, 4 video conference rooms with projectors, a forum for large group meetings, and 2 mobile projectors. There are 2 plotter printers and 10 printer copiers with fax capabilities. Video and voice collaboration is provided by VoIP and HD video technologies from Cisco.
For more information on Campus Computing Resources, see: https://chtc.cs.wisc.edu/