Monday, December 05, 2005

Investment issues...

A couple of comments from the president's blog over the weekend illustrate the potential for interplay between wide and deep.

One from Gerald Thurman, asked how we might attract more high performance computing expertise to campus. As you might imagine, I am a big fan of HPC and think it will continue to grow in importance to a whole host of areas of research, inside and outside of Computing. Gerald is right that it is a challenge to attract HPC resources and talent in a highly competitive landscape. An ASU bright spot in this area is the work of Dan Stanzione and company. Funded by Mr. Ira Fulton, the Fulton High Performance Computing Intiative not only established a new high performance research cluster here, but has provided a focal point for cluster operations and program development support here at ASU.

Another comment on the prexy's blog near and dear to my heart was a question from Erik Gibb asking about the state of the computers in the engineering computer lab. Erik wants them upgraded and who can blame him? This is one of the principal challenges in maintaining centralized computing. My antidote, Erik, is to change the campus' focus from centralized computing to 1:1 computing. It would allow us to support your personal machine, including providing mechanisms to give you access to software tools that have previously been exclusively provided from the lab. Wondering how you feel about that idea Erik?


quagmire,  December 7, 2005 at 2:02 AM  

Gibb's response located on Crow's blog.

gthurman December 7, 2005 at 10:43 PM  

Thank You for the response. I, too, am currently reading
"The Singularity is Near." Providing the hyperlink to the
Fulton High Performance Computing Intiative website is
appreciated, but the current state of the website needs
addressing. Examples: The last news item on the homepage
is dated 12 July 2005. I know this is not true, but it gives
the appearance that nothing has been happening the last half
of 2005. The homepage doesn't even have a title object defined
and web usability guru Jakob Nielsen claims the title is the most
important webpage object. If you go to the "personnel" webpage,
"Stanzione, Dan" is the only person with a hyperlink and it doesn't
work (i.e. it is suffering from linkrot).

DanStanzione,  December 9, 2005 at 11:22 AM  

I apologize for the condition of the web site, but it's a matter of priorities. The reason "Stanzione, Dan" is the only link on personnel is that I've been effectively the only staff, and after 20-25 hours/wk of meetings, 20-25 of e-mail, then all the week old user requests for support, and the 8 proposals sent in the last 6 months, the web just stays on the bottom of the to do list.

The good news is that I've added a couple of staff in the last couple of weeks, and the web should improve rapidly... check back after the first of the year... lots has happened with the HPC Initiative.