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11/01/2009 - Riverpoint Campus Datacenter Dedicated

The Innovation Partnership Zone (IPZ) team has completed the first IPZ project in the University District. The ceremonial ribbon cutting and dedication of the new Riverpoint Campus Datacenter was Tuesday, October 27. The Datacenter project was made possible through an Innovation Partnership Zone (IPZ) Grant and funding from WSU Spokane. Much of the credit for creating the grant proposal and securing the grant goes to Greater Spokane Incorporated. The project team also included WSU Spokane, EWU Spokane, Sirti, Institute for Systems Medicine (ISM), Washington State University's Applied Science Laboratory's (ASL), Spokane Area Workforce Development Council, and the City of Spokane.

The Riverpoint Campus Datacenter is an outstanding example of organizations -- Greater Spokane Incorporated, the University District, Institutions of Higher Education, Sirti, and research entities -- all coming together to create an education and research facility that would otherwise not exist. The Datacenter is state-of-the-art and capable of pushing more than 10 gigabits per second of information. The facility is used as the information technology hub for the entire Riverpoint Campus, and for research purposes, according to Larry Hoffman, Director of Information Technology, Operations, and Enterprise Services, WSU Spokane.

The Datacenter contains the "brains" and the connectivity in and out of the campus. The Metro Ethernet connection to the Pacific Northwest Gigapop resides here. The network management for the 10 gigabit pipe connecting WSU Spokane and WSU Pullman is in the Datacenter's core closet. WSU hosts an enterprise Polycom video bridge within the Datacenter.. In addition, the core closet equipment manages the entire Riverpoint Campus network. All of the Riverpoint Campus is now connected at 20Gb speeds over redundant fiber optic links The Information Technology for all campus buildings and the departments within them is managed through the Datacenter.

The ASL high-performance computing (HPC) cluster was recently moved to the Riverpoint Datacenter. The HPC consists of three 42U racks mounted with densely stacked compute "nodes". There are sixty-four of these compute nodes. Each node has two dual-core, 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon 64-bit EM64t chips, which translates into four acting processors for each node. This means 256 working processors (4 x 64). This distributed memory, highly parallel HPC cluster has 16 gigabytes of RAM for each node 'a titanic amount of memory. Overall, there is 1 terabyte of RAM in the compute nodes. The cluster receives and processes data at 20 Gbps using Cisco InfinibandTM connectivity infrastructure and OpenIB protocols. The operating system is SUSE Enterprise Linux 10. Disc storage of 1.6 terabytes is available for users, 4.6 terabytes of total scratch space and more hot-swappab le expansion slo ts available for future storage needs. The file system runs ultrafast GPFS parallel file system to handle the highly demanding parallel-I/O requirements.

In addition to campus educational needs, Datacenter research users include WSU Spokane and ASL; Eastern Washington University Spokane (EWU Spokane); Health Sciences including the WWAMI program partnership of WSU Spokane and University of Washington (UW), the RIDE (Regional Initiatives in Dentistry) partnership of EWU and UW, WSU College of Pharmacy, WSU College of Nursing, etc; and Sirti. Gonzaga and the ISM are exploring Datacenter connections to the Gigapop which is administered by UW. As the Spokane medical school presence grows, so will the need for research connectivity in and out of Spokane.

Billie Moreland
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