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The Business of Energy in U.S. Academic Research Computing

By Dr. Gregory B. Newby. April, 2014.

Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Project Plan: Impetus; Opportunity/Problem Statement; Project Scope; High Level Timeline and Milestones; Metrics and Measurement of Outcomes; Resource Requirements
  3. Industry analysis: Is Academic Research Computing an Industry?; Academic Research Computing as an Industry; The High Performance Computing Industry; Return on Investment; CASC Perspective on the Industry; "Small HPC" BoF Perspective on Industry; Industry Maturity
  4. Systems within systems: The research computing environment: Systems Overview; Systems Characteristics for Research Computing; Systems in Research Computing Environments; Systems Components for Research Computing
  5. Key Resources
  6. Stakeholder analysis: Organizational Stakeholders; State & Regional Stakeholders; National and International Stakeholders
  7. Key Performance Indicators and Dashboards: From Mission and Vision to Goals
  8. Return on Investment
  9. The role of energy in research computing: Fundamentals of electrical usage for computing; The physics of electricity in computing; Cooling; Backup power; Energy and Data Movement; Cheap and Reliable Electricity; Large-scale Data Movement is to be Avoided; Local Data Movement is also to be Avoided
  10. Equipment lifecycles and technology refresh: Materials; Assessing Impact; Simple Measures; Moving Forward; Energy Roles in Procurement and Operation
  11. Organizational Culture: Introduction to Organizational Culture; CASC as a Culture Keeper for Research Computing; Stewardship as a Key Goal of Organizational Culture in Research Computing; Challenges of Maintaining Stewardship; Staffing for Research Computing; Employee Development
  12. Conclusion
  13. The Spreadsheet ... also a CASC presentation from April 2014
  14. References and Notes
  15. Acknowledgements

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