Enterprise Systems and Informatics
Department Core Values
- Excellence - We never settle for "good enough."
- Passion - We are driven by our personal interest in cutting-edge technology.
- Integrity - We enhance our reputation through trustworthy people and dependable solutions.
- Camaraderie - We develop rapport through fellowship and mutual support.
The Department of Enterprise Systems and Informatics consists of six teams covering a broad spectrum of technology disciplines. While each team provides distinctly different services, the department is designed to facilitate cross-team collaboration with the goal of providing more effective, efficient solutions by working together in a multidisciplinary manner to solve business problems with cutting-edge technology.
Work in the department is full of diverse technical challenges, such as the development of sensor data collection systems, support of high performance computing clusters, creation of field-based spatial tools and development of tools to assist with plant DNA analysis. Exciting opportunities abound for those talented in technical disciplines and with the ability to work in a very collaborative team environment.
Consisting of both scientists and programmers, this team covers a broad range of disciplines and skill sets, providing computational support services to researchers in agriculture, forage improvement and basic plant science. Group members are experienced in bioinformatics, experimental design, computer programming, data analysis, scientific writing and high performance computing.
Solutions and Data Technologies
The solutions and data technologies team works closely with all of the Noble Research Institute's divisions to architect, procure, implement and maintain technology solutions. Their primary focus is to implement innovative software solutions to enable the advancement of business and scientific activities at the Noble Research Institute.
Desktop and Endpoint Support
The desktop and endpoint support team works closely with all Noble Research Institute staff and provides exceptional customer support. Their duties include the installation, security and maintenance of all desktops, laptops and tablets. The desktop and endpoint support team provides a great way for new as well as seasoned support professionals to learn new skills and grow in the world of IT. The team prides itself in providing excellent service, an innovative environment and investing in team members.
Enterprise and Research Systems Infrastructure
The enterprise and research systems infrastructure team manages a modern, highly virtualized data center and is responsible for all server, storage, telecommunications, high performance computing clusters and network systems. They also provide information security services for the Noble Research Institute.
The information management team provides Noble Research Institute researchers with a host of information services. In addition to traditional print and digital library services, this team has strategically positioned itself to provide research data management, data curation, digital asset management and archival services.
Spatial and Applied Ag Technology
The spatial and applied ag technology team provides the Noble Research Institute with geographic information systems (GIS) support to enable efficient and effective research based on collaborator needs. They also oversee the Institute's UAV program and are key to applied ag tech efforts. In the ever-changing world of GIS, this team focuses on providing the Noble Research Institute with unique tools and data to help visualize landscapes and support research outcomes.
High Performance Computing
Installed in early 2016, "Taurus" achieves an aggregate peak performance of 40.25 TFLOPs, with 824 cores, and 14 TB of RAM. Taurus consists of 32 nodes and provides a wide range of memory from 256 GB to 2 TB. It also includes 350 TB of globally accessible high performance DDN storage. In 2018, a GPU accelerated node was added to Taurus to unlock new features and software on the cluster. The interconnect networks are Infiniband (IB) for message passing, Ethernet for I/O and an Ethernet management network. The point-to-point latency is approximately 1 microsecond. The Ethernet network includes 40 Gb/s switches that connect to all compute nodes. The online job scheduler and submission tools not only allow efficient use of the cluster but also support interactive GUI applications and remote visualization, and it provides detailed analytics and reporting to better manage the cluster and its users. This high cores, high memory supercomputer helps researchers accelerate their code, facilitate bioinformatics and support big data analysis research.
Virtual Server Environment
The department manages two virtual server farms. Each farm is designated for specific activities. The first farm 's primary function is to host enterprise shared virtual servers. These virtual servers host functions that include database servers, web servers, intranet servers and hosted application servers. Another cluster within this farm is used for development and testing. Its primary purpose is to test VM’s and non-production servers.
The department also manages an additional virtual server farm specifically used for scientific computing activities. The scientific farm hosts a variety of virtual servers that run various virtual servers, which are used for scientific software development, testing, web server and database hosting, public and internal services, internal user desktops, and application servers.
Data Center and Enterprise Infrastructure
Built in 2006, our on-premise data center for computing systems and activities contains 2,025 square feet of usable floor space, and there is currently a total of 21 data cabinets that contain 42u each for a total of 882u of total rack space. The data center has multiple environmental monitors and protection systems in place. It contains redundant cooling and power systems with 160 kVA UPS and generator system for extended power outages.
The department manages a total of 1.2PB of storage. This includes 520TB of primary storage and 360TB of separate backup and archive storage, along with 330TB of backup storage maintained at a remote location for disaster recovery. The storage is built upon redundant storage controllers using a combination of SSD and spinning disk. The core network 40GigE backbone is built upon a redundant switch platform providing 192 10GigE and 144 1GigE ports along with a 1Gbs internet connection and a 100Mbs connection supporting voice over IP.
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