Founding Charter

for

ICS Clustering, SAN and

Fibre Channel Laboratory

 

 

at the Department of Information & Computer Science

University of California, Irvine

April 1999

 

 

 

 

Clustering, SAN and Fibre Channel Lab

 

At the University of California, Irvine (UCI), a group of professors have agreed with the initiative of the chairman of the fibre channel clustering committee to establish a Clustering, SAN and Fibre Channel Laboratory. Housed in UCI’s Department of Information & Computer Science, the Clustering, SAN and Fibre Channel Lab will be sustained through an alliance of academia and industry.

UCI’s Department of Information & Computer Science was recently ranked by PC Week as one of our nation’s top 10 programs for technology education. It is the largest computing department in the University of California system, and the third largest of any school in the West. The faculty and students are uniquely qualified to lead new trends in clustering research.

 

VISION

Foster the concept of a Single System Image at 99.999% availability in a heterogeneous environment.

 

GOAL

Establish and maintain a national laboratory resource to pursue the Vision.

 

THE ALLIANCE

The Department of Information & Computer Science at UCI will nurture alliances with organizations involved in Clustering and related technologies such as:

  1. Clustering Systems
  2. Fibre Channel and Storage Area Network (SAN)
  3. Clustering Applications

RESEARCH THRUSTS

Research and technical emphasis of the faculty associated with the lab include:

 

Support for complex multidimensional datasets, management of highly dynamic data sets, spatio-temporal database management, management of uncertainty in database systems, machine learning and pattern recognition over large data sets, visualization of dynamic data sets.

Scalability, memory hierarchy performance, parallel I/O, compilation, application issues, portable libraries including message passing.

Network centric computing, availability and fault tolerance in distributed and parallel systems, replication and caching in distributed environments, open and heterogeneous systems environments, Quality of Service enabled resource management, composable middleware for distributed systems, concurrent object based computing, ubiquitous and mobile computing environments, security protocols, systems and performance analysis

Analysis and interpretation of multimedia data, representation and storage of multimedia information, multimedia information retrieval and database management, communication and transmission of multimedia objects, multimedia in mobile environments, quality of service specification and enforcement in multimedia applications

Multimedia search engines, video on demand systems, multimedia teleconferencing, distance learning, multimedia enabled classrooms, web mining, telemedicine, bio-medical diagnostic tools, weather interpretation and advisory systems, tools for visualizing and animating dynamic objects, digital arts and entertainment, electronic commerce

 

FACILITIES

We envision the lab (at build-out) to include:

Tape Library – minimum 500 GB

Magneto Optical Library – minimum 1 terabyte

CD and DVD Library – minimum 1 terabyte

(including media for the removable devices)

 

SPONSOR BENEFITS

 

LAB OVERVIEW

Sponsor donations are tax deductible gifts that will be used to enhance research programs in the lab as well as maintain the computing infrastructure. Gifts can be made payable to the UCI Foundation and returned to:

Jennifer Stameson, Director of Development

UCI

444 Computer Science Bldg.

Irvine, CA 92697-3425

No University overhead costs will be charged against sponsor gifts to the lab. In addition to cash contributions, the lab accepts tax deductible gifts of hardware and software that enhance the research efforts.

 

PEOPLE

Dave Guerrero

Chairman

(714)630-3000

clusterlab@worldnet.att.net

Dave has spent over 25 years in Information Technology, including networking, enterprise software, and storage solutions as well as promoting standards. He was Chief Operating Officer for Novell Data Systems (Novell, Inc.) and Technology Manager of several computer companies. He attended St .Thomas College and UCLA in Math and Computer Science.

 

Sharad Mehrotra

Co-Director

(949)824-5975

sharad@ics.uci.edu

Dr. Mehrotra is an Assistant Professor in UCI’s Department of Information & Computer Science and leads research in databases for multimedia information retrieval. He received his Ph.D. from University of Texas, Austin.

 

Alexander Veidenbaum

Co-Director

(949)824-6188

alexv@ics.uci.edu

Dr. Veidenbaum is an Associate Professor in UCI’s Department of Information & Computer Science and leads research in computer architecture, compilation, and performance evaluation.. He received his Ph.D. from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

 

Nalini Venkatasubramanian

Co-Director

(949)824-5898

nalini@ics.uci.edu

Dr. Venkatasubramanian is an Assistant Professor in UCI’s Department of Information & Computer Science and leads research in quality of service for multimedia networks. She received her Ph.D. from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.