[CFIC] Draft: Message to Director's

James Van Dyke vandyke at ucar.edu
Tue Jan 29 15:14:57 MST 2008

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I agree with Shawn's comments and I think we are good to go. - Jim

Shawn Winkelman wrote:
| Pat -- looks OK to me - I think Feb. 8th is a reasonable compromise.  I
| think you could incorporate a sentence about potential reps. serving a
| lab or an entity -- Lance makes a good point.  Also, one nit, in the
| last part you refer to a "financial point of contact" and then later an
| "administrative point of contact."   You might want to use the same term
| in both sentences.
| Shawn
| Marion Hammond wrote:
|> I disagree. Most  people have someone in mind already, and can
|> designate them. If they need more time, let them ask for it. Marion
|> Pat Waukau wrote:
|>> Lance,
|>> On Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 02:04:24PM -0700, Lance Jones wrote:
|>>> Pat, two thoughts right off:
|>>> 1) Feb 4th seems excessively short notice to make this decision.  I
|>>> suspect some directors are going to want more time to talk with their
|>>> people and ask questions.  Some might not even be around over the
|>>> next few
|>>> days to have these conversations.  I would suggest Feb 11th at a
|>>> minimum.
|>> How about a compromise of February 8?  We would want to invite
|>> designated
|>> technical representatives to the sys admin meeting the following week.
|>>> 2) Do you feel that it would be appropriate for some programs to
|>>> designate
|>>> technical and financial points of contact to represent several
|>>> programs?
|>> I'm not quite sure what you are asking.  In the case of UOP for
|>> instance,
|>> are you suggesting that there may a single technical person representing
|>> the interests of the Director's office, DLS, and JOSS?  If that type of
|>> consolidation makes sense, in my opinion it is up to the specific
|>> groups.
|>> Each group would still be asked to provide their final response to
|>> the plan.
|>>> lj
|>>>> CFIC Members:
|>>>> Following is a draft message to be sent to all UCAR director's
|>>>> regarding
|>>>> input to the CFIC plan as discussed at our last meeting.   Please
|>>>> send me
|>>>> your comments by tomorrow morning.
|>>>> Thanks, Pat
|>>>> ---
|>>>> At the UCAR Management Committee (UMC) meeting in December 2006  the
|>>>> President's
|>>>> Council (PC) approved the Collocation Facilities Strategic Plan which
|>>>> outlined
|>>>> a new direction for provisioning infrastructure for the computational
|>>>> resources of divisions and programs within the institution.  In
|>>>> April 2007
|>>>> the PC chartered a follow-on committee, the Computing Facilities
|>>>> Implementation
|>>>> Committee (CFIC), to develop the companion document for
|>>>> implementing the
|>>>> strategic plan.  The implementation plan will address technical,
|>>>> financial,
|>>>> organizational process, governance, and management issues.
|>>>> With a project of this scope which impacts the entire organization, it
|>>>> is important that we build consensus on the future direction we will
|>>>> be taking.  In addition, with the current budget environment, it is
|>>>> equally
|>>>> important to develop a plan that is fiscally responsible yet will
|>>>> provide
|>>>> a viable infrastructure for the long-term.  In the coming weeks the
|>>>> CFIC
|>>>> committee will engage designated staff in discussions related
|>>>> to the various  aspects of the plan and incorporate their feedback
|>>>> into the final document. The goal of these interactions is to insure
|>>>> that we take into account specific needs of the various entities in
|>>>> the
|>>>> plan development.
|>>>> At this time we are asking you to designate a technical and financial
|>>>> point of contact for your division/program.   The technical point of
|>>>> contact should be an individual whose responsibility is the management
|>>>> and oversight of your existing computational resources, and can
|>>>> provide
|>>>> insight into the future strategic direction for computing for your
|>>>> entity.
|>>>> The administrative point of contact should be an individual who
|>>>> oversees
|>>>> the budget for your entity.  These individuals can determine if
|>>>> additional
|>>>> staff members need to be included in scheduled meetings depending
|>>>> on the
|>>>> topics being addressed.  It is expected that both of these individuals
|>>>> will subsequently provide feedback to you and other staff members,
|>>>> and that as director you will provide the final response to the plan.
|>>>> Please submit the names of your designated individuals to
|>>>> waukau at ucar.edu
|>>>> by Monday, February 4.
|>>>> For more detail on the progress of the CFIC, go to
|>>>> http://wiki.ucar.edu.
|>>>> Log in with your UCAS login and password and scroll down to the
|>>>> Computing
|>>>> Facilities and Implementation Committee link on the left hand side.
|>>>> On behalf of the committee, thank you for your support.
|>>>> Pat Waukau
|>>>> --
|>>>> Pat Waukau   waukau at ucar.edu
|>>>> Head, Systems Group
|>>>> Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division
|>>>> NCAR
|>>>> P. O. Box 3000
|>>>> Boulder, CO  80307
|>>>> (303) 497-8906 (Office)
|>>>> (303) 497-8181 (FAX)
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