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HPCAT 10GB Network Upgrade Project team receives Impact Argonne Award for Extraordinary Effort

A large multi-group team, comprised of staff from AES (IT support) and XSD (HPCAT and BCDA), came together to plan and execute the complicated task of upgrading HPCAT’s existing IT network to a new fiber optic 10Gb network. This involved complete re-wiring of the IT infrastructure and reorganization of the computing layout for the whole sector, as well as upgrading computer hardware and architecture to comply with the latest DOE regulations. The coordination in designing, scheduling, implementing and troubleshooting the transition was exemplary and noteworthy.

HPCAT’s new 10Gb network is necessary to meet the increasing need to securely store and transfer larger amounts of data, ensure that all computer hardware is compliant with DOE-BES standards and prepare for APS-U. HPCAT is a complex sector with four simultaneously working beamlines and three laboratory spaces that run off-line experiments, as well as a myriad number of detectors, beamline hardware and the need to maintain a secure control and data acquisition environment crucial for the needs of our three national lab partners – LLNL, SNL and LANL.

The team showed extraordinary dedication and collaboration in transitioning HPCAT’s IT network to a fiber optic 10Gb network and the work was accomplished seamlessly with absolutely no downtime.

Congratulations team!

Arun Bommannavar (XSD/HPCAT)
Richard Ferry (XSD/HPCAT)
Eric Rod (XSD/HPCAT)
Zachary Basile (AES/IT)
Clarence Clark (AES/IT)
Daniel Devito (AES/IT)
Mark Engbretson (XSD/BDCA)
David Leibfritz (AES/IT)
Troy Lutes (AES/IT)
Vincent Nobles (AES/IT)
Brian Pruitt (AES/IT)
David Wallis (AES/IT)
Mary Westbrook (AES/IT)
Ed Wrobel (AES/IT)

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