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About the ACC

Location

The facility is housed in a 2000 square foot data center that provides redundant systems for power, air conditioning, physical security, and ample room for growth. 

Platforms

The center currently runs Solaris, MacOS X, Windows, and Red Hat Linux but has been designed to accommodate any operating system required by the research community.

Infrastructure

The Advanced Computing Center's network infrastructure consists of four high-speed switches delivering Gigabit Ethernet to all hosted resources. This exclusively switched architecture is designed to eliminate the network bandwidth contention common in research environments, while allowing reliable high and low bandwidth connections between OHSU researchers, the internet, and OHSU's connection to Internet2. The Center's technology platforms are currently housed in 2000 square feet of the West Campus Data Center that provides redundant and emergency power, HVAC and multiple layers of security. Core Equipment comprises 1000-processor compute resource with over 3 Terabytes of memory, hundreds of terabytes of storage and over 150 terabytes of backup capacity.

Storage

A high performance, high availability Network Attached Storage (NAS) filer is the cornerstone of the Advanced Computing Center's storage services infrastructure. The NAS filer provides a centralized file store for individual home directories and shared, research-specific project areas. The filer currently supports Serial Attached SCSI and Serial ATA disk drives serving storage to UNIX, Windows, and Macintosh client machines via the NFS and CIFS protocols. In addition, a state-of-the-art Storage Area Network (SAN) provides additional storage.

Reliability

The Advanced Computing Center's tape backup system consists of a dedicated high-end server with multiple Gigabit network, SCSI and fiber channel interfaces for high-speed backups and restores. It uses commercial-grade backup software to control a tape library. The system currently performs a full backup every week and daily incremental backups, with schedules tuned for customer needs. In addition, an off-site tape rotation to a secure location keeps mission-critical data safe while maintaining compliance with OHSU data retention policies.