These were approved.
MPU and RAT will not make end September deadline for operational reasons.
It's now anticipated that IS will have finished testing their procedures by the end of October. We can then move ahead with migrating more users across.
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This was actually suggested at the previous meeting but omitted from the minutes.
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Alastair clarified that the fire suppression system will not be made live without his say-so.
It seemed to be the consensus of the meeting that since these machines were self-managed and since all owners of self-managed machines (Dell servers at least) have been told how to monitor the temperature of their hardware, such an emergency system was not required.
After some discussion, it was agreed that Ian should speak to Informatics procurement staff about the need to obtain details of the power requirements of proposed purchases. Iain observed that on some hardware, the PSU configuration can be changed by the user meaning that a definitive answer on the power it will draw may be hard to obtain. Alastair agreed that the entire issue requires further thought.
It was clarified that all new KVM guests which are not absolutely required to be located downtown should be considered for the new KB KVM servers. It was noted that non-essential guests at KB would be considered "expendable" in the event of a major outrage down town but that the same could be said of central guests should KB go off the air.
Topics for discussion
Neil asked if, given the issues with over-crowding and over-heating in the self managed server rooms, would a possible solution be to swap the contents of the self managed server rooms and the main server room? It was agreed that this would not be a solution since there is more kit, and more heat produced, in the main server room then there is in the self managed server rooms.
There was some discussion of the aim of grouping research computing resources together in the hope of reducing the load on facilities and eliminating duplication. This still has some way to go though. It was pointed out that the School's use of GPU machines (the main heat producers) far exceeds any other School in the University.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 9th October 2019, in AT-7.07, at 10:00.
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