Jon Bakken

We are always working to determine how we can best get news to you, and we appreciate the feedback we have received about this. The lab’s primary mechanism for conveying news is the News at Work website. Recently, a “Computing” tab was added to the announcements section on the right of the News at Work home page. There, we post upcoming changes, major service outages and essential information like cybersecurity announcements.

Jon Bakken   Jeff Irvin Jon Bakken, head of the Core Computing Division, and Jeff Irvin, acting head of the Business Services Section, wrote this column. Next month, Fermilab will launch a new emergency notification system. During situations such as power outages, blizzards or other emergencies that have a potentially great impact on the lab, Fermilab employees, contractors and users will be able to receive notification via email, phone or text message. The system is similar to those used by…

Jon Bakken Jon Bakken, head of the Core Computing Division, wrote this column. Upgrades are coming to Fermilab’s network capabilities. The upgrades will substantially increase the laboratory’s off-site bandwidth capacity. Perhaps just as significantly, the upgrades will keep the laboratory’s wide-area network infrastructure on the leading edge of network technology. To put things into perspective, after the upgrade our bandwidth will allow us to stream about 25,000 HD Netflix movies simultaneously—but we of course don’t do that. We have better…

Jon Bakken Jon Bakken, head of the Core Computing Division, wrote this week’s column. On May 12, Fermilab will begin to transfer responsibilities for some of its core computing services to Dell Services Federal Government. The primary goal of the contract is to consolidate the various vendor contracts we have for the Service Desk, hardware repair, data center installations, networking cabling, PREP logistics and printers and copiers. We expect to leverage Dell’s organization and experience to deliver improved and more…

Jon Bakken Jon Bakken, head of the Core Computing Division, wrote this week’s column. Fermilab’s Grid Computing Center building has received the Energy Star award for 2012, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. GCC comprises 16,000-square-foot of floor space and houses computers for the data analysis of Fermilab’s particle physics experiments, computers for Lattice QCD computations and about half of our archival tape systems. The award recognizes buildings that measurably cost less…

Jon Bakken John Bakken, head of the Core Computing Division, wrote this column. This is my first column for Fermilab Today as the new head for the Core Computing Division. This division supports the services that you use every day, which include networks, storage, email and desktops, and we’re here to help you. Since I began in this position Oct. 1, we have implemented a few changes to improve our service to you, most notably changing the Service Desk software….