Rob Roser

As we well know from our experiments studying tiny particles, just because you can’t see something doesn’t mean it isn’t a big deal. Today’s column is focused on our unified communications strategy for the next year. This includes telecommunications, networking and conferencing systems, all of which are behind the scenes, but vital to lab operations.

Some of you at Fermilab will soon be required to use two different forms of identification to log in to certain systems. But don’t worry — we’re making the process as simple as possible.

Every June, students descend on Fermilab, injecting a matchless vitality at the laboratory. Computing expects a dozen or so students this summer, and the lab expects close to 100 total. It is not too early to plan the students’ participation and make sure we can challenge them and give them a rewarding experience.

The game of cybersecurity is changing. No longer are threats strictly from those looking to mine passwords and credit card numbers for financial gain. In this new order, cyber espionage is being undertaken to gather intelligence of all types.

Rob Roser Rob Roser, chief information officer, wrote this column. As I type this column, the snow is falling outside. I have a tired Brittany pup on the couch next to me. I look up from the computer screen to stare at the fire in the fireplace to think back about what a remarkable year 2014 was for the laboratory, as well as for computing, and how excited I am for the prospects moving forward. One of the lab’s biggest…

Jim Strait, project director for Fermilab’s proposed long-baseline neutrino experiment, answers a question at the Dec. 12 meeting to form a new collaboration at Fermilab. Photo: Reidar Hahn On Dec. 5 and 12, many of the world’s neutrino scientists gathered at CERN and Fermilab, respectively, to learn about the newly proposed next-generation long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment. These meetings were established to discuss a new letter of intent (LOI) for the experiment. The LOI, which is currently signed by more than…

Rob Roser One of the first things I realized in my role as CIO is that information technology cuts across all parts of the laboratory. It is not only scientific facilities but also finance, procurement, communications and human resources that depend on IT services to do business. With that in mind, Fermilab leverages its IT expertise to create value and improve efficiency. The job of IT is not simply to align with the business, but rather to partner with the…

Rob Roser On Feb. 1, I assumed the role of associate lab director for computing and chief information officer (acting), replacing Vicky White, who will concentrate all her energies on the role of chief operating officer. For more than a decade, Vicky has led the Computing Division, now the Computing Sector. During this decade, she has made remarkable strides developing a computing infrastructure that we now know and take for granted. I could write a long list of accomplishments, but…

Rob Roser Rob Roser, head of the Scientific Computing Division, wrote this column. The neutrino and muon experiments at Fermilab are getting more demanding! They have reached a level of sophistication and precision that the present computing resources available at Fermilab are no longer sufficient to handle. The solution: The Scientific Computing Division is now introducing grid and cloud services to satisfy those experiments’ appetite for large amounts of data and computing time. An insatiable appetite for computing resources is…