I’d like to share with you a few changes that Michael Brandt, Horst Simon, and I are making to the Lab’s IT Division to enhance our ability to support the computing needs of the science areas.
As the Lab takes on new scientific challenges that bring unprecedented volumes of data, the need for advanced computing to support our scientific work is increasing rapidly. While IT has always provided science support services, we believe that a refocusing of these efforts is needed to ensure the continuing support of our diverse and intensifying research needs. For this reason, we are consolidating all science support services offered by IT into a unit led by Lab CIO Rosio Alvarez. IT’s other services will remain unchanged.
As we look to expand and improve our science IT services, we will appoint a new Science IT Advisory Board, led by Horst Simon and comprised of senior scientific leadership from the science areas. This board will advise IT and us as we refine the portfolio of services dedicated to the scientific community, including potential new offerings around data management, storage, workflows, and cloud offerings. IT leadership will also meet frequently with scientific staff and science division leadership to gain further insight into current and emerging computing needs, and to provide early engagement between IT and new scientific projects.
This Lab has a well-deserved reputation for its ability to apply cutting-edge computing to a diverse range of scientific problems. These changes are intended to further enhance our abilities in this area and position the Laboratory to continue this leadership role into the next decade.