Research Support Services has had a productive and energetic year as we have begun to modernize the IT infrastructure. Several very impactful contributions have been made to computational and storage capabilities. The institute added several Nvidia GPU systems and several AMD EPYC systems for computation. The Institute has acquired over 1.5 PB of new networked attached storage and now over 2.7 PB of offline storage capability (tape). We have also greatly improved our infrastructure by deploying a new uninterruptible power supply system to provide continuous power to all of our important IT systems. We have continued to provide instrument maintenance along with computer, telecommunication, network, and Internet support for The Hormel Institute.
Maintenance includes a wide variety of scientific instruments, from complex to simple and large to small. Computers and network connectivity are an extremely important resource for researchers and a major portion of our work load.