Steven Luis, Assoc. Director for IT
Florida International University
School of Computer Science
School of Computer Science
Research and Education
School of Computer Science Facts
1000+ undergraduate students in ABET/CSAB accredited CS BS
program & IT BS program
70+ MS students, 50 Ph.D. students
BS degree program in Jamaica, MS program in China
18 ranked faculty 8 instructors, 35 research assistants, 4
research associates, 12 staff members.
Average $2 million competitive research funding annually
SCS R&D Programs
high performance semantic/object
oriented DBMS, internet
based database applications, visualization
software modeling, design, verification and
testing, component technology and middleware, architecture
Computer communication and networking
Internet technology and mobile computing
Real time systems
Bioinformatics, healthcare and medicine,
disaster management, transportation, environment, material science, etc.
Funded by NSF, NASA, AFOSR, ARO, BMDO, AFRL, FEMA,
DOI, USGS, IBM, and other agencies and corporations.
SCS Research Centers and Laboratories
High Performance Database Research Center (HPDRC)
POC: Naphtali Rishe,
$10M+ funding, NSF, NASA, USGS, IBM etc.
20+ graduate students, 6 research staff/postdoc/visiting professor
Center for Advanced Distributed System Engineering (CADSE)
POC: Xudong He,
$3M+ funding, NSF, NASA, ARO, AFOSR, etc.
20+ graduate students, 1 postdoc
NSF Center for Advanced Information Processing and High Confidence
Systems (CREST) (new)
POC: Yi Deng,
$4.5M funding, NSF, 10+ faculty members, 20 graduate students
Distributed Multimedia & Information System Laboratory (DMIS)
, 20 graduate students
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Laboratory (BCB)
POC: Giri Narasimhan,
, 7 graduate students.
Secure Software Architecture Laboratory (SSA)
POC: Raimund Ege,
, 9 graduate students
High Performance Database Research Center
NASA Regional Applications
$27 million in research
funding: NSF, NASA, USGS,
IBM and others
20 TB+ of public data
(Largest public GIS
The TerraFly project
enabled GIS system for
supporting visualization of
spatial and remote sensed
Featured in the Nature,
Yahoo’s weekly picks, USA
NSF Center for Advanced Information Processing and
High Confidence Systems
$4.5M funding from NSF, joint effort with Computer
Multidisciplinary Research with 4 major components
High confidence real
time system design
dimensional data modeling and query research
Safety critical assistive technology research
Information processing with neuroscience applications
10+ faculty members, 20 Ph.D. students, external partners
SCS Laboratory Overview
million dollar facility funded primarily by research grants
and industry donations.
25+ instructional and dedicated research labs in ECS.
Over 100+ servers: File, compute, web, email…
Microsoft Windows XP, Redhat Linux, and Sun Solaris.
Over 1.5TB+ of regularly backed up storage.
Extensive automated network and server monitoring 24x7.
SCS Networking Capabilities
Laboratories interconnected by a redundant fiber
Gigabit connected servers, routers, and primary switches.
Native IPV6 enabled via Abilene.
Campus network is connected to Internet 2, Americas Path
(South/Central American Research Network), Starlight/Startap and
other international networks.
802.11b Wireless access in offices, research and instructional labs.
Laptop bars in open labs.
Native Multicast (PIM
Access Grid, Polycomm station, and other video conferencing
SCS Computing Capabilities
120+ open lab desktop systems to run distributed
processing experiments (in user mode).
20+ node Linux Beowulf cluster.
Sun and Dell enterprise servers for compute intensive work.
Databases like POSTGRESQL, MySQL, and Oracle.
Middleware technologies like Globus Toolkit, CORBA and
other Web Services toolkits.
Microsoft .NET Framework, IIS, MS SQL, and other MS
Open Source Infrastructure. Our environment takes
advantage of hundreds of open source software solutions
including Apache with full mods., PHP, Perl, and other tools.
SCS Undergraduate and Graduate Labs
John C. Comfort laboratory (JCCL): 61 workstations
running Windows XP (55 seats), RedHat Linux (5 seats) and
Mac OS X (1 seat).
Graduate lab: 18 XP and 4 Linux.
Services 70+ SCS classes.
Students assigned accounts on semester basis.
Intel Pentium 4, 2.0GHz,512MB of RAM, 24x CD
Windows XP software: MS Office, MS Visual Studio.Net and
MSDN libraries, Masm 6.15, Visio 2002, Rational Rose
2000e, Jcreator 2.5 pro, Eclipse 2.1, Xwin32: X server, and
a number of Internet connectivity tools.
Each student is given 100MB of file storage space.
Students can login remotely into several Linux and Solaris
file and compute servers.
Dedicated computer training lab. 16 Intel Pentium 4,
2.0GHz, 512MB RAM, 24x CD
RW, 17" flat panel display.
Windows XP with Xwin32, X Server for Unix/Linux apps.
Classroom instructional software, NetOp School, which
allows an instructor to lockdown the systems, isolate one
system and redisplay on the computer data projection
Instructors can use a wired workstation in the room or a
wireless PC tablet to operate their presentation.
Service and Operations
Support staff: 4.5 full
time employees plus part
time lab asst.
Project management for lab development.
Network layer 1, 2 and 3 service.
Server/Desktop OS installation, tune, patch, debug and security.
Procurement and asset management.
based application development.
based Trouble Ticket system.
Annual faculty and semesterly student customer surveys
Free Seminars on lab relevant topics: Dev. tools, environment.
Free MS Software for faculty/students academic work.
Free Sophos anti
virus for faculty/students.
Challenge: Linux/Microsoft Integration
Goal: Seamless heterogeneous computing.
Current environment: Separate file
systems and credentials
Preparing Samba 3.0 implementation
Unified account credentials.
Web page to change p/w.
MS Desktop, MS profile, and Linux/MS user home file systems
can be placed under one home directory location.
Improved quota management.
One Windows domain model consolidation.
Interoperate with Windows 2003 Server.
Challenge: Desktop Image management and deployment
demand OS/application installation.
Norton Ghost 7.x.
Kernel dependencies and multiple architectures:
Intel and AMD.
Legacy equipment and image management.
Desktop Support end
LanDesk application management
SUS vs. LanDesk Patch Manager?
Challenge: Network, Server, Desktop Security
Goal: Secure and reliable computing environment.
Patch, patch, patch…
Minimize MS outlook.
Consolidate IIS/ MS SQL dependency.
Sophos antivirus on all desktops.
Antivirus mail filtering.
Firewall around at risk systems.
Restricted admin account usage.
Monitoring of all servers and network devices.
What more can be done???
Improved patch management.
Advanced network monitoring tools to identify infected
Challenge: Software Development Environment
Goal: Provide innovative environment for instruction and
Console manageable web
hosting environment for
Limited control of sub
domain. (“Sandbox” model)
Web services management.
Quota report on file system, compute and other resources.
Open Source application installation.
Create db and other accounts.
Monitor activity of web services.
MS 2003, Longhorn, Studio.NET, IIS and MS SQL tool
Java and Eclipse
Challenge: Collaboration tools
Goal: Provide collaboration infrastructure to improve
communication and productivity.
Courseware/Student relationship management.
Groupware: CMS, Calendaring, Forums, Blogs…
Grant proposal preparation.
Intellectual Property portfolio.
SCS Goals: Five Years
1300 undergraduate students
200 graduate students
70 Ph.D. students
$3M annual external research funding
10 new tenure
track or tenured faculty members
Top 50 rank nationwide in competitive research funding
The leading provider of computing and IT talent and
resources in the region
Contact & Information
Steven Luis, Assoc. Dir for IT