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									University of Minnesota
Digital Technology
      Center


 Andrew Odlyzko
           odlyzko@umn.edu

 For further information or to sign up for
          email announcements:
         http://www.dtc.umn.edu

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Technology Background


•   Explosive growth in digital processing, storage
    and transmission.

•   All the information that has ever been generated
    can be stored on hard disks.

•   In the future, a vanishing fraction of our
    information will be seen and heard by people.




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Moore’s Law and Moore’s laws


Gordon Moore: Number of transistors on a chip will double
              every 18 months.


Often extended to other technologies that progress at
regular rates




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Transistors per chip in top-of-the-line
Intel processors
   No. of transistors (X1000)




                                100000

                                10000
                                 1000

                                  100
                                   10

                                    1
                                    1965   1970   1975   1980   1985   1990   1995   2000   2005
                                                                Year




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Areal density of magnetic storage devices




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Memory access times




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Important factor: Uneven rates of Moore’s laws



Microprocessors:    1.6x per year in speed

DRAMs:              1.6x per year in size

Hard Disks:         2x per year in size

Internet:           2x per year in traffic




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DTC’s Mission

• Promote communication and collaboration between the
  university, government, industry, and to serve as a point of
  entry into research and development partnerships.

• Create, promote, and coordinate cooperative
  interdisciplinary advanced technology initiatives
  between various university colleges and programs.

• Generate new ideas/learning and educate outstanding
  graduates who are prepared for the high technology
  industries of the 21st century.



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Facilities

$63.4M renovation of Walter Library was completed in late December
2001. The principal residents of the building are the Science and
Engineering Library, the Digital Technology Center, the Institute of
Technology Dean‟s Office, Academic and Distributed Computing (OIT),
and the Digital Media Center. The Digital Technology Center has
42,000 assignable square feet or approximately one-third of the space in
Walter Library.


The renovation focused on both the historical preservation of Walter
Library and the creation of a state-of-the-art technology center.




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     DTC Facilities continued
Currently the research programs are distributed as follows:
5th Floor Supercomputing Institute for Digital Simulation
           and Advanced Computation

4th Floor   Digital Technology Center Administration
            Computational Biology
            Databases and Datamining
            Graphics and Visualization
            Laboratory for Computational Science
             and Engineering
            Networks
            Digital Storage Research

1st Floor   Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Vision
            Digital Design Consortium
            Laboratory for Computational Science
             and Engineering

Basement Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Vision
         Supercomputing Institute
         Graphics and Visualization
         Networking
         Signal Processing and Wireless
         Digital Storage Research
         Usability Lab



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DTC Startup Resources and Gifts

Funding of the Walter Library Renovation Project
   • $64.3M Capital Investment by State of Minnesota for
               Walter Library renovation. Walter Library‟s
               principal residents are the Science and
               Engineering Library, the DTC, the IT Dean‟s
               Office, Academic and Distributed Computing,
               and the Digital Media Center

ADC Endowment Gift for DTC
  • Five $1M chairs
  • $2M endowment for graduate student fellowships


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DTC Startup Resources and Gifts continued

3M Gift for DTC
  • $1.1M in networking equipment

University Endowment for DTC
   • $1M chair from the Institute of Technology
   • $2M from the 21st Century Graduate Fellowship
     Endowment

State of Minnesota Funding for DTC
    • $2M in one-time seed funding for programmatic
      initiatives



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Research Areas and Interactions

        Digital Design        Computational Biology           Systems Recognition
         Consortium                                              & Verification
      Anderson (Arch)           Gao (Chemistry)              Hsu (CSE)
      Chen (CSE)                Grosberg (Physics)           Lilja (ECE)
      Interrante (CSE)          Kaznessis (CEMS)             Nadathur (CSE)
      Meyer (CSE)               Othmer (Mathematics)         Roychowdhury (ECE)
      Piotrowski (Arch)



   Graphics & Visualization   Databases, Datamining               Networks

      Chen (CSE)                Carlis (CSE)                 Du (CSE)
      Interrante (CSE)          Karypis (CSE)                Tewfik (ECE)
      Meyer (CSE)                                            Zhang (CSE)
      Woodward (LCSE)
      Sapiro (ECE
                                 AI, Robotics, and         Signal Processing, Wireless
           Storage                    Vision
                                  Gini (CSE)                   Giannakis (ECE)
       Du (CSE)                   Papanikolopoulos (CSE)       Ottesen (ECE/Rochester)
       Woodward (LCSE)            Voyles (CSE)                 Sidiropoulos (ECE)


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Consortiums and Resources
Digital Design Consortium --
Central mission is to further the discovery of new ways to use digital
information and communication to facilitate design, with an emphasis on
architecture, it will serve as a forum for:
  • developing tools that can visually portray the impact of design
    decisions on such issues as lighting, glare, air movement, thermal
         comfort, acoustics, perceived spaciousness, privacy, and
operational                          performance.
  • enabling researchers to understand when and how best to provide this
    critical information in the design process.

Funded through a gift from Ted and Linda Johnson.

Involves faculty and researchers from IT and the College of Architecture
and Landscape Architecture.

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Consortiums and Resources continued

  Grid Computing --
  Proposal to exploit the PCs and Macintoshes in the ADCS
  laboratory as a powerful data analysis and visualization engine
  for genomics and scientific visualization applications.

  Utilization of ADCS equipment during periods of low student
  usage will provide five-to- ten-fold increases in data storage
  capacity, bandwidth, datamining, processing power, and image
  rendering power.

  Investigators include: Woodward (LCSE), Du (CSE), Weissman
  (CSE), Retzel (AHC), and OIT




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Consortiums and Resources continued

Advanced Storage Consortium --

  • System level storage technology
  • DTC, the gateway for industry to utilize university researchers
  • Catalyst for MN industry and academic researchers in “intelligent”/
    advanced storage
  • Engage cross-communications within MN storage industry
  • Business focus via relationship with Carlson School of Management
    (CSOM)
  • Provide a venue to host special conferences
  • Model for other DTC Consortiums




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Consortiums and Resources continued

Usability Laboratory --

Will provide a state-of-the-art facility located in the basement of
Walter Library for University of Minnesota researchers and usability
professionals to conduct usability evaluations of information and
tasks presented to people via computer.

Partnership between the Office of Information Technology and the
Digital Technology Center:
  • OIT is providing the funds for the renovation, outfitting, and
    operation of the laboratory
  • DTC is providing space for the laboratory
  • Also involves CSE, Journalism, Rhetoric, and Kinesiology



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Select Research: Supercomputing Institute for
Digital Simulation and Advanced Computation
Donald G. Truhlar, Director -- Chemistry
 Provides high-performance computing resources and technical support
 to University of Minnesota faculty and their research collaborators.

 The Institute‟s resources are available to:

   • Faculty at the University of Minnesota and their research groups
   • Faculty researchers (and their research groups) at accredited
     institutions of higher education in Minnesota

 Resources currently include:

   • IBM SP and Regata P4 supercomputers
   • SGI Origin 200 and 3800 supercomputers



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Select Research: Laboratory for Computational
Science & Engineering (LCSE)
Paul Woodward – Astronomy and LCSE

                              • Principal mission is to enable
                                the interactive analysis and
                                visualization of multi-terabyte
                                data sets.
                              • Works with industry to develop
                                advanced technology in

                                1. Very high resolution display
                                   of digital data.
                                2. Very fast shared disk systems.
                                3. High performance parallel
                                   and distributed computing
                                   technology.




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Select Research: Graphics and Visualization
Gary Meyer – Computer Science and Engineering
                                Research investigating
                                • Physically based color synthesis
                                • Perceptually based color synthesis
                                • Device calibration and
                                  characterization

                                  Resulting in the ability to apply
                                  the principles of color science to
                                  obtain optimum color
                                  reproduction
                                  - monitor and printer
                                      calibration
                                  - color gamut visualization
                                      tool
                                  - image quality metrics

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Select Research: Computational Biology
Jiali Gao – Chemistry



Building and
analyzing
computer models
of biological
molecules to
understand
enzyme reactions
and design new
drugs.



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Select Research: System Recognition and Verification
Wei-Chung Hsu – Computer Science and Engineering



 Develops agile
 software to
 accurately move
 applications
 mounted on old
 systems onto new
 computer
 architecture.




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Select Research: Signal Processing and Wireless
Nikos Sidiropoulos – Electrical and Computer Engineering



  Signal processing
  research helps
  prioritize and control
  traffic on the Internet
  and wireless
  information
  networks.




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Select Research: AI, Robotics, and Vision
Nikos Papanikolopoulos, Maria Gini & Richard Voyles –
Computer Science and Engineering


Develop
distributed robots
with various
mobility and
sensory modes for
exploration of
structures in
urban
environments.



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Select Research: Databases and Datamining
George Karypis – Computer Science and Engineering


Datamining helps
us to effectively
analyze large
amounts of data to
extract valuable
knowledge and
understanding.




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DTC Affiliates/Consortium Programs


Proposed two-tier affiliate program:

   • General membership

   • Technology-focused consortia




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DTC Affiliates/Consortium Programs continued

Technology-focused consortia:

 • Activity focused in the technology area of interest to
   consortium members
 • Annual fee (to be determined)
 • Common Sponsors‟ Participation Agreement for all
   members
 • Participation in DTC student/faculty exchange programs
   („Residency Program‟)
 • Internal/External Boards to govern consortium

               For more information, or to join, contact:
                Dr. Jim Licari - jplicari@dtc.umn.edu


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