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CSG Workshops and Business Meeting Agenda

Virtual Meeting
19-21 May, 2021

Wednesday:  CSG Short Workshops

All times ET

12:00 Welcome & Conference Introduction (Sarah Christen, Charles Antonelli)
12:05 CSG Short Workshop:  Service Funding and Costing Models
Coordinators: Jim Phelps (UWash), Ben Rota (Harvard), Katie Rose (ND), Alok Vimawala (UMich), Sarah Christen (Cornell), Jody Couch (Berkeley), Erik Hofer (UWash), and Erik Lundberg (UWash)
Please see Addendum A for the detailed agenda.
1:45 Break
CSG Short Workshop:  Central IT Supporting Specialized Services
Coordinators: Orrie Gartner (CU Boulder), Alok Vimawala (UMich), Tracy Weber (ND), Tom Lewis (UWash), Trey Marshall (CMU), and Becky Joffrey (Cornell)
Please see Addendum B for the detailed agenda.

Wednesday: CSG Social Hour, 4:00 - 5:00 PM (BYOB)

Thursday:  CSG Short Workshops

11:00 - 12:00
Steering Committee Meeting
CSG Short Workshop: Research Computing: state of the art
Coordinators:  Mark McCahill (Duke), Bob Settlage (VT), Chris Hoffman (Berkeley), Klara Jelinkova (Rice), Erik Lundberg (UWash), Scott Kirner & Tony Rimovsky (ND), and Stratos Efstathiadis (NYU)
Please see Addendum C for the detailed agenda.
1:45 Break
CSG Short Workshop:  Campus Cellular
Coordinator: Scott Midkiff (VT), Jim Jokl (UVa), Dave Browne (Berkeley), Neil Brown (UNL), and Bob Johnson (Duke)
Please see Addendum D for the detailed agenda.

: CSG Social Hour, 7:00 - 8:00 PM (BYOB)

Friday: CSG Business Meeting

12:00 I. Organizational Issues (CSG Coordinator)
  1. Steering/Membership Committee Issues (Christen)
  2. Treasurer's Report (Fleagle)
  3. Logistics for Next Meeting (Antonelli)
  4. Venues and Dates for Future CSG Meetings (Antonelli)
    Please see
    for the current list.
  5. CSG Secretariat Renewal (Christen)
II. Short Slots and Breaking News (CSG Coordinator)
Workshop Summaries (:05)
Consortial Updates (:20)
III. Timely Topics and Gossip (Christen)
Topics TBA
IV. Topic Selection for Next Meeting (Jelinkova)
2:00 Break
2:30 V. Short Discussion:  What? No Parade? Maintaining a sense of purpose among IT Staff as the pandemic winds down
Coordinators: Erik Hofer (UWash), Jody Couch (Berkeley), Becky Joffrey (Cornell), Jen Vizas (Duke), Klara Jelinkova (Rice), and Annie Merkle (NYU)
VI. Short Discussion:  AI/ML for the rest of us
Coordinators: Oren Sreebny (Stone Fellow / Internet2), Tom Lewis (UWash), Mark McCahill (Duke), and Phoebe Johnson (UMN)
4:30 Adjourn

Addendum A:
Short Workshop:  Service Funding and Costing Models
Detailed Agenda


Time What Who
12:05 PM EST Kick-Off / Session Opening
Glossary Review
12:10 - 12: 30 How did we get here:
  • Magical Thinking
  • ECON 101
Sarah C with Erik H
Jody C with Ben
12:30 - 12:40 Discussion Part 1 Ben R
12:40 - 1:10 The Survey Results
  • The disconnects, patterns, overlaps
  • Where should ____ be? Why?
Erik L
1:10 - 1:40 Discussion Part 2
  • Patterns and Trends
  • Impacts of big financial trends / where is this driving you
Erik L
1:40 1:45 PM Best Practices, Trends Jim

Addendum B:
Short Workshop:  Central IT Supporting Specialized Services
Detailed Agenda

2020 was the year of aggressive consolidation. Now central IT is supporting or being asked to support specialized services in addition to its traditional core (ERP, LMS, etc) applications. Does doing more for the institution in terms of supporting specialized services position IT to be more strategic and valuable or does it weaken our value and dilute our focus? Is central IT best positioned to support specialized applications for units? What do you consider when determining if you should support specialized applications? Who is asking for custom development and what are you providing? How do you scale support?


Addendum C:
Short Workshop:  Research Computing: state of the art
Detailed Agenda

time topic presenter
12:00 - 12:15 Survey results Mark McCahill
12:15 - 12:30 VDI, compliance Brandon Rich
12:30 - 12:45 Research data storage Tony Rimovsky
12:45 - 1:00 Cloud bursting Charley Kneifel
1:00 - 1:15 ML/AI support challenges Klara Jelinkova
1:15 - 1:30 Making the case to grow research compute staffing/infrastructure Stratos Efstathiadis
1:30 - 1:45 Staffing, skills, and training Erik Lundberg

Addendum D:
Short Workshop:  Campus Cellular
Detailed Agenda

2:15-2:30 pm Introduction and highlights of survey results (Scott Midkiff, Virginia Tech)
2:30-2:55 pm Panel I: Past and current state - DAS, cellular on campus, and more (David Browne, UC Berkeley, moderator; Richard Hach, Virginia Tech; Bob Johnson, Duke; Gladys Oddoye, UC Berkeley; Larry Steiger, Nebraska)
2:55-3:20 pm Panel II: Futures - Wi-Fi 6, CBRS, 5G, Wi-Fi calling, Future of "DAS", researcher needs (Jack Brassil, Princeton, moderator; Glenn Rodrigues, Colorado; Steve Lee, Virginia Tech; Jim Jokl, Virginia; Isaac Orr, UC Berkeley)
3:20-3:40 pm Internet2 Future Wireless Working Group (Jay Dominick, Princeton)
3:40-4:00 pm Open discussion