We are continually searching for ways to increase our efficiency wherever possible. One area where our efforts proved successful was our move to make products available electronically via our Web area (http://cdiac.esd.ornl.gov/) and our anonymous FTP area (cdiac.esd.ornl.gov/). By moving to electronic distribution, we cut publication and distribution costs, while reaching an expanding audience. The response to Web-accessible electronic publications and data has been tremendous. This response by our user community is exactly what we hoped to achieve.
The growth in electronic distribution, projections for continued growth in this area, the trend to larger data sets, and the resulting need to interactively subset data has established a clear need for a larger server and software to keep pace with user requests and computing demands. In response to this need, in FY 1999, we purchased and implemented a new
4-processor Sun Enterprise 450 server, doubled our redundant array of independent disks (RAID) storage capacity, purchased and implemented an automated digital linear tape (DLT) storage library to facilitate backup of our new RAID capacity, and upgraded our data management and analysis software to include
some exciting new products (e.g., SAS® IntrNet) to facilitate dynamic subsetting of data for electronic delivery. This new hardware/software configuration not only meets our present needs but also offers migration paths to accommodate future needs.
We also began upgrading our communications network. We completed hardware orders for the equipment necessary to move from fixed transmission rates to a fiber-based, switched system. This upgrade, to be completed in FY 2000, will result in a ten fold increase of our network throughput and much more efficient routing of network traffic. We are excited to be able to offer these enhancements to our user community and look forward to building upon our new foundation.
In addition to upgrading our computing infrastructure and performing routine computing activities, we had a busy year addressing Y2K concerns. We were constantly evaluating and reevaluating our software and hardware to ensure compliance with DOE and ORNL Y2K guidelines. As a result of Y2K guidelines, we installed a multitude of application and operating system upgrades and patches and are well prepared for the new millennium.