The trustees met on 4 and 5 April 2019 on the Bloomington campus, with Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities Thomas A. Morrison presenting the requests.
A $12 million project to upgrade and expand the electrical and cooling infrastructure serving the Data Center on the Bloomington campus was approved. The Data Center provides space and infrastructure for computing technology services for all Indiana University campuses via the statewide I-Light optical fiber network, including enterprise technology systems and servers as well as research and scholarly high-performance supercomputers like Big Red II+.
This project will include enhancements to the overall reliability and back-up capabilities of the Data Center's infrastructure, particularly in the event of a power failure and during equipment maintenance, while also increasing electrical and cooling capacity. Updates will include equipment such as power distribution units and electrical panels, an uninterrupted power supply, emergency power supplies, computer room air handling units with related controls and mechanical distribution systems and a generator, a chiller and water-to-water heat exchangers to create a new liquid cooling direct-to-server chip loop. These upgrades also will position IU to be extremely competitive for advanced research computing initiatives.
"In its first decade of use, the IU Bloomington Data Center has been an amazing asset for all IU campuses", stated Bradley C. Wheeler, vice president for information technology and chief information officer. "These needed upgrades, along with the already completed 100 Gigabit I-Light fiber optic network across the state to all IU campuses, will enable the Data Center to do even more as IU competes at the highest levels for federal research supercomputing contracts and grants."