On April 21 there was a 5 to 10 minute outage to all external sites starting around 12:15 pm. The UH-ITS router was rebooted.
On April 26, around 3:30 pm, our fiber cables along with some power cables were severed by a military helicopter along the Saddle Road, near the 18-mile marker. As a result all communications -- including voice and data -- to HP and the summit were lost. However, all services were restored around 9:30 pm. Most of the observatories were able to salvage half a night of observing.
On June 23, due to a faulty circuit, there were intermittent outages for the commodity network. Traffic was directed to a backup DS3 later that day. OC3 service was restored on June 24.
There is a small increase in the salary portion to cover the Union negotiated pay raise.
There is a small increase for travel and HP accomodation in case we want to go ahead with HP dormitory Internet wiring.
There is an increase in maintenance cost in anticipation of additional equipment for HP should we decide to go ahead with the Internet wiring.
Cost of the wiring and equipment is not in the budget
There is an increase of $445 per observatory over last year's budget.
For the upgrade of the common DS3 to 100Mbps Ethernet, UH-ITS is still pushing contract modification paperwork through purchasing. However, Pui Hin expects the order to be sent to Verizon within a week or so.
On the extension to MK, UH-ITS is in the middle of negotiations with a vendor to provide an initial Gigabit Ethernet service from Mauna Lani to Waimea and on to Hilo. Negotiations are also ongoing for additional services at costs.
Pui Hin has only heard from two observatories prior to the meeting and would like to hear from the rest. There was a discussion on other ways to share the cost. For example, in proportion to recent usage of the rooms. There was also a suggestion to wire up only some of the rooms but Pui Hin explained that would create problems for room assignment.
As everyone agreed we should go ahead with wiring the dormitory rooms -- even though there were differences in opinions on how to share the costs -- Pui Hin urged everyone to bring the matters up with their directors and let her know the official position of their organization.
For the outreach program, Gary Fujihara is organizing a separate video conference using the iChat AV and AOL AIM videochat.
Pui Hin invited all the observatories to join a testing session of the network on June 27 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. During that hour, Pui Hin hopes to create conditions on the network similar to what should occur during Deep Impact on the night of July 3rd by having as many observatories as possible connected to the MCU, Gary conducting the outreach conference on the Mac, and Pui Hin and Miranda generating other traffic through the network.