Strongly pursue resolution of the location of the operations phase US DF. This decision lies in the critical path for Data Production, and critical decisions and risk mitigation cannot proceed without this decision.
Develop a detailed schedule and cost impact estimatefor the projected (April 2021) delay in the resolution of the US DF. Provide guidance forpossibility of additional 6 month delay.
Develop a plan for start of Data Production with the currently projected delays due Covid-19, and potential construction project re-baselining. This plan should include schedule and cost impact estimates for an additional 6 month delay beyond the current projected baseline.
Expand staffing level validationsto include additional comparisons data production projects of similar size.
Re-evaluate staffing levels in the Middleware and Algorithms teams for the second half of the survey and consider maintaining these teams at full strengths.
Develop strategies to retain expertise from the construction project as personnel funding shifts from NSF to DOE
Increase the sophistication of the storage and compute sizing models by including projectedevolution of the processing power, decreased processing core costs, and evolution of algorithm sophistication. Potential models for investigating these trends can include historical trends observed over decade-long data production projects (Gaia, FERMI, LHC etc).
Recommendations for System Performance:
Consider strengthening the Verification and Validation team by the addition of a software engineer who would work on incorporating state-of-the-art techniques (e.g. machine learning) for a software solution that enables quick diagnosis of problems and scales well with time and data.[Report on this by October 2020]
Consider the addition of 1-2 additional FTE within the Community Engagement Team (CET) given its broad scope and for better coverage of the science goals. The success of the Community Engagement Team is key for maximizing the publication of scientific results on the four Rubin pillars as well as for uncovering potentially new territory.[Report on this by October 2020]
There was no mention of cybersecurity at this review (cf Director's Review, a few weeks ago).
There was some confusion in science collaborations about requests that went out from Bob/PST/someone about cybersecurity. But “no long term harm done”.