New York University Faculty of Arts and Science College of Arts and Science Graduate School of Arts and Science

Planned Power Outage

Courant is coordinating with ITS to schedule a power outage in the Warren Weaver Hall data center for electrical work related to the installation of new UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) systems, which will provide emergency backup power to the entire data center. The outage will be substantial, lasting approximately 16-24 hours, during which time Courant's primary system and network services in Warren Weaver Hall will be unavailable. At this time, the proposed target date for the outage is Saturday, June 22nd, 2013. We will know more about specific timing as planning progresses.

This work must be scheduled for this summer, as the current UPS infrastructure for the data center is both obsolete and inadequate. Because this data center serves as the hub of Courant's computing and network services, the impact of this outage will be significant, but so will the benefits, though the objective is that users will never be aware of them.

During the outage:

While Courant's primary file and mail servers will be unavailable, and network connectivity throughout Warren Weaver Hall, both wired and wireless, will be out of commission, systems and network connectivity at 715/719 Broadway will remain available.

To minimize the impact of the outage on our community, fail-over equipment housed in 715 Broadway will be used to keep CIMS, Math, CS and research web services on-line, as well as to provide "read only" access to files and mail, enabling users to continue working using alternative storage space, either on their personal computers or temporary disk space Courant will provide.

After the Outage:

Following this initial phase of the work, a second outage of CIMS equipment will need to be planned for a later date to connect our circuit panels to the new UPS systems. This subsequent outage will be considerably shorter in duration than the first.

At present, we have limited backup power capacity protecting only our critical servers and disk systems. Once the transition is completed, however, this protection will extend to secondary services and computing resources, protecting long-running jobs and generally enabling us to withstand planned and unplanned power disruptions lasting as long as 15-30 minutes. The most practical advantage of this is that it will ensure smooth transitions between Con Edison and NYU Co-gen power in cases when such transfers are necessary.