ELEC_ENG/COMP_ENG 395, 495: Technology Infrastructure: Concepts, Requirements, Design and Operation

This course is not currently offered.


ECE upper-class or graduate standing and approval of the instructor


Requirements of large-scale computer systems and networks; space, power, environmental control, operational software and security; planning, data centers, network operations centers, national and international regulations and practices.

INSTRUCTOR: Prof. Mort Rahimi

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Maintaining Mission Critical Systems in a 24/7 Environment, 2nd Edition, by Peter M. Curtis. ISBN: 978-0-470-65042-4

PURPOSE: Information technology boom will even be greater this century than the last. Much effort will continue to go into creation of IT applications and systems that will enrich our lives and increase our wealth. At the same time, our dependence on these systems and applications will grow requiring their constant availability, high performance and total security. Essential to our success will be our ability to provide reliable, efficient, and secure technology infrastructure to operate ever more complex and numerous systems.  In this course we cover the knowledge necessary to design, maintain and operate the infrastructure that is essential to deployment of present and future applications.

DESCRIPTION: For the purpose of this course, we divide the topic into three parts.  First, the components that once integrated will create the Infrastructure. Second, provide the services that operate the infrastructure and run applications. And, third, examine issues of importance to technology infrastructure management and operations.


1. Computers and switches Requirements

  1. Space and Ventilation
  2. Power and Heat

2. Power Sources

  1. Power Grid
  2. Local Power

3. Power Conditioning and Distribution

  1. UPS
  2. Redundancy and Backup

4. Heating, Ventilation, and air-conditioning

  1. Air Cooling
  2. Water Cooling

5. Fire Suppression

  1. Water
  2. Chemical

6. Wired Connections

  1. Coaxial Cable
  2. Twisted pair
  3. Optical Fiber

7. Wireless Connection

  1. Transmission Line
    1. Microwave
    2. Satellite
  2. Mobile
  1. Cellular
  2. WIFI

8. Security

  1. Physical Security
  2. System Security

9. Space and Location


1. Applications Services

  1. Run Application
  2. Monitor Application  Patching
  3. Monitor Application Security
  4. Provide status Dashboard to Application Owners
  5. Provide Development Tools
  6. Provide access to applications

2. Operations Services

  1. Run Infrastructure – Normal
  2. Detect,  report and correct abnormal Conditions
  3. Provide System Level Security
  4. Enforce Application Security Requirements
  5. Conduct back up operations


1. Management and Leadership

2. Scope

3. Knowledge-base

  1. Publications
  2. Research Report
  3. Conferences
  4. Vendors

4- Resources, Time and Quality

5- Responsibilities:

  1. Infrastructure
  2. Application owners
  3. End Users

6- Communication to Collaborate

7- Efficiency and Effectiveness

8- Decision Process

  1. Mathematical Modeling/management science (Operations Research)
  2. Decision Tree
  3. BPMN

9- Compliance

10- Feeding and caring of the Executives

11- Planning

DESIGN ASSIGNMENT:Design infrastructure for a company with three data centers located on three different continents.