Bringing ACI to VCE Vblock Systems

first_imgThe ability to have dynamic network policy,  driven by applications and enabling seamless mobility, will significantly boost cloud administrator productivity in the modern data center.  Cloud administrators also have a desire for deep, real-time operational visibility into how the entire system is operating.  VCE introduced Vision Intelligent Operations software to provide converged visibility across compute, storage and network resources within a Vblock System.   This systems-based telemetry view has given VCE customers extensive visibility into the system resources and their correlation to each other.  As multiple Vblock Systems are networked together, understanding the state of network pathways interconnecting Vblock Systems is vital to facilitating workload movement and user access.   A Cisco ACI fabric enabled Vblock environment provides new levels of visibility through systems-based network telemetry, correlating information between network resources and providing a single network operations perspective.Customers deploying Vblock Systems with Cisco ACI will have application level visibility for tracking of end-point policies and system performance attributes for any application environment.  This visibility is first seen in individual ACI enabled Vblock Systems and extends to application environments running on multiple Vblock Systems.  The Cisco ACI Fabric provides health status for every physical or virtual network port,  every switch port buffer and every connection to any resource within a Vblock System or between Vblock Systems.  This new insight and its inclusion in the VCE Vision object model will enable new converged operations capabilities that will be incorporated in future VCE Vision software innovations.VCE Vision allows a broad management ecosystem of partners to consolidate their view of Vblock Systems with comprehensive context around how the constituent products have been integrated through VCE’s productization process.   In the Cisco ACI keynote VCE collaborated with Cisco to produce an initial use case in demonstrating the power of Cisco ACI in combination with converged infrastructure, specifically Vblock Systems.  I want to provide some more insight into our work regarding this use case.For the ACI keynote demo, we wanted to demonstrate how ACI-enabled Vblock Systems can facilitate entire application environment migrations from legacy infrastructure to Vblock Systems.  For the specific demonstration we used an existing SAP business warehouse, running on legacy infrastructure and ingested its application model into a Vnomic desired state controller.  VCE Vision Intelligent Operations provides the converged infrastructure object model for the destination ACI-enabled Vblock System.  Vnomic’s desired state controller then determined how best to provision the resources of the ACI-enabled Vblock System to accommodate the SAP business warehouse, and then performed provisioning and migration.  Because the Vblock System was ACI-enabled, end point groups were configured based on application landscapes.  These end point groups were then assigned appropriate security, quality of service and connectivity attributes.   As the Vnomic declarative state controller prepared to perform the migration it became possible to migrate physical endpoints to virtual endpoints as the network policy would be assigned to the endpoint no matter it’s ultimate physical or virtual state.   Once the SAP business warehouse was operational on the Vblock System, physical or virtual resources could be moved within a Vblock System or between multiple Vblock Systems operating within the ACI fabric. Cloud, Mobility and Big Data are driving a paradigm shift in the design, consumption and operation of IT infrastructure. Management models are shifting from component centric capabilities to providing a more comprehensive and holistic view of infrastructure resources.  Security is evolving from a perimeter defensive posture to highly adaptive capabilities across physical, virtual and cloud domains.VCE was formed to lead the IT infrastructure paradigm shift by developing, selling and supporting the Vblock System™, the worlds most advanced converged infrastructure.   At the heart of every Vblock System are networks, the means by which Vblock System resources connect and the means by which users gain access to the applications they serve. The application economy is driving demands on the network in the form of higher performance, workload mobility, multi-tenancy, load-balancing, security and automation.  These capabilities are implemented each day in the thousands of Vblock Systems that VCE has in operation throughout the world.   For our customers, VCE represents business agility with low risk, high performance with high availability, and simplified, secure operations with low total cost of ownership.   The coordinated provisioning and optimization of infrastructure resources for multiple types of applications is essential to realize world-class IT services.The emerging application economy has been limited by legacy IT architectures, as application performance is frequently predicated upon limitless bandwidth, while infrastructure resources are bandwidth constrained because they have limited visibility into application resource consumption dynamics.  A more comprehensive approach has been needed, one that abstracts the complexity of the underlying physical infrastructure from the cloud administrator.Together, VCE and Cisco’s Insieme Networks team have been working on a better path. As one of Cisco’s major venture investments, VCE is built on a technology foundation of Cisco Networking & Compute, EMC Storage & Data Protection, VMware Server Virtualization & Virtualization Management.Today, Cisco launches a new generation of Nexus offerings and their much anticipated Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), and VCE welcomes this portfolio of products that represent new powerful capabilities to be incorporated within Vblock Systems.  Cisco’s approach to paradigm shifts has always been to deliver architectural solutions that provide comprehensive capabilities, adapting to the many use cases encountered in a diverse world of customers.The ACI architecture delivers a transformational network operations model for next-generation Vblock Systems.  While a single Vblock System can scale to hundreds of compute devices, the application economy is driving customers to scale beyond thousands of compute devices.  In scaling to thousands of compute devices, customers require resource isolation into fault domains by deploying multiple Vblock Systems. Network pathways to support workload mobility within a Vblock System are inherent to the system.   Creating network pathways to support any workload moving to any Vblock System requires a new approach to networking.In an ACI fabric-enabled Vblock environment,  applications drive networking behavior.   Pre-defined Application Network Profiles become policy templates for how networking end-points communicate and how their networking attributes are operationalized.As application resources are moved, their network security, performance and connectivity attributes remain constant.  The connectivity, security, load-balancing and quality of service network attributes become an extensible policy model, allowing application administrators to define how they need the network to operate, and the network’s resources (physical or virtual) are abstracted and then operationalized.  The configuration of the network no longer consists of provisioning individual components on a box by box, virtual switch by virtual switch basis.  Instead, the network operates as a system with aggregated capabilities, instructed by a centralized policy entity called the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (Cisco APIC).   Cisco APIC enables Vblock Systems to have one network policy, extensible to every system and every workload, dynamically aware of the application’s networking requirements. Today’s announcement and first demonstration hints at the possibilities for agility and optimization of ACI-enabled Vblock Systems, combined with VCE Vision Intelligent Operations.  We are excited to continue our journey in bringing together new operating models that combine application and infrastructure intelligence. The technology world continues to rapidly change and there are points where new concepts are introduced that give way to a quantum advances in innovation. Cisco ACI is an important contribution to the state of the art in networking, and VCE is proud to bring Cisco’s networking leadership technologies to the world in our industry leading Vblock Systems.last_img read more

Dell XPS Continues to Get Better

first_imgXPS is designed to deliver the best computing experience on the planet whether you are a frequent business traveler, photographer, designer, virtual reality (VR) developer or college student. We know that you don’t want to compromise performance for portability (I know that I certainly don’t), and that you care about the detail that goes into your product’s design and craftmanship. You want the best of the best.We are listening to your needs and we continue to update the XPS line with new technologies, features and configurations, to make the best Windows PC line, Dell XPS, even better. Our continuous innovation has led to more than 400 XPS awards, the most award-winning product-line in Dell history, including “Best Notebook” for the XPS 13 by European Hardware Awards 2017 and a Computex d&i award 2017 for the XPS 13 2-in-1 last week.I’m excited to share with you some recent updates we have made to our XPS portfolio that keep with the tradition of delivering premium performance and design.XPS 13 2-in-1 – New Black Color and Sustainable Ocean Plastics PackagingI mentioned earlier that many people, including myself, do not want to deal with the challenge of compromising performance for portability. While constantly being on the road I need the ability to work from a plane, office, hotel or wherever I may be. The XPS 13 2-in-1 was designed to be the most versatile device on the market with all the benefits of a traditional notebook along with the flexibility to serve as your tablet in one beautiful device. The XPS 13 2-in-1 features many of the same great features of the XPS 13 notebook, including an InfinityEdge display that is touch enabled and long battery life. It’s thin, light, robust and incredibly mobile with true tablet functionality. Using its smooth 360 degree hinge design enables it to be setup in one of its four flexible positions so you can work from anywhere comfortably.The XPS 13 2-in-1 is currently offered in a silver machined aluminum color and today we are announcing it will be available in black to give our customers more options. You can order it on in the US or Japan or purchase it at select Best Buy stores in the US starting June 11.The new color option isn’t the only update to the XPS 13 2-in-1. As of April 30th, every XPS 13 2-in-1 ships with ocean plastics packaging. In 2017 alone, Dell will prevent 16,000 pounds of plastic from entering the ocean by using recycled plastics collected from waterways and beaches in the XPS 13 2-in-1 packaging tray and we plan to scale it to the rest of our XPS line and all Dell products soon. I live in Miami and spend a lot of team at the beach with my family so it makes me very proud of this work – especially knowing that Dell is the first in the industry to ship recycled ocean plastics packaging and has created a working group to address the issue at scale. To learn more visit 27 All-in-One Now Ready for VRAt CES this year, we launched the award-winning XPS 27 All-In-One. This system has stand out features including a vivid UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD touch display with the best the audio available in an all-in-one to provide an absolutely captivating experience. With its 10 speakers at up to 50W per channel, the Dell XPS 27 AIO blows away the competition and we’ve just upped the performance with the latest 7th generation Intel processors and AMD RX570 graphics card to make it “Ready for VR”, a truly uncompromised desktop. This product adds to Dell’s industry leading end-to-end VR solutions including the XPS Tower Special Edition.XPS Tower VR Updated with Intel Optane MemoryLast summer, we updated the XPS Towers with new design, power and expandability and we are continuing to add new technology to keep it top of the line, as you would expect from this lineup. Earlier this year we added Intel 7th gen processors and now we’re adding Intel Optane memory, a smart, adaptable system accelerator that makes your computer more responsive by memorizing your frequently used commands and programs for a faster, smoother, and easier user experience. Intel Optane memory accelerates opening and storing photos, videos, apps and games, reducing the time you spend waiting for your PC to respond to you. A hard drive plus 16GB of Intel Optane Memory performs up to 14 times faster than just a hard disk drive alone. The XPS Tower will offer Intel Optane starting June 22.To learn more about Dell XPS products, visit Dell.comlast_img read more

UN group says Sri Lanka virus cremation rule violates rights

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A group of U.N experts has criticized Sri Lanka’s requirement that those who die of COVID-19 be cremated, even it goes against a family’s religious beliefs, and warned that decisions based on “discrimination and aggressive nationalism” could incite hatred and violence. The experts, who are part of the Special Procedures of the U.N Human Rights Council, said in a statement Monday that rule amounts to a human rights violation. Sri Lanka introduced the rule in March, saying there was a risk that bodies with the coronavirus could contaminate the ground water if they were buried. The WHO as well as Sri Lankan medical groups have said that burial of those who died of COVID-19 is safe.last_img read more

UK police arrest another 9 people at asylum seekers’ camp

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Police in southeast England said that they have made a further nine arrests at a former army barracks, which has been used to house hundreds of asylum-seekers and where a suspected arson attack took place. Kent Police said in a statement Sunday that 14 people have now been arrested following a “disturbance” on Friday at the site in the coastal town of Folkestone, which saw windows smashed and a building set alight. Five men previously arrested in connection with the incident remain in custody. One of them, 31-year-old Mohammed Ali, has been charged “with assault by beating, using or threatening unlawful violence and criminal damage.” He is due to appear in court on Monday.last_img read more

Ex-officers could face criminal charges over racist video

first_imgHAMILTON, Ga. (AP) — A western Georgia prosecutor says he’ll seek to indict a former police chief and officer for violating their oaths of office. Body camera footage showed Hamilton Police Chief Gene Allmond and Sgt. John Brooks making racists comments before a Black Lives Matter march in June. The two resigned Jan. 25 after an employee discovered the footage and showed it to officials. District Attorney Mark Jones tells news outlets he believes the comments violate the oaths of office the two men took as police officers. That’s a felony in Georgia. Jones says a grand jury in May could decide on charges. The prosecutor says he wants to block Allmond and Brooks from being rehired as officers.last_img read more

Group discusses Mod Quad lights

first_imgIn an effort to increase student safety on campus, members of the Campus Life Council (CLC) discussed the possibility of putting additional lighting on Mod Quad during their meeting Monday afternoon. Student body chief of staff Claire Sokas said she hopes the project is one the University can begin to work on over Christmas break. “We’ll be gone for over a month then,” Sokas said. “That’s something that could potentially be taken care of by the time we come back for the spring semester.” Sokas said the CLC safety subcommittee has also discussed printing a map of off-campus student housing, especially for students venturing off on the weekends. “This can give students an idea of how far off campus they are and if it is or isn’t a good idea to walk home,” she said. Student body president Pat McCormick also reminded students to be mindful of safety during the end of the semester and Christmas break. McCormick said students living off campus should set alarms while away from their homes if possible during the break. He encouraged students to make use of the NDSP safe room, where they can store valuables over the break. Diversity Council representative Alexa Arastoo said her subcommittee has also discussed the meaning of inclusion and how it applies to Notre Dame students. “There are two types of inclusion,” she said. “One is about students who feel like they don’t fit on campus and how we can make them feel more included. The other is about inclusion amongst the different groups here on campus.” In this spirit of inclusion, Arastoo said her CLC subcommittee is working on the possibility of putting a Virgin of Guadalupe statue on campus to reach out to the Latino student population. “The first step in that process is contacting the University architect,” Arastoo said. “So that’s something we would really like to get the ball rolling on and to have the backing of the entire CLC on.”last_img read more

University hires digital officer

first_imgAmong several technology-based initiatives in the works for next year, the University created a new position called chief academic digital officer to promote digital learning and appointed Elliott Visconsi to fill the position, according to a University press release.   Visconsi, associate professor of English and concurrent associate professor of law, said he will work to guide and support students and faculty in technology research, investment and application. “What we are trying to do is figure out [is] how do we integrate digital tools into our overall educational mission?” Visconsi said. “How do we integrate these things in a meaningful way that doesn’t demote the quality of the student experience, that enhances the bond between students and faculty?” The need for this position comes as the University explores the role of digital tools in higher education, University provost Thomas  Burish said in the press release. “Online learning and the digital academic environment in higher education have been growing and developing rapidly over the past decade, and the potential advantages and pitfalls for the higher education industry and institutions like Notre Dame are both enormous and complex,” Burish said. Visconsi said he envisions a digital strategy that “will expand the campus a little bit and give people newer options that are non-competitive with the options on campus,” he said. Visconsi said his goals for the coming academic year include promoting and facilitating student engagement with digital media and technology, assisting with the increased use of digital tools by faculty and expanding Notre Dame’s involvement with digital solutions, particularly through expanded online course offerings. “At the end of the day, what we’re trying to do with this job is really build an integrated University-wide strategy that is always going to put quality at the very forefront,” he said. “We must protect the quality of the student experience, we must protect the quality of the faculty experience and use these tools as enhancements to get people further into the curriculum.” Students who create digital solutions to existing problems might benefit from the new digital initiatives through increased University support, Visconsi said. Incentives for innovation may include grants, prizes or general recognition, he said. “There’s so much we can do to harness the creativity and energies of students,” he said. Visconsi said he also hopes to see cutting-edge technologies find a physical home at Notre Dame. “I would like to put student creativity and energy to work potentially in the form of something you’d call an innovation lab, meaning a hub or a space where students can come at all hours, where there are certain kinds of hardware [like] 3-D printers and fancy technology that would be a gathering space,” he said. The space could also support visitors from corporations like Microsoft and sponsor events discussing digital solutions, Visconsi said. In addition, he said hopes to foster connections among students in a variety of fields sharing a common interest in digital strategies. Visconsi’s resume and academic research focus primarily on literature and law during the 17th and 18th centuries. He developed an iPad app called “The Tempest for iPad” to give users an immersive experience into the Shakespeare play, an experience he said offered him more insight into digital media. “What is literary studies but a subset of the analysis of mediation? We can think in really historical, philosophical or ethical ways about the relationship between form and content,” he said. Ultimately, Visconsi said he hopes new digital strategies will complement Notre Dame’s pre-existing academic ideals. “The most importantly social network that we will ever build is the network between faculty and students, the personal connection,” he said. “That is the core of what we’re trying to offer as a University. These digital tools are not meant to replace that effort but to enhance it.” Contact Lesley Stevenson at lsteven1@nd.edulast_img read more

‘A more qualified pool than ever before’

first_imgTags: Admissions, class of 2018, First Year of Studies, Office of Undergraduate Admissions A record number of high-achieving applicants fought for admission to the University this year, illustrating Notre Dame’s increasing selectivity and marking this particular class as “a more qualified pool than ever before,” Don Bishop, associate vice president for undergraduate enrollment, said. Keri O’Mara | The Observer “We had 17,897 [applications], and what was more interesting than just that number was there was about a 15 percent increase in the highest ability applicants, and by highest ability they would rate in the top two percent of the nation in accomplishment by national testing standards, by class performance,” Bishop said.Bob Mundy, director of admissions, said the number of highly qualified applicants rose independently of the total number of applications.“That increase in the applicant pool was only about one and a half percent,” Mundy said. “So it’s a disproportionate jump.”Bishop said the Office of Undergraduate Admissions strives to fulfill a freshmen enrollment goal of 1,985 to 2,000 freshmen. He said the dramatic increase in highly qualified applicants allows for the Office of Admissions’ to have increasing selectivity in choosing among the nation’s brightest high school seniors.“We were about 20 percent more selective this year,” Bishop said. “… We had 6,300 applicants out of that 17,897 … that were in the top one percent in the nation in either their high school class performance and/or their national testing, many of them both.“Less than half of those students gained admission. So when you have that sort of talent, you have to look at other factors.”The “higher profile” of the applicant pool not only permitted but also forced admissions counselors to consider factors beyond a student’s test scores to create the most “well-rounded” class, Bishop said.“We are using the test scores less,” he said. “If you look at four years ago compared to today, there’s a significant increase in our willingness to look beyond, and the reason being is we’re getting so many high numbers that they’re now so high … to distinguish between this score and that score is not very meaningful.”The expanding applicant pool and its strong qualifications also offers the Office of Undergraduate Admissions a “growing opportunity” to partner with faculty and administrators to recruit a class of students that will serve the University and ultimately the world, Bishop said.“With our selection process, with this elevated pool, we’re able to make those distinctions more directly as we review the applicants,” he said.Bishop said admissions counselors focused on four main goals throughout the process: to increase socioeconomic, cultural, racial and intellectual diversity, to expand outreach to international students, to enhance the quality of the application pool and to foster creative selections by considering an “EQ,” or “emotional quotient.”“The emotional quotient, the potential for leadership and service to others, maintains Notre Dame’s focus on what sort of students will have the most impact in the world if they use their Notre Dame degree properly for impactful values that Notre Dame believes in,” Bishop said. “This desire for Notre Dame to be one of the major forces for good in the world is what we want.”Erin Rice | The Observer Bishop said Notre Dame’s “core mission value” of selecting students who will be impacted by the University and then in turn impact the world makes Notre Dame unique among the nation’s top 20 private institutions.“At other universities, there are a lot of students that believe in those things, but there’s not necessarily considered core to that university experience,” he said. “It’s not a transformational goal of the other universities, whereas here, we’re looking to transform students to be highly energetic, not only towards the intellectual but what impact are they going to have?”Factors admissions counselors might consider beyond test scores include extraordinary talents, dedication to extracurricular activities and motivation to succeed in a particular field or with challenging coursework, Mundy said. He said more than 40 application readers try to project how a student would enhance the Notre Dame community and continue to further the University’s mission after graduation.“I think what the staff’s been able to do is find the students [about] who they say, ‘The way this student is currently living [his or her] life really seems to mesh well with the values that we feel make this place so special,’” he said.Mundy said the staff members in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions look forward to welcoming admitted students to campus this month.“This time of year we literally come off this real grinding selection period or evaluation period, and there’s always just this immediate burst of excitement as you start to meet some of these admitted students,” he said. “These are the students who are going to shape this place for the coming years.“You just meet one or two of these students, and you just feel good again. I’m really excited about this class in so many ways.”last_img read more

Grad student attends global math forum

first_imgTags: Forum, graduate student, Heidelberg, mathematics, Notre Dame A Notre Dame graduate student traveled to Heidelberg, Germany as part of the first-ever American delegation to the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), which unites mathematics and computer science students and researchers with world-renowned laureates.Renato Ghini Bettiol joined with 19 other students and postdoctoral researchers from the United States in the forum, which took place Sept. 21-26. Bettiol received his bachelor and masters of science from the University of São Paulo in 2008 and 2010, respectively, and his second masters of science from Notre Dame in 2012. He is currently working towards his doctorate, which he is slated to receive in the spring of 2015.“I work in differential geometry,” Bettiol said. “My work mainly focuses on how curvature — especially positive curvature, like that of spheres — interacts with the global shape of an object. I also work on geometric variational problems, which involve optimizing certain geometric quantities with certain constraints.”Bettiol, a native of Brazil, said he came across the HLF through two avenues, both here in the U.S. and back in his home country.“I initially heard about the HLF via the Brazilian Mathematical Society,” Bettiol said. “…  After I heard about the HLF from them, I was also contacted by the director of graduate studies at the Mathematics Department, professor Julia Knight, who mentioned that ND could suggest a name to be part of the American delegation to the forum. By then, I had already submitted my application to the HLF and was later accepted. The application process selected 200 young researchers to attend, 100 from computer science and 100 from mathematics, from an initial poll of about 2000 applicants worldwide.”Because the HLF brings together established professionals who are well-respected and well-known in their fields, students and postdoctoral participants have an unmatched opportunity to speak with the people whose research they study, Bettiol said.“This is the second time this event [has been] held, and I got very excited about it when reading about the first one last year,” Bettiol said. “Some of the most brilliant minds of our times gather to meet new generations of researchers and pass their experience. My hope was to drink from their fountain of knowledge, not only on the scientific side, but also on their personal impressions about mathematics and their general world view.”Karsten Grove, Bettiol’s advisor and a professor of mathematics, said, Bettiol stands out among math students at Notre Dame.“Renato Bettiol is indeed an exceptional and brilliant student of mine with a remarkable record already and a most promising future,” Grove said. “Aside from strength and talent, he has an open mind and communicates very well with others. I cannot think of anyone more fitting and deserving of this honor.”Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and the National Science Foundation sponsored the American delegation, according to an ORAU press release. Rettiol said professional participants included famous mathematicians whose work has greatly impacted modern society.“The HLF was an amazing experience, all of the participants felt like we were some sort of celebrity, which is a rare phenomenon for those of us working in basic sciences,” Rettiol said. “It was a very exclusive event, with body guards with ear pieces and all, not the standard sight in a math conference.“In the morning there were talks by the laureates, and in the afternoon we had opportunities for informal interactions with the laureates and among ourselves, including a boat trip on the Neckar river, and various other activities. We also had some panel discussions and workshops, in which we discussed how mathematics and computer science can be used to help developing countries.“We had participants from Niger, Ecuador, Bangladesh and India share their experiences, and then a lot of interaction between the audience and panelists, which also included as moderators Ingrid Daubechies, president of the International Mathematical Union, and Vint Cerf, currently working at Google and one of the inventors of the Internet. Coming from Brazil, where mathematics is now growing at an amazingly fast pace, … I value very much this interest of distinguished scientists and organizations in helping the development of nations through science and education.”Bettiol said his experience as student from Brazil contributed to the discussion on mathematics in an international context. He said discussions also focused on new ways to use math to improve global society.“I do believe that this is a fundamental way in which all of us in scientific fields can help build a better and more rational world together, based in science and knowledge,” Bettiol said. “Many of the laureates at the event visit developing nations on a regular basis where they hold courses for university professors trying to increase their scientific levels. I was very happy to learn about this and contribute my views on how Brazil, in particular, can profit from such opportunities.”Participants in the forum benefitted immensely from the professional development and personal interaction the forum provided them, Bettiol said.“Interacting with Laureates that are world references in my area was a profound and transformative experience, and I am sure that I speak for most of the participants at the HLF,” Bettiol said. “I have strong hopes that this meeting, though still in its second edition, will become a tradition and help develop interest for mathematics and computer science as well as increase its appreciation by society as a whole.“We mathematicians don’t always have the ‘cool factor’ that many other scientists … enjoy from society and the media, but there are plenty of reasons to tell the world about the astonishing beauty of mathematics, which can — and should — be appreciated by all of us.”last_img read more

Lawsuit against ND claims Snite display contains stolen art

first_imgA Pittsburgh man filed a lawsuit against Notre Dame, claiming the University’s Snite Museum of Art owns $575,000 worth of his father’s early-American art collection, which was stolen more than two decades ago, according to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.Scott Leff said he learned in 2015 that the University had purchased his father’s collection of several hundred figurines from a dealer in New Mexico in 2005, who allegedly bought it from his father’s ex-wife, according to the Post-Gazette.According to the article, the suit claims the ex-wife of Jay Leff — Scott’s father — pilfered part of his collection in 1996, when the couple divorced. Jay Leff died in 2000 at age 75.Leff and his wife filed suit in a Pittsburgh court last month, and the case was transferred to federal court this week, according to the article. He is seeking the return of the art.University spokesperson Dennis Brown told the Post-Gazette that Notre Dame acquired the figurines in good faith and is “confident in its ownership of full rightful title” to them.In a written statement, Notre Dame lawyers said Leff has no proof of ownership and made no effort to recover the art for the past 20 years, according to the Post-Gazette.Tags: lawsuit, Snite Museum of Art, stolen artlast_img read more