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Best Student Paper Award

Henrique Rodrigues, a Ph.D. student in computer science at the University of California, San Diego, who is working with ESnet, won the best student paper award for “Traffic Optimization in Multi-Layered WANs using SDN” at the Hot Interconnects conference held Aug. 26-28 in Mountain View, Calif. Known formally as the 2014 IEEE 22nd Annual Symposium on High-Performance Interconnects, Hot Interconnects is the premier international forum for researchers and developers of state-of-the-art hardware and software architectures and implementations for interconnection networks of all scales.

Scholarship for Scientific Excellence

Katarzyna (Kate) Odziomek, a student from Poland working with CRD’s Maciej Haranczyk under the EU-funded NanoBridges program, won the Chemical Information section (CINF) Scholarship for Scientific Excellence at the 2014 American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition held Aug. 10-14 in San Francisco. Odziomek won for her presentation of the poster “Toward quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) models for nanoparticles,” on which CRD’s Daniela Ushizima and Haranczyk, and Tomasz Puzyn of the University of Gdansk, Poland, were co-authors.

Invited Talk

NERSC Director Sudip Dosanjh gave an invited talk about exascale computing on June 5 at the Digital Automation Conference (DAC) held June 1-5 in San Francisco. In his talk, entitled "On the Confluence of Exascale and Big Data," Dosanjh told DAC attendees that big data and exascale computing are closely linked, saying it will only be possible to accelerate scientific discovery if we bring together the high performance computing and big data communities.

Keynote Address

NERSC Chief Technologist John Shalf gave a keynote address on "Parellel Computing Trends for the Coming Decade" at the 15th IEEE International Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Scientific and Engineering Computing held May 23 in Phoenix.

Invited Talk

Sherry Li, a member of CRD’s Scientific Computing Group,gave a talk on “Towards an optimal-order approximate sparse factorization exploiting hierarchically semi-separable structure” at the Second Scalable Hierarchical Algorithms for eXtreme Computing (SHAXC-2) workshop. The workshop was held May 4-6 will be held at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.

Algorithm Competition

Daniela Ushizima of CRD’s Visualization Group was the lead author of the winning entry in the algorithm and software competition for segmentation of occluded cells at the 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI) held April 29-May 2, 2014 in Beijing, China. Ushizima’s entry won for being the fastest and most accurate. ISBI is a joint initiative of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and IEEE Signal Processing Society.

Invited Talks

ESnet Director Greg Bell and ESnet Chief Technologist Inder Monga were among the invited speakers at the 2014 ON*VECTOR Workshop sponsored by NTT Network Innovation Laboratories. The workshop, hosted by the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at UC San Diego, was held Wednesday and Thursday, March 5-6. The annual, by-invitation-only workshop brings together leading networking experts from the research community and industry. In a session covering 40/100 Gbps networking, Bell discussed ESnet’s 100G Transatlantic Testbed Architecture. As part of a session on next-generation architectures, Monga gave a summary of the report from a workshop he organized on behalf of the National Science Foundation on software defined networking.

Keynote Address

ESnet Director Greg Bell delivered the keynote at “Networking for Discovery,” a one-day program organized by Government Computer News, Federal Computer Week and Ciena that is targeted at government network providers and IT staff. The event was held Thursday, Feb. 20, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.


Keynote Speaker

NERSC Director Sudip Dosanjh discussed “On the Confluence of Exascale and Big Data” in a keynote talk delivered Friday, Sept. 13, at ParCo 2013, the International Conference on Parallel Computing. The four-day conference, started in 1983, was held at the Technical University of Munich, home of the Leibniz Supercomputing Center.

Keynote Speaker

Kathy Yelick, Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences, "Antisocial Parallelism: Avoiding, Hiding and Managing Communication," PPoPP'13, the 18th ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming, Shenzhen, China, February 2013.


Invited Speaker

Ann Almgren, "Low Mach Number Models in Computational Astrophysics," SC12 Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 2012.

Invited Speaker

Greg Bell, "Network as Instrument: the View from Berkeley," 2012 CANARIE Users' Forum, Quebec, Canada, November 2012. 2012 NORDUnet conference, Oslo, Norway, September, 2012.

Keynote Speaker

Greg Bell, "Network as Instrument: the View from Berkeley," 2012 NORDUnet conference, Oslo, Norway, September, 2012.

Keynote Speaker

Kathy Yelick, "Magellan: A Study in Cloud Computing for Science," 24thSystems and Software Technology Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 2012..

Invited Speaker

Kathy Yelick, "More and Moore: Growing Computing Performance for Scientific Discovery," Symposium on 20th anniversary of the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program, Washington, D.C., February 2012.

Best Paper in History of HPDC Conference

John Shalf (with Gabrielle Allen, Werner Benger, Tom Goodale, Hans-Christian Hege, Gerd Lanfermann, André Merzky, Thomas Radke and Edward Seidel),"The Cactus Code: A Problem Solving Environment for the Grid," selected as one of the top papers in the 20 years of publications from HPDC, the International ACM Symposium on High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing.

Plenary Invited Speaker

Maciej Haranczyk, "In Silico Design of Carbon Capture Materials," Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Intelligent Processing Symposium and Workshop (CIPS 2012), Melbourne, Australia, May 2012.


Best Paper Award

Scott Campbell, Berkeley Lab/NERSC, "Local System Security via SSHD Instrumentation," USENIX LISA '11: 25th Large Installation System Administration Conference, Boston, December 2011.

Best Paper Award

Devarshi Ghoshal, Indiana University; and Shane Canon and Lavanya Ramakrishnan, Berkeley Lab/NERSC, "I/O Performance of Virtualized Cloud Environments," The Second International Workshop on Data Intensive Computing in the Clouds (DataCloud-SC11), Seattle, November 2011.

Best Paper Award

Khaled Ibrahim, Steven Hofmeyr and Costin Iancu, "Characterizing the Performance of Parallel Applications on Multi-Socket Virtual Machines," CCGRID'11, the IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing 2011.


Best Paper Award

Keith R. Jackson, Lavanya Ramakrishnan, Krishna Muriki, Shane Canon, Shreyas Cholia, John Shalf Harvey J. Wasserman, and Nicholas J. Wright, "Performance Analysis of High Performance Computing Applications on the Amazon Web Services Cloud," IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science (CloudCom 2010), Bloomington, Ind., Nov. 30-Dec.1, 2010.

Invited Speaker (Masterworks Series)

Phil Colella, “High-End Computing and Climate Modeling: Future Trends and Prospects,” SC 10, the ACM-IEEE conference on high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, New Orleans, La., November 2010.

Keynote Speaker

Katherine Yelick, “Science in the Clouds: The View from Berkeley,” ISC Cloud '10 conference, Frankfurt, Germany, October 2010.

Keynote Speaker

Katherine Yelick, "Paving the Road to Exascale Computing," 39th International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP 2010), San Diego, Calif., September 2010.

Best Paper Award

Keith Jackson, Lavanya Ramakrishnan, Karl Runge (Physics) and Rollin Thomas, “Seeking Supernovae in the Clouds: A Performance Study,” ScienceCloud 2010, the 1st Workshop on Scientific Cloud Computing, Chicago, Ill., June 2010.

Best Paper Award

Mark Howison, E. Wes Bethel and Hank Childs, “MPI-hybrid Parallelism for Volume Rendering on Large, Multi-core Systems,” Eurographics Symposium on Parallel Graphics and Visualization (EGPGV'10), Norrköping, Sweden, May 2010.

Best Paper Award

Alice Koniges, Robert Preissl and Jihan Kim (with David Eder, Aaron Fisher, Nathan Masters, and Velimir Mlaker, LLNL; Stephane Ethier and Weixing Wang, PPPL; Martin Head-Gordon, LBNL; and Nathan Wichmann, Cray Inc., "Application Acceleration on Current and Future Cray Platforms," CUG 2010, the Cray User Group meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland, May 2010.


Best Paper Award

Shoaib Kamil, Cy Chan, Samuel Williams, Lenny Oliker, John Shalf, Mark Howison, E. Wes Bethel, Prabhat, “A Generalized Framework for Auto-tuning Stencil Computations,” Cray User Group Conference, Atlanta, GA, May 2009.

Keynote Speaker

Leonid Oliker, “Green Flash: Designing an Energy Efficient Climate Supercomputer” IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS’09), Rome, Italy, May 2009.

Most Entertaining Talk

David Bailey and Jonathan Borwein, “High-precision, high-performance numerical integration,” 3rd Workshop on High-Dimensional Approximation, Sydney, Australia, February 2009.


Best Paper Award

Samuel Williams, Jonathan Carter, Leonid Oliker, John Shalf and Katherine Yelick, “Lattice Boltzmann Simulation Optimization on Leading Multicore Platforms,” IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS’08), Miami, Fla., April 2008.

Best Paper Award Nominee

Sarah Poon, Rollin Thomas, Cecilia Aragon, and Brian Lee, "Context-Linked Virtual Assistants for Distributed Teams: An Astrophysics Case Study." CSCW 2008: ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, San Diego, Calif. November 2008.

Keynote Speaker

Katherine Yelick, “Programming Models for Manycore Systems,” Intel Corp., Santa Clara, CA, April 2008.

Keynote Speaker

Katherine Yelick, “Multicore Meets Exascale: The Catalyst for a Software Revolution,” 2008 Salishan Conference on High Speed Computing, Salishan, Ore., April 2008.

Keynote Speaker

Katherine Yelick, “Programming Models for Petascale to Exascale,” 22nd International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS ‘08), Miami, Fla., April 2008.


Best paper application track

Lenny Oliker, Andrew Canning, Jonathan Carter, Costin Iancu, Michael Lijewski, S. Kamil, John Shalf, Hong Shan, Erich Strohmaier, S. Ethier, T. Goodale, "Scientific Application Performance on Candidate PetaScale Platforms,” 21st International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS) 2007, Long Beach, Calif., April 2007.

Best Poster Award

Zhengji Zhao, Juan Meza and Lin-Wang Wang , “A New O(N) Method for Petascale Nanoscience Simulations,” IEEE/ACM SC07 Conference, Reno, Nevada, November 2007. View the poster.

Best Poster Award

Cecilia Aragon, Stephen Bailey, Sarah Poon, Karl Runge and Rollin Thomas, “Sunfall: A Collaborative Visual Analytics System for Astrophysics,” IEEE Symposium on Visual Analytics Science and Technology 2007, Sacramento, Calif., October-November 2007.

Most Highly Rated Presentation

Cecilia Aragon, “I Can Fly: How to Invent the Future without Fear,” Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Orlando, Fla., October 2007.

Best Paper Award Nominee

L. Gosink, J. Anderson, Wes Bethel, Ken Joy, "Variable Interactions in Query-Driven Visualization," IEEE Visualization 2007, Sacramento, Calif., October-November 2007.

Keynote Speaker

Katherine Yelick, “The Berkeley View: Applications-Driven Research in Parallel Programming Models and Architectures,” Multicore-the New Face of Computing-Promises and Challenges, 8th IEEE/NATEA Annual Conference on New Frontiers in Computing Technology, Stanford University, California, June 2007.

Keynote Speaker

Katherine Yelick, “Compilation Techniques for PGAS Languages,” 5th Annual Workshop on Charm++ and its Applications, Parallel Programming Lab, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 2007.



Best Paper Award

“Complementary Visualization of perfSONAR Network Performance Measurements.” Hanemann, A., Jeliazkov, V., Kvittem, O., Marta, L., Metzger, J., Velimirovic, I., Proceedings of the International Conference on Internet Surveillance and Protection (ICISP), IARIA/IEEE, Cap Esterel, France, IARIA/IEEE, August,\ 2006.

Highest ranked conference paper

Samuel Williams, John Shalf, Lenny Oliker, Parry Husbands, Shoaib Kamil and Katherine Yelick, “The Potential of the Cell Processor for Scientific Computing,” ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers, Ischia, Italy, May 2006.

Highest ranked conference paper

Jonathan Carter, Lenny Oliker and John Shalf, “Performance Evaluation of Scientific Applications on Modern Parallel Vector Systems,” VECPAR 2006, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2006.

Best Paper Award

Racquel Romano, Cecilia Aragon and Chris Ding, “Supernova Recognition Using Support Vector Machines,” 5th International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA'06), Orlando, Fla., December 2006. LBNL-61192.

Best Panel Award

T. J. Jankun Kelly, Robert Kosara, Gordon Kindlmann, Chris North, Colin Ware, and E. Wes Bethel, “Is there Science in Visualization?” IEEE Visualization 2006, Baltimore, Md., October-November 2006.

Keynote Speaker

Katherine Yelick, “Compilation Techniques for Partitioned Global Address Space Languages,” The 19th International Workshop on Languages and Compilers for Parallel Computing, New Orleans, La, November 2006.


Best Paper Award

Kesheng Wu, Junmin Gu, Jerome Lauret, Arthur M. Poskanzer, Arie Shoshani, Alexander Sim, and Wei-Ming Zhang, “Grid Collector: Facilitating Efficient Selective Access from Data Grids,” In Proceedings of International Supercomputer Conference 2005, Heidelberg, Germany. June 2005

Best Paper Award Nominee

Julian Borrill, Jonathan Carter, Lenny Oliker, David Skinner, Rupak Biswas, “Integrated Performance Monitoring of a Cosmology Application on Leading HEC Platforms,” The 2005 International Conference on Parallel Processing, Oslo, Norway, June 2005.


Best Paper Award

Ben Lee, Rich Vuduc, James Demmel, Katherine Yelick, “Performance Models for Evaluation and Automatic Tuning of Symmetric Sparse Matrix-Vector Multiply,” International Conference on Parallel Processing, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 2004.

Best Paper Award Nominee

Lenny Oliker, Andrew Canning, Jonathan Carter, John Shalf and Stephane Ethier, “Scientific Computations on Modern Parallel Vector Systems,” IEEE/ACM SC Conference, Pittsburgh, Pa., November 2004. SC04.


Best Application Paper Award

Oliver Kreylos, Nelson Max, Bernd Hamann, Silvia Crivelli, E. Wes Bethel. “Interactive Protein Manipulation,” IEEE Visualization 2003, Seattle, Washington, October 2003. Kreylos-ProteinShop-Vis2003.


Best Student Paper, Best Student Presentation awards

Rich Vuduc, Shoaib Kamil, Jen Hsu, Rajesh Nishtala, James Demmel and Katherine Yelick, “Automatic Performance Tuning and Analysis of Sparse Triangular Solve,” ICS 2002: Workshop on Performance Optimization via High-Level Languages and Libraries, New York, June 2002.

SC2002 Bandwidth Challenge Winner

An international team led by John Shalf achieved their third consecutive victory in the High-Performance Bandwidth Challenge at the SC2002 Conference on high-performance networking and computing. The team won top honors for the Highest Performing Application and included the Albert Einstein Institute, Argonne National Laboratory, ESnet, Force10 Networks, Masaryk University, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centers, Sandia National Laboratories, and the University of Amsterdam., moving data at a peak speed of 16.8 gigabits, or16.8 billion bits of data, per second, which was more than five times higher than the team's record-setting win at the SC2001 conference. IEEE/ACM SC2002 Conference, Baltimore, Md. November 2002. Read more.


SC2001 Bandwidth Challenge Winner

For the second year in a row, LBNL won the SC Bandwidth Challenge with a team consisting of John Shalf, Wes Bethel, Michael Bennett, John Christman; George “Chip” Smith, Eli Dart, Brent Draney and David Paul, as well as collaborators in Illinois and Germany, took top honors in a contest to move the most data across the network built around SC, the annual conference of high-performance computing and networking which concluded Nov. 16. The winning application was a live visualization of a simulation of colliding black holes. IEEE/ACM SC2001 Conference, Denver, Colo., November 2001.


SC2000 Bandwidth Challenge Winner

A Berkeley Lab team made up of Brian Tierney, Wes Bethel, Jason Lee and Dan Gunter won the “Fastest and Fattest” prize for best overall performance in the SC2000 Network Challenge for Bandwidth-Intensive Applications. This was a new competition designed to demonstrate high-bandwidth applications and push the limits of network capacity. In demonstrating Visapult, Bethel’s prototype application and framework for remote visualization of terascale datasets, the team recorded a peak performance level of 1.48 gigabits per second over a five-second period. Overall, the team transferred 262 gigabits of data in 60 minutes from LBNL to the SC2000 show floor in Dallas. IEEE/ACM SC2000 Conference, Dallas, Texas, November 2000.

SC2000 Bandwidth Challenge Winner

Another winner in the Network Challenge, taking top honors as the "Hottest Infrastructure" application, was a team representing the University of Southern California/Information Sciences Institute and Argonne and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories, with help from Berkeley Lab's Arie Shoshani and Alex Sim, running “A Data Management Infrastructure for Climate Modeling Research.” IEEE/ACM SC2000 Conference, Dallas, Texas, November 2000.


Best Paper award

Lenny Oliker, Rupak Biswas, “Parallelization of a Dynamic Unstructured Application using Three Leading Paradigms,” IEEE/ACM SC99 Conference, Portland, Ore., November 1999.


Most Innovative Set of AVS Modules Contributed

E. Wes Bethel, International AVS Centre, Manchester, England, 1993.


Outstanding Service and Dedication to the Scientific Visualization Community

E. Wes Bethel, International AVS Centre, Manchester, England, 1992.


Better World Award

E. Wes Bethel, Stardent Computer, Concord, Mass., 1991.