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InTheLoop | 12.17.2001

The Weekly Electronic Newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees.

December 17, 2001

Contingent from HP Labs Visits Lab to Learn About Infrastructure, Collaborative Tools


A group of eight employees from Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, the
international research organization supporting the Palo Alto computer
firm, visited the Lab last Friday to learn about the Lab's computing
infrastructure and compare notes. The HP group, which emphasized that
they are a separate entity from "corporate," included both IT staff and
researchers. They contacted the Lab to learn more about strategic
servers, networking, computer security and collaborative technologies.
During the sessions, commonalities emerged, such as handling large email
storage and standardization of desktop systems (even though HP employees
can only buy one brand, the range poses challenges for support staff).

Bill Kramer, deputy director of the NERSC Division, presented an
overview of the Lab; Rosemary Evanoff and Mark Rosenberg of the
Computing Infrastructure Support Department, discussed strategic
servers; Ted Sopher, head of LBLnet, talked about networking; and Deb
Agarwal and John Shalf discussed and demonstrated the Access Grid. After
the meeting, Jamie Dinkelacker of HP said the sessions were very
worthwhile for his group and planned follow-up contact, especially
regarding Access Grid technologies.


Computer Security Expert Gene Schultz Publishes New Book on Incident Response


Gene Schultz, a member of the Lab's Computer Protection Program and a
recognized expert on computer security, has published his fourth book,
this one entitled "Incident Response." Co-written with Russell Shumway
(a former co-worker of Gene's), the book teaches readers what they need
to know to not only set up a computer security incident response effort,
but also how to improve existing incident response efforts. The book
provides a comprehensive approach to incident response, covering
everything necessary to deal with all phases of incident response
effectively, from pre-incident conditions and considerations to the end
of an incident.

Gene is the former editor-in-chief of Information Security Bulletin, a
London-based information security journal. In 1998 he received the
Information Systems Security Association's Professional Achievement
Award. He has also published books on Internet security, UNIX security
and Windows NT/2000 security, as well as more than 80 articles. While
employed at LLNL, Gene founded and was manager of DOE's Computer
Incident Advisory Capability.


Director's Annual Holiday Reception Set for This Afternoon


Lab Director Charles Shank will again host a holiday reception from
3:30-5 p.m. today in the Lab cafeteria. Food, good cheer and musical
entertainment will be provided (but the food tends to go fastest). All
Laboratory employees are invited to join the festivities.


Fidelity Offers One-On-One Sessions for Retirement Investment Planning


If you've been trying to figure out how to get the most out of your
retirement funds, Fidelity Investments is offering sessions to discuss
various investment options one-on-one with a Fidelity representative.
One-on-ones will be scheduled on Wednesday, January 9; Wednesday,
February 13; and Wednesday, March 13. There is no charge for the
45-minute sessions, which will be held in the conference room in Bldg.
65A. Appointments can be arranged by calling Fidelity's Central
Reservation System at 1-800-642-7131.


About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Computing Sciences organization provides the computing and networking resources and expertise critical to advancing the Department of Energy's research missions: developing new energy sources, improving energy efficiency, developing new materials and increasing our understanding of ourselves, our world and our universe.

ESnet, the Energy Sciences Network, provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at 40 DOE research sites to each other and to experimental facilities and supercomputing centers around the country. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) powers the discoveries of 7,000-plus scientists at national laboratories and universities, including those at Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division (CRD). CRD conducts research and development in mathematical modeling and simulation, algorithm design, data storage, management and analysis, computer system architecture and high-performance software implementation. NERSC and ESnet are Department of Energy Office of Science User Facilities.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the DOE’s Office of Science.

DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.