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IntheLoop | 12.02.2002

The Weekly Electronic Newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computubg Sciences Employees

December 2, 2002

NERSC, CRD Host Visit by Japanese Research Officials

Three representatives of Japanese research institutions visited LBNL on
Wednesday, Nov. 27, to learn more about computational science and
related research at the Lab. The visitors were Toshio Fujishiro,
executive director of the Research Organization for Information Science
and Technology (ROIST); Kojiro Yamagishi, deputy director of the
Department of Software Development in ROIST; and Yoshio Suzuki, a
researcher in the Center for Promotion of Computational Science and
Engineering, part of the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute. The
group visited LBNL in conjunction with attending the SC2002 conference
in Baltimore and made similar visits to Argonne and Oak Ridge national

During their visit to Berkeley Lab, the group heard presentations by
Horst Simon, giving an overview of NERSC and the Computational Research
Division; Bill Johnston, discussing Grid Activities; John Shalf, talking
about the Visualization Lab; and Juan Meza, discussing research
activities. The visit concluded with a tour of the NERSC Center at the
Oakland Scientific Facility.

Dec. 5 Holiday Craft Fair to Feature Handiwork of CS Staff

The Lab's 7th annual Holiday Craft Fair, to be held from 3-6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 5, in the cafeteria, offers a good opportunity to see
another side of your co-workers. Nine of the 34 fair participants are
from Computing Sciences. You can pick up your dinner - choose from
homemade tamales, lumpia, barbecue sauce, honey, pies, and cakes) - or
pick up a unique gift, from holiday dog collars and original CDs to bath
products and jewelry.

December 10 Brown Bag to Serve Up Info About Influx of Spam

The increased amount of spam that Lab users have been receiving has
generated considerable concern, as well as interest regarding how to
control it. Mark Rosenberg, leader of the Computing Infrastructure
Technologies Group, will give a presentation on how to control spam at
the next computer protection brown bag event at noon Tuesday, December
10. Bring your lunch and your questions.

Apache Web Security Guidelines Are Now Available

Apache webmasters -- is your Apache server secure? Go to
http://www.lbl.gov/ITSD/Security/guidelines/apache-server.html for
guidelines on securing Apache web servers.

Reminder: Windows XP Security Course to Be Taught on December 13

Windows XP, the newest in the line of Microsoft Windows operating
systems, is now the standard for PCs here at Berkeley Lab. What kinds of
measures are necessary to make Windows XP run securely? You can find out
by attending the free half-day course on Windows XP security offered by
the Berkeley Lab Computer Protection Program. A description of the
course is at
Bring your XP laptop with you, if you have one.
Time and Date: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Friday, December 13
Location: Bldg. 50 auditorium
Instructors: Gene Schultz, Berkeley Lab, and Jason Judkins, Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory
To enroll: Visit http://hris.lbl.gov/.

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 6,000 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 DOE 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.