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InTheLoop | 12.13.2003

The Weekly Electronic Newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences Employees

December 13, 2003

Lab Director Steven Chu Met with ITSD Leadership Team

The Lab's infrastructure is aging, and one of the Lab's priorities is to build critical new buildings and upgrade existing structures, LBNL Director Steven Chu told ITSD department heads and group leads when he met with them for the first time at their meeting on Friday, Dec. 10. In order to improve infrastructure under a tight budget, the Lab must rethink strategic processes and budget processes to make decisions that represent the best possible use of Lab resources in light of these priorities, Chu said.

Reminder: CS Seminar Series to Feature Microsoft's Jim Gray on Friday, Dec. 17

Jim Gray, a "Distinguished Engineer" in Microsoft's Scaleable Servers Research Group and manager of Microsoft's Bay Area Research Center (BARC), will be the next speaker in the Computing Sciences Seminar Series. Gray will speak at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, in the fifth-floor conference room of Bldg. 50A (50A-5132). Gray's work focuses on databases and transaction processing. His Dec. 17 talk is entitled "Where the Rubber Meets the Sky: Bridging the Gap between Databases and Science."

Here is the abstract:
"Scientists in all domains face a data avalanche - both from better instruments and from improved simulations. I believe that computer science tools and computer scientists are in a position to help all the sciences by building tools and developing techniques to manage, analyze, and visualize peta-scale scientific information. This talk summarizes my experiences over the last seven years trying to bridge the gap between database technology and the needs of the astronomy community in building the World-Wide Telescope."

His talk will be the "live" version of the article at http://research.microsoft.com/research/pubs/view.aspx?tr_id=815.

CCSE's John Bell to Give Course, Invited Talk at University of Cambridge

John Bell, head of the Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering, will be giving a two-day short course on adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) as well as an invited talk at the University of Cambridge in England this week. The short course will be sponsored by the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge. It is timed to directly precede the conference on Adaptive Grid Methodologies for Environmental Modelling being held on Thursday, Dec. 16, at which John is a featured speaker. The title of his conference talk is "Adaptive algorithms for low Mach number models in fluid dynamics." Read more about the conference at http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/lcd/amr_atmos_2004/.

Lab's Anti-Virus Software Agreement Includes Home PC and Macintoshes

Did you know that the Lab has a special license with Symantec to cover Lab employees' home PCs and Macintoshes? You can download Norton Anti-virus from http://www.lbl.gov without charge provided that you own the PC or Mac to which the software is downloaded. Be sure to also update the anti-virus software on your home machine every day, just as you do on your Lab computer.

DOE's Linda Twenty to Retire in January After 33 Years

Linda Twenty, a program analyst in DOE's Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), will be retiring in January after a 33-year career. Responsible for budgets, personnel, procurements and advisory committee activities, Linda has been a frequent point of contact for managers in Computing Sciences. She joined ASCR when it was established in 1985, hired as a secretary by Jim Decker.

"It's been a great opportunity, but it's time to go," Linda said. "When this door closes, I'm anxious to see what other doors might open up. I won't say that I'm not going to work again, but for now, I'm excited about retiring and I'm looking forward to having time to do what I want to do day by day."

Tops on her list of activities is spending more time with her 16-month-old grandson, though she will tear herself away for a long-anticipated trip to Hawaii with her husband. They especially enjoy traveling, and they have some home projects to work on, including setting up a home office.  

Her farewell luncheon will be held Jan. 12 in Germantown, Md.

Computer Forensics and Incident Investigation Methods Course to Be Offered Jan. 12

A new computer security course, Computer Forensics and Incident Investigation Methods, will be taught from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, in Bldg. 70A-3377. A course description is at http://www.lbl.gov/ITSD/Security/services/course-catalog.html#adv6. There is no charge for attending, but space is limited. To sign up, go to https://hris.lbl.gov.

Windows XP Users: Lab Now Recommends Installing Service Pack 2

A team from ITSD has been studying the effects of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows XP since it was first released and has determined that the benefits of installing this Service Pack now clearly outweigh any liabilities. However, because SP2 works best with the current version  (9.0.1) of Symantec Anti-Virus, XP users should first see which version of Symantec they have on their computer.

If you have the current version  (9.0.1) of Symantec Anti-Virus, then go to the Lab's software download site at http://www.lbl.gov/download to download and install SP2.

If you aren't running Symantec version 9.0.1, go to the software download page and then download and install Symantec Client Security for Windows 2K/XP, which includes the latest version of SAV, before you download and install SP2.

For questions contact the Help Desk at X 4357 or help@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 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.