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InTheLoop | 11.14.2005

The Weekly Electronic Newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences Employees

November 14, 2005

CRD's Barenblatt Wins Timoshenko Medal for Applied Mechanics

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers announced that Grigory Isaakovich Barenblatt of CRD's Mathematics Group was awarded the 2005 Timoshenko Medal “for seminal contributions to nearly every area of solid and fluid mechanics, including fracture mechanics, turbulence, stratified flows, flames, flow in porous media, and the theory and application of intermediate asymptotics.” The Timoshenko Medal was established in 1957 and is conferred in recognition of distinguished contributions to the field of applied mechanics. Instituted by the Applied Mechanics Division, it honors Stephen P. Timoshenko, world-renowned authority in the field, and it commemorates his contributions as author and teacher.

NERSC's Bill Kramer Heads Impressive SC|05 Lineup

Bill Kramer, NERSC's Deputy Division Director and SC|05 Chair, was recently featured in HPC Wire online for his successful efforts to get Microsoft's Bill Gates as the keynote speaker at the SC|05 conference this week, November 12-18, in Seattle.

Excerpts from HPC Wire:
SC|05 has sold out every available inch of allocated exhibit area to some 220 exhibitors. "We're seeing more people and different people," [Kramer said.] And not just on the vendor side. In particular, he added there has been lots of interest from government initiatives.This interest has helped Kramer expand the focus of the conference. There is the biggest educational program ever, highlighted by the expected attendance of dozens and dozens of teachers from high schools and colleges. Much of this increase is thanks to additional funding.

Kramer admitted his masterstroke of scoring Gates as SC|05's opening speaker represents two years of working various channels at Microsoft to get an audience with the man at the top. Once he did, then it still didn't end. Then there was crafting the rationale for the HPC faithful as to why the software giant—not even considered a legitimate HPC player by many in the field—should score the cherished kickoff spot that has traditionally been the roost of non-vendor dignitaries.

After all, holding the event in proximity to Microsoft's Redmond, Wash. headquarters didn't hurt SC's chances. Yet Kramer acknowledged he did not reel in Gates without a Herculean effort from himself and others counted among the SC|05 inner circle."Gates actually canceled a trip to China to be at SC," Kramer said. "He's certainly interested in HPC. He's been getting briefed twice a week to get up to speed on all aspects. Obviously, this is a significant sign."

According to Kramer ... Gates will not be blowing his marketing bugle. "He's going to do a technical talk," Kramer explained. "Sure, he'll bring in Microsoft's interest in HPC, but he [Microsoft] is doing an HPC product announcement in this timeframe." A lot of the keynote also will be based around Microsoft's research efforts in the field of HPC, he added.

Kramer also is excited about the debut of what is called SC Desktop, an experiment that will extend some of the conference proceedings to people who could not typically attend the event. "This concept may really change the way the event runs," he said. For example, graduate students who cannot make the trek to Seattle due to budgetary, time or visa restrictions will be able to view some of the happenings broadcast to their computers. SC Desktop takes in Gates' keynote, SC's technical content and one exhibitor forum. Gates' speech will also be available to all interested parties through Microsoft's pressroom on its site. SC Desktop uses Access Grid technology to connect off-site attendees anywhere in the world to specific parts of the conference programs via an appropriate network connection.

To read the full article in HPC Wire, go to http://news.taborcommunications.com/msgget.jsp?mid=503568&xsl=story.xsl.

To learn more about SC|05, go to http://sc05.supercomputing.org/.

CRD's Marques, Drummond and Li Contribute to Special Issue on ACTS

ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software (TOMS) has dedicated its September 2005 issue to the Advanced CompuTational Software (ACTS) Collection. Several developers of tools in the ACTS Collection contributed to this special issue. CRD's Osni Marques and Tony Drummond were the guest editor-in-chiefs, and CRD's Xiaoye Sherry Li contributed an article to this issue. Read this special issue at http://www.acm.org/toms/Current.html#v 31n3.

Job Posting: High Performance Computing Consultant

NERSC's User Services Group has an opening for a High Performance Computing Consultant (CSE II position #018514). The job description has been posted at http://www.lbl.gov/CS/Careers/OpenPositions/NE18514.html.

Contact HR's Bernadette Cu (BCu-Todd@lbl.gov or x5327) for more information and recruiting services.

Job Posting: NAST Group Lead

NERSC's High Performance Computing Department has an opening for a NAST Group Lead (position # 018525). The job description has been posted at http://www.lbl.gov/CS/Careers/OpenPositions/NE18525.html.

Contact HR's Susan Johnson (SLJohnson@lbl.gov or x2802) for more information and recruiting services.

Job Posting: User Services Group Lead

NERSC's High Performance Computing Department has an opening for a User Services Group Lead (position # 018526). The job description has been posted at http://www.lbl.gov/CS/Careers/OpenPositions/NE18526.html.

Contact HR's Susan Johnson (SLJohnson@lbl.gov or x2802) for more information and recruiting services.

Job Posting: Open Software and Programming Group Lead

NERSC's High Performance Computing Access Department has an opening for an Open Software and Programming Group Lead (position # 018519). The job description has been posted at http://www.lbl.gov/CS/Careers/OpenPositions/NE18519.html.

Contact HR's Bernadette Cu (BCu-Todd@lbl.gov or x5327) for more information and recruiting services.

Job Posting: MSG Computer Systems Engineer

NERSC's Mass Storage Group has an opening for a Computer Systems Engineer (CSE II position # 018520). The job description has been posted at http://www.lbl.gov/CS/Careers/OpenPositions/NE18520.html.

Bernadette Cu (BCu-Todd@lbl.gov or x5327) will provide recruiting services and will contact you directly.

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.

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