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InTheLoop | 12.12.2005

The Weekly Electronic Newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences Employees

December 12, 2005

Lab Hosts Cyber Security Experts from DOE, National Labs

Cyber security leads from around the Office of Science gathered at LBNL last week for the Cyber Security Working Group. Representatives from the Office of Science labs, site offices, service centers, sites, and headquarters were in attendance. The group meets quarterly to discuss new DOE and federal cyber security requirements, share best practices, discuss new and continuing threats, and align cyber security strategies. The group received detailed briefings from the labs that have completed their Site Assistance Visits (SAVs), a new program of cooperative assessments completed by the Office of Science and the Office of Safety and Security Performance Assurance (OA). LBNL is scheduled to begin its SAV in April 2006.

Electrical Upgrades to Require Power Shutdown in Bldg. 50 Complex over Holidays

There will be a planned four-day power outage in the Bldg. 50 complex during the Holiday Shutdown at the end of December. Beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, power will be shut off to Bldgs 50A, C and E to facilitate an electrical system upgrade, which is scheduled to end at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28. Power for Bldg. 50B, D and F will then be shut off starting at 7 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, and continuing until 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30. Emergency power will be supplied during the shutdowns, and power is also expected to be maintained to the computer room in 50B-1275.

Dee McMurrey Joins as New Administrator for Distributed Systems Department

Computing Sciences welcomes Dee McMurrey, who joins the Computational Research Division as the new administrator for the Distributed Systems Department.

Prior to the Lab, much of Dee‘s career has been spent in the healthcare industry. She worked eight years at the UCSF Medical Center, assisting in the monitoring and development of clinical and research programs, such as the UCSF Women's Health Access Center and the UCSF Cancer Center.

Dee also worked for Health Net, Inc., a managed health care company, assisting with national Medicare bid submissions. During the high-profile genomics race of the late '90s, she worked with the corporate officers of Incyte Genomics in Palo Alto.

Dee graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in social sciences, focusing on the sociological analysis of complex institutions; she earned a graduate degree in psychology.

CRD's Scientific Computing Group Has Opening for Software Developer

The Scientific Computing Group in the Computational Research Division has a job opening for a software developer. This position is to support the analysis of data from the joint ESA/NASA Planck satellite mission to measure the temperature and polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation. The holder will join the U.S. Planck collaboration through the team in the High Performance Computing Research Department to provide high performance computing support for its end-to-end data management and analysis.

Under the supervision of the local Planck Data Analysis Project Leader and directed by the needs of the US Planck collaboration, the developer will design, implement, integrate, document and provide training for massively parallel CMB radiation data management and analysis pipeline infrastructure across a range of high performance computing architectures and systems.

More detailed information about the position can be found at http://www.lbl.gov/CS/Careers/OpenPositions/CR18593.html.

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.