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InTheLoop | 02.27.2006

The weekly electronic newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees

February 27, 2007

DOE Lehman Review of ESnet Yields Praise, Guidance

Last week’s three-day DOE review of ESnet, led by Daniel Lehman, concluded Thursday with praise for many aspects of the network’s operation and suggested that ESnet aggressively pursue the Science Data Network which ESnet is proposing. In carrying out its charge, the review committee considered the following questions:
1. Has ESnet correctly identified the Office of Science’s networking requirements?
2. Is ESnet’s technical approach to meeting these requirements reasonable?
3. Is ESnet’s cost and schedule plan for meeting these requirements credible?
4. Is ESnet’s management approach to meeting these requirements reasonable?

In a series of closeout reports, members of the review subcommittees gave ESnet high marks for identifying the requirements of scientific users and meeting those requirements. ESnet was also praised for its management of the network and its participation in international collaborations.

Among the recommendations from the review are that ESnet should:
* Pursue the Science Data Network aggressively. The technical approach is well-suited to, and essential to, meeting user and program requirements.
* Summarize strategies in areas such as technical architecture, reliability and fault tolerance, and new capabilities into high-level overviews.
* Add two to four FTEs dedicated to pursuing and integrating new capabilities and to better integrate DOE Network R&D with ESnet R&D.

In terms of overall management, reviewers concluded “ESnet is being effectively managed and is responsive to customers and DOE Program Management.”

Start Planning Now to Contribute to the SC06 Technical Program

Are you wrapping up an interesting HPC research project? Have an idea for a compelling tutorial or lively panel discussion? If so, now is the time to start thinking about submitting your contribution for consideration as part of the SC06 Technical Program.

SC06, the annual conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, will be held Nov. 11-17, 2006, at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida. The conference Web site for technical program submissions is scheduled to open Monday, March 27, 2006, so now is the time to start mapping out your ideas.

The Web site will be open for submissions for:
* Technical Papers
* Tutorials
* Panels
* Workshop Proposals
* SC Global sessions
* Gordon Bell Prize

For more information about the Technical Program, go to http://sc06.supercomputing.org/techprogram/. The deadline for submissions in these areas is Monday, April 17.

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.