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InTheLoop | 04.17.2006

The weekly electronic newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees

April 17, 2006

Deadline for SC06 Tech Program Submissions Extended to April 24

In what has become a yearly tradition, the deadline for most technical program submissions for the SC06 conference has been extended one week to Monday, April 24. SC06 will be held November 11-17, 2006, in Tampa, Fla.

April 24 is the deadline for submissions in the areas of:
* Technical Papers
* Tutorials
* Panels
* Workshop proposals
* SC Global sessions
* Education Program
* Gordon Bell Prize

Notices of intent to participate in the HPC Analytics Challenge and the ACM Student Research Competition are also due by April 24. Sample submission forms and instructions are available at http://www.sc-submissions.org/.

More information about SC06, which is sponsored by IEEE and ACM, can be found at http://sc06.supercomputing.org.

Open MPI: Next Generation Message Passing Library Talk Today

The IT Division's Scientific Cluster Support program is hosting a talk by Open MPI (http://www.open-mpi.org/) developer George Bosilca of the University of Tennessee, from noon to 1:30 p.m. today in 50B-4205. His talk will cover the basic architecture of Open MPI, its modular approach, and more advanced features. For details, go to http://scs.lbl.gov/.

Molecular Foundry to Hold User Workshop May 25-26

The recently dedicated Molecular Foundry, a DOE Nanoscale Science Research Center, will hold a user workshop on Thursday and Friday, May 25-26.

The workshop agenda will include plenary lectures by leading thinkers in fields that nanoscience is likely to affect, including energy and IT. There will also be sessions in which present and future users can find out more about the Foundry's capabilities and the proposal submission process, and meetings focused on the development of collaborations with the three other LBNL national user facilities, including NERSC. More information about the workshop can be found at http://foundry.lbl.gov/workshops/workshop.htm.

Job Posting: Workstation Support Engineer I

The IT Division's Workstation Support Group has a six-month term position opening for a workstation support engineer. The Mac/PC Support Group provides desktop support to scientific and administrative customers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Duties of this position include assessing and resolving problems involving multiple platforms and architectures in a cross-platform environment; providing solutions to complex questions concerning Macintosh and/or PC configuration, networking, printing, and interface issues concerning desktop and workgroup server applications; solving complex questions concerning usage of standard desktop software, including utility, security, web browsing, email, electronic scheduling, graphics, antivirus and office productivity software; using superior communication skills to instruct and to assist in a customer service environment; and participating in Process Improvement Teams and peer group technical data exchanges.

More information can be found at http://www.lbl.gov/CS/Careers/OpenPositions/IT18943.html.

UC Seeks Proposals for Pilot Project for Multidisciplinary Research Partnerships

The UC Discovery Grant program has issued a call for proposals for a pilot project for multidisciplinary research partnerships in:
* Energy and Environment
* Health and Wellness
* Rapid Application of Nanotechnology

Proposals are sought for building highly innovative industry-university research partnerships that can help California solve important problems, strengthen the state's technological leadership, and accelerate economic development. A one-year pilot project will fund companies and UC research teams jointly undertaking high-risk/high-impact projects in the three areas listed above. Successful proposals will be multidisciplinary and converge technologies in novel research approaches to problems requiring societal-scale solutions.

The application deadline is May 19. For details and online applications, go to http://ucdiscoverygrant.org/.

IUCRP Introduces New Fellows Program

The UC Industry-University Cooperative Research Program (IUCRP) is launching a new fellows program as part of its long-term strategic plan to build enhanced and sustainable partnerships between UC and California industry sectors. For details on the fellows program, go to http://www.ucdiscoverygrant.org/ and click on "Spring Deadlines" or "News."

The deadline for applications is June 1.

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.