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InTheLoop | 05.08.2006

The weekly electronic newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees

May 8, 2006

Lab to Host Aug. 22-25 Workshop on the ACTS Collection for HPC Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the seventh annual workshop on the DOE Advanced CompuTational Software (ACTS) Collection for HPC Applications. The workshop will be held Aug. 22-25 at Berkeley Lab. This year's workshop theme is “Gearing Up Scientific Applications for the Petascale Era.”

The four-day workshop introducing the ACTS Collection will provide hands-on instruction in building robust scientific and engineering high-end computing applications. Information about the workshop can be found at http://acts.nersc.gov/events/Workshop2006/.

Organized by Osni Marques and Tony Drummond of CRD's Scientific Computing Group, the four-day workshop will present an introduction to the ACTS Collection for application scientists whose research needs include either large amounts of computation, complex software integration, distributed computing, the use of robust numerical algorithms, or combinations of these.

The workshop will include a range of tutorials on the tools (those currently available in the collection and some deliverables from the DOE SciDAC program), discussion sessions aimed at solving specific computational needs of the participants, and hands-on practice using NERSC's computers.

The workshop will be organized in parallel sessions and the tutorials will be grouped by the following topics:
* Direct and iterative methods for the solution of linear and non-linear systems of equations
* PDEs and multi-level methods
* Numerical optimization
* Structured and unstructured meshes (generation, manipulation and computation)
* Development of high performance computing applications
* Performance monitoring and tuning
* Software interoperability

Supervisors, Employees to Conduct Workplace Safety Walkthroughs by May 15

As part of the Lab's comprehensive effort to ensure workplace safety, all CS supervisors have been asked to conduct walkthrough EH&S inspections of their employees' work areas. The CS facilities group has prepared a safety inspection checklist for each staff member's work area. Areas covered include the overall environment, aisles and floors, and electrical equipment. All worksheets should be signed by both the supervisor and employee and returned to the CS Facilities Office by Monday, May 15. Questions? Contact John Hutchings at x7505.

Job Opening: Administrative Assistant for NERSC

The NERSC Division has a job opening for an administrative assistant reporting to the NERSC Associate General Manager for Services. The administrative assistant will provide general administrative support to the NERSC Division and first-level account support to NERSC users. Work will be performed at the Oakland Scientific Facility (OSF) in Oakland. The holder of the position will perform a wide range of administrative activities for the NERSC Division, including but not necessarily limited to reception, phones, correspondence, preparation and compilation of highly detailed reports and viewgraph presentations including writing, editing, summarizing and proofreading, photocopying, meeting minutes, procurement and occasional errands. Working with NERSC staff, the admin assistant will prepare and track procurement requisitions including contacting vendors and serve as the first point of contact for the division in a wide range of administrative and personnel related areas. Complete information about the position can be found at http://www.lbl.gov/CS/Careers/OpenPositions/NE18994.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.