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InTheLoop | 06.12.2006

The weekly electronic newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees

June 12, 2006

NERSC Welcomes Two New Staffers: Jason Hick and Harvey Wasserman

Jason Hick

Jason Hick is the new lead of the NERSC Mass Storage group. He comes to us from LANL, where for the past two years he was the acting lead of the High Performance Storage System (HPSS) team. Jason also served as the LANL representative on the HPSS Executive Board.

HPSS, the result of collaboration between five DOE laboratories and IBM, is software that manages hundreds of terabytes to petabytes of data on disk and robotic tape libraries, providing highly flexible and scalable hierarchical storage management that keeps recently used data on disk and less recently used data on tape.

Jason's experience in HPSS is in both development and deployment. His development work focused on systems upgrades, software conversions, location servers and DB2 maintenance, while on the production side, Jason ran and maintained dependent and database software, distributed computing environments and structured file systems.

Jason graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, with a B.Sc. in computer science. He then went on to serve for five years as a captain in the Field Artillery Unit, stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington, where he trained in all the field artillery weapons systems. Jason left the army to return to computing.

In his free time, Jason plays the saxophone, enjoys downhill skiing, and has recently taken up woodworking. He and his wife, Leanne, have a one-year old son, Carson.

Harvey Wasserman

Harvey Wasserman has joined the NERSC Science Driven Systems Architecture group, having spent the past 24 years working on a variety of high performance computing tasks at LANL. He is also actively involved in the Supercomputing conference series, and has served as chair and co-chair on various SC committees, including posters, masterworks, BoFs and tutorials. Harvey is the Technical Program chair for SC2007.

“I am excited to join NERSC, and to have the opportunity to work under the incredible, world-renowned leadership here,” says Harvey. In fact, since working as a student intern at LLNL in the summer of 1978, Harvey has always wanted to live in the Bay Area. Every Sunday, he would come into Berkeley and hang out, soaking in the vibrancy and “Berkeley-ness” of Telegraph Avenue.

Harvey went to school at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he earned his Ph.D. in chemistry. He then worked for two years as a post-doc in LANL, after which he made the switch from chemistry to high performance computing.

Harvey is uniquely qualified for life in the Bay Area, having experienced the Loma Prieta earthquake while in San Francisco in 1989, as well as two minor earthquakes in Japan. The biggest challenge for him is getting used to the significant increase in the cost of living. Says Harvey, “Making the career switch from chemistry to computing was easy compared to making the transition from Santa Fe to the Bay Area.”

An avid cyclist, Harvey enjoys exploring the city streets on his two-wheeler. His immediate goals are to ride up the hill to the lab, and to outfit his bike with a carrier rack and saddlebags. In the longer term, his plan is to eventually phase out all need for his car.

SC2006 Conference Issues Call for Posters

The SC06 conference is seeking submissions for posters displaying cutting-edge research in high-performance computing and networking. Posters are an excellent way to convey ideas and results not developed fully enough for technical publication and offer a means of presenting timely research in a more casual setting. The submissions deadline is Monday, July 31.

Topics of interest include:
* Scalable systems
* Performance evaluation and modeling
* High performance networking
* Distributed computing systems
* High performance I/O
* Programming environments and tools
* Novel computer architectures
* Visualization
* Distributed collaborations
* Parallel and distributed algorithms
* Architecture simulation
* Workload characterization
* User experiences
* Optimization studies
* Parallel databases
* Data and computation intensive applications
* Large-scale databases and digital libraries

The Posters Committee will select posters of exceptional technical quality, originality, relevance, and clarity. Abstracts of 150 words for accepted posters will be included in the SC06 CD-ROM Conference Proceedings. A prize will be awarded for the best poster. All poster presenters must register for the SC06 technical program. More information and a link to the submissions Web site can be found at http://sc06.supercomp.org/techprogram/posters.php.

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.

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