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InTheLoop | 07.03.2006

The weekly electronic newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees

July 3, 2006

ALD Horst Simon Featured in HPCwire

HPCwire recently interviewed Horst Simon at ISC2006 in Dresden, Germany. In the resulting article, “A Petaflop Before Its Time?” Horst explains the current issues facing petaflop computing, the TOP500 list, parallelism, energy consumption, and the scientific disciplines which stand to benefit most from advances in high performance computing. To read the article, go to http://www.hpcwire.com/hpc/705881.html.

CRD Managers Share Expertise at Snowbird Conference

The biennial Computing Research Association (CRA) Conference at Snowbird, Utah, was held last week (June 25-27), and two Computational Research Division researchers were there to share their expertise. Juan Meza chaired a session on “Opportunities for Computing Research with Government Labs,” and Kathy Yelick gave a presentation at that session pointing out opportunities for collaborations, funding, student support, and careers at the labs.

The CRA Conference at Snowbird brings together the chairs of Ph.D.-granting departments of computer science and computer engineering, as well as leaders from U.S. industrial and government computing research laboratories. The goal of the conference is to provide a context in which attendees can discuss practical and strategic issues facing their organizations.

LACSI 2006 “A Sea Change in High-Performance Computing” Coming Soon

The Seventh Symposium of the Los Alamos Computer Science Institute (LACSI) will be held on October 17-19, 2006 at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The symposium has emerged as a valuable forum for discussing current research and ongoing important projects in high-performance, scalable computation.

For more information go to http://lacsi.krellinst.org/lacsi_cfp.pdf. If you have any questions, please email them to lacsi@krellinst.org. For poster submissions, go to http://lacsi.krellinst.org/poster/poster.php. The poster deadline is September 1.

Job Posting: High Performance Computing Software Engineer

NERSC's Science-Driven Services has an open position for a High Performance Computing Software Engineer. The posting is available on the Laboratory's jobs page at http://jobs.lbl.gov/ under the requisition number (#019243). Go to http://jobs.lbl.gov/LBNLCareers/details.asp?jid=19243&p=1 for details.

Job summary:
Key responsibilities for this position include engineering and management of open source projects; maintenance and support of grid middleware, including the Virtual Data Toolkit (VDT) and web portals; development and support of infrastructure software, including web, XML, scalable data aggregation, databases, and cross-system tools. These activities are a key component of NERSC's ability to provide high quality systems and services. The group also provides consulting services for NERSC users in its areas of expertise.

For recruiting purposes, contact Doris Bergman (DGBergman@lbl.gov, x5327).

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.