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InTheLoop | 07.24.2006

The weekly electronic newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees

July 24, 2006

Wendy Lin Joins NERSC HPC Systems Group

When Wendy Lin joined NERSC as a systems engineer in June, she brought with her over 20 years of experience working in high performance computing. She has been working in the field since its inception.

“I love learning new things,” Wendy said. “It's not like I've been doing the same thing for 20 years—no! Things are always changing; that's why I've stayed in high performance computing.”

Wendy came to NERSC after 20 years at Purdue University Computing Center, which is now part of ITaP (Information Technology at Purdue). She worked as a systems programmer, mainly doing systems support for research machines. She also did systems software development work (e.g., checkpoint/restart and batch job scheduling). “For a long time, I was the only woman working in high performance computing at Purdue,” she said.

Wendy finds that the scientific computing field has grown a lot and become more research-friendly, and more focused on adding value to science. “In the 1980s, HPC was all about providing cycles,” she said. “Now the emphasis is on making computing easier and allowing researchers to focus on science.”

She enjoys the problem-solving aspect of her job at NERSC and working on much larger systems than she did at Purdue. In her spare time she enjoys reading, spending time with family, and exploring her new home, the Bay Area.

Jon Bashor Working as Detailee for ASCR in Office of Science

Computing Sciences' Communications Manager Jon Bashor has started a temporary full-time assignment providing communications support to the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR). Although funding and direction comes from Washington, Jon will continue to work from Berkeley Lab. The assignment resulted from a conversation between CS ALD Horst Simon and ASCR Director Michael Strayer at the SC05 conference in Seattle.

Job Posting: Computing Sciences Public Information Specialist

In connection with Jon Bashor's new duties with DOE, Computing Sciences has posted a job opening for a public information specialist. The successful candidate will work independently and under limited direction to create and distribute a wide range of communications projects, including news releases, special reports, Web pages, presentations, newsletters, booth displays and meetings related to high performance computing. The person will work with staff and managers to identify, develop, research and produce timely and effective communications tailored for various audiences, as well as respond to media inquiries and initiate contact with media to generate coverage of newsworthy subjects. More information on the posting can be found at http://jobs.lbl.gov/LBNLCareers/details.asp?jid=19283&p=1.

Job Posting: High Performance Computing Postdoctoral Fellow

NERSC's Science-Driven Services organization has an open position for a High Performance Computing Postdoctoral Fellow. The posting is available on the Laboratory's jobs page at http://jobs.lbl.gov/ under the requisition number (019286). For details, go to http://jobs.lbl.gov/LBNLCareers/details.asp?jid=19286&p=1.

Job summary:
Key responsibilities for this position include innovative improvements to the Integrated Performance Monitoring (IPM) parallel profiling layer; design and development of extensions to IPM which broaden the scope and efficiency of data collection; focus on scalable data collection across workloads; implement algorithms for streaming analysis of large data volumes of performance data; development and support of infrastructure software, including web, XML, scalable data aggregation, and cross-system tools.

For recruiting purposes, contact Bernadette Cu-Todd (BCu-Todd@lbl.gov, x5327).

Job Posting: High Performance Computing Software Engineer

NERSC's Science-Driven Services organization 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.