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InTheLoop | 08.07.2006

The weekly electronic newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees

August 7, 2006

PCAST Members Visiting Computing Sciences Today

Three members of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) are visiting Computing Sciences today (Monday, August 07) — Celia Merzbacher (Executive Director), Floyd Kvamme (Co-Chair), and Dan Reed. The purpose of the visit is to see the impact and success of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. In particular, PCAST is interested in learning how federal funding has helped computing to make an impact in science and industrial applications.

After being welcomed to LBNL by Lab Director Steven Chu, the PCAST members will hear several presentations: an overview of Computing Sciences (Horst Simon); NERSC highlights (Jonathan Carter); ESnet highlights (Joe Burrescia); collaborative computing, networking research, and cyber infrastructure (Deb Agarwal); and mathematics and computer science research (Juan Meza).

PCAST (http://www.ostp.gov/PCAST/pcast.html) was established to enable the President of the United States to receive advice from the private sector and academic community on technology, scientific research priorities, and math and science education. Celia Merzbacher works at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President. Floyd Kvamme is a Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a high technology venture capital firm. Dan Reed is the Director of the Renaissance Computing Institute in North Carolina.

Horst Simon, Bill Johnston to Discuss NERSC, ESnet Plans at ASCAC Meeting

NERSC Division Director Horst Simon will outline upgrades to the NERSC Center, and ESnet Department Head Bill Johnston will talk about ESnet's future plans at the Aug. 8-9 meeting of the Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC). The committee, established in 1999, provides independent advice to the DOE on a variety of complex scientific and technical issues related to its Advanced Scientific Computing Research program. ASCAC's recommendations include advice on long-range plans, priorities, and strategies to address more effectively the scientific aspects of advanced scientific computing, including the relationship of advanced scientific computing to other scientific disciplines and maintaining appropriate balance among elements of the program. The committee, currently chaired by Jill Dahlburg of the Naval Research Lab, primarily includes representatives of universities, national laboratories, and industries involved in advanced computing research. More information about ASCAC can be found at http://www.sc.doe.gov/ascr/adviscommittee.html.


CS Summer Students to Give Presentations on Tuesday, Aug. 8

CS employees are invited to attend presentations to be given by students who have spent the summer working on projects in Computing Sciences. The program will start with coffee and donuts at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, in Conference Room 50B-4205. Here is the schedule:

  • 9-9:30 a.m.: Neena Kaushik, “Advance Reservation Scheduling to Meet QOS Requirements for Scientific Data Projects”
  • 9:30-10 a.m.: Elena Caraba, “Visualization and Data Analysis with VisIt and Matlab”
  • 10-10:30 a.m.: Yonatan Fogel, “Vulnerability Analysis of an Electric Power Grid — I”
  • 10:30-11 a.m.: Adam Reichert, “Vulnerability Analysis of an Electric Power Grid — II”
  • 11-11:30 a.m.: John Cieslewicz, “Improving Relational Database Performance with Compressed Bitmap Indices”
  • 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Aaron Hong, “Integrating Bitmap Indexing Technology with a Scientific Workflow System”
  • 12-1:00 p.m.: Lunch break
  • 1-1:30 p.m.: Wenjen Zhou, “Detecting Protein Complexes using Clique Finding Algorithms”
  • 1:30-2 p.m.: Carlos Bazan, “Visualization Techniques for Large Datasets”

Job Posting: Computational Science Postdoctoral Fellow

CRD's Biological Data Management and Technology Center has an open position for a Computational Science Postdoctoral Fellow. The posting is available on the Laboratory's jobs page at http://jobs.lbl.gov/ under the requisition number (#019341). Go to http://jobs.lbl.gov/LBNLCareers/details.asp?jid=19341&p=1 for details.

Job summary:
In the Computational Research Division located at Berkeley, the Biological Data Management and Technology Center (BDMTC) is developing metagenome data management and analysis systems in collaboration with biologists in the Microbial Ecology Program (MEP) and Genome Biology Program (GBP) at the Joint Genome Institute(JGI). The Postdoctoral Fellow will carry out research and development of new analysis methods for metagenome data. The position requires close interaction with MEP and GPB.

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

Job Posting: Postdoctoral Researcher

CRD's HPC Research Department has an open position for a Postdoctoral Researcher. The posting is available on the Laboratory's jobs page at http://jobs.lbl.gov/ under the requisition number (#019345). Go to http://jobs.lbl.gov/LBNLCareers/details.asp?jid=19345&p=1 for details.

Job summary:
The Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of flow in porous media. For more information about the Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering, please visit http://seesar.lbl.gov/ccse/.

For recruiting purposes, contact Bernadette Cu-Todd (BCu-Todd@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.