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InTheLoop | 09.25.2006

The weekly electronic newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees

September 25, 2006

CS Offers Free Oct. 5 Tutorial on Secure Computing

A free, one-day tutorial in “Computing Protection in Open HPC Environments” is being offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. The session, which is a preview of a tutorial to be given at the SC06 conference in November, will be held in Bldg. 50 B, room 2222.

Speakers will be Steve Lau, formerly of NERSC and now at UC San Francisco; Bill Kramer and Scott Campbell of NERSC; and Brian Tierney of the Distributed Systems Department.

This tutorial will provide an underlying knowledge of the current state of computer security, its effects on HPC environments and mitigation strategies. Topics to be addressed include:
* HPC Security Fundamentals
* HPC Security Protection Fundamentals
* Intrusion Detection Using Bro
* The Changing Computer Protection Environment
* Cross-Site Implications of Collaborative Environments
* Keeping One Step Ahead
* Risk Assessment, Mitigation and Compliance
* Components of a Good Protection Program

Reminder: Staff Encouraged to Attend Today's Talk on Exemplary Workplace Safety

Thomas Connelly, Executive vice president and chief innovation officer for DuPont, will give a talk on “Safety and Innovation at DuPont” at noon today (Monday, Sept. 25) in the Bldg. 50 auditorium. All staff are encouraged to attend. DuPont is the winner of the National Safety Council's 2006 Green Cross for Safety Medal. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, DuPont has a workplace safety record 11 times better than the nation's industrial average and has improved each of the past five years. In his talk, Connelly will discuss the development of his company's safety culture and how is has helped lower injury rates.

2005 NERSC Annual Report Now on the Web

The 2005 NERSC Annual Report is now available on the web at http://www.nersc.gov/news/annual_reports/. It provides a sampling of important investigations and discoveries made using NERSC's computational resources as well as news about the organization, its resources, and services.

Computer Security: It's Not Just About Cyber

Computer protection means more than just making sure your machine is protected against intruders. Here are a few things you can do to physically protect your computer and related information:

* Set your screensaver to time out on your computer, and require a password to get back in.
* Lock your office door when you step out if you have any media or systems of a sensitive nature.
* In computer rooms, ensure you take appropriate safety and security precautions, including taking responsibility for anyone you escort.
* Lock up any portable media you want to protect, even in your workspace.
* Never download protected private information to your workstation or portable device.
* Assume that laptops, flash drives, and related technologies may be lost or stolen. Don't keep anything on them you aren't willing to lose.

Job Postings: Post-Doc in Scientific Computing Group, Network Engineer in NERSC

CRD's Scientific Computing Group has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow to work on the development of scientific computing algorithms and their application to a variety of application areas of interest to DOE and LBNL, such as structural biology and nuclear physics. The research activities will include the analysis of the performance profile and algorithmic complexity of existing computational codes; the improvement of the efficiency and reliability of existing codes; and the development of novel algorithms on petascale high performance computers. The research activities will require the development of techniques in discrete and combinatorial mathematics, dimension reduction, and optimization. More information is at http://www.lbl.gov/CS/Careers/OpenPositions/CR019456.html.

The NERSC Division has a posting for a network engineer working under the direction of the Network and Security Group leader. The person in this position will be responsible for designing, building, maintaining and monitoring the 10 gigabit Ethernet NERSC local area network, the 10 gigabit connection to the Internet, and the NERSC Global Filesystem (NGF) local Fiber Channel network. More information can be found at http://jobs.lbl.gov/LBNLCareers/details.asp?jid=19474&p=1.

Reminder: ERIP Referral Program Rewards Employees for Finding New Hires

Computing Sciences is currently looking for candidates to fill more than a dozen open job postings, and employees are reminded that the Lab's Employee Referral Incentive Program (ERIP) is still in effect. ERIP pays $1,000 (net) to employees who refer successful candidates. Award payments are made within one month after the successful referral reports to work. Full-time and part-time employees are eligible to participate.

For ERIP details, including information on how to submit candidates, go to http://www.lbl.gov/Workplace/HumanResources/ERIP/index_erip.html.

A list of current job openings in Computing Sciences is at http://www.lbl.gov/CS/Careers/OpenPositions/.

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.