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InTheLoop | 10.16.2006

The weekly electronic newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees

October 16, 2006

John Wu Gives Remote Presentation on FastBit to Michigan Research Group

John Wu of CRD's Scientific Data Management Group presented one of three case studies to a meeting at the Central Michigan University Research Corp. last Thursday. Speaking via videoconferencing, John discussed “FastBit: An Efficient Indexing Technology for Accelerating Data-Intensive Science.” Developed by John and other members of the group, FastBit enables database searches up to 10 times faster than commercial search techniques. The one-day meeting also included presentations related to analytics from Pacific Northwest and Oak Ridge national labs.

Tim Pletcher, director of business insight services at CMU Research Corp., contacted LBNL last month asking about potential speakers on the application of advanced analytics to problems of interest to industry. “We conduct various types of analytics projects that involve faculty, students, and industry to do proof of concepts around a fairly broad range of projects,” Pletcher wrote.

The Central Michigan University Research Corporation (CMURC) is a not-for-profit organization established to facilitate innovative research and development opportunities between the university and high technology companies. The Oct. 12 meeting which John addressed included participants from Ford, GM, Eli Lilly, Dow Chemical, Steelcase, Comerica Bank, Kelly Services, DTE, IBM, SAS, ESRI, and other companies.

Ed Ritenour of IT's Networking and Telecommunications Dept. provided videoconferencing support.


Changes Afoot as IT Division Spins Off from Computing Sciences

With the transition of the IT Division from Computing Sciences to Operations, a number of changes are in the works. Sandy Merola has scheduled an all-hands meeting at 11 a.m. tomorrow to announce important news about the future leadership of the IT Division. The division is also recruiting a new business manager.

As part of the transition, IT Division staff currently in the fourth-floor suite in Bldg. 50B will be moving to a suite of offices on the second floor of 50B, an area which once housed the former ICSD management, and more recently, the NERSC Mass Storage Group. The offices are being refurbished and the work is expected to be finished this month.

Reminder: Papers, Articles Need to Be Submitted to Report Coordination for Tracking

Once you've made the final changes on a technical paper or article, there's still one more step to complete — submitting the document to the Lab's Report Coordination Office. In fact, the objective of DOE Order 241.1A is “to establish Department of Energy (DOE) requirements and responsibilities to ensure that scientific and technical information (STI) is identified, processed, disseminated, and preserved in a manner that (a) enables the scientific community and the public to locate and use the unclassified and unlimited STI resulting from DOE's research and related endeavors and (b) ensures access to classified and unclassified sensitive STI is protected according to legal or Departmental requirements.” The management contract between UC and DOE also includes similar requirements.

The Lab's Regulations and Policies Manual (RPM) requires that “All scientific and technical publications must be processed through the Report Coordinator.” Report Coordination's role is to confirm that documents comply with LBNL and DOE policies. Report Coordination assigns publication numbers and provides quality assurance for scientific, technical, and administrative documents published at the Lab. Once reports are submitted, they are entered into the main database so they can be more easily found. Reports are also submitted to UC's California Digital Library, giving them wider exposure.

For more information, go to http://www-library.lbl.gov/public/tmRco/aboutus/RcoDefault.htm.

TheRPM section on Scientific and Technical Publications can be found at http://www.lbl.gov/Workplace/RPM/R5.02.html.

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.