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InTheLoop | 10.30.2006

The weekly electronic newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees

October 30, 2006

Bill Barletta to Give Nov. 2 Talk on Cyber-Conflict and Information Warfare

Bill Barletta, former head of the Lab's Accelerator and Fusion Research Division and now a professor at MIT, will return to the Lab this week and give a seminar on “The Evolving Face of Cyber-Conflict and Information Warfare.” The talk will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Bldg. 50A-5132 conference room.

Here is his abstract:
“This seminar addresses the potential for organized malicious behavior on the part of nation-states and non-governmental organizations and networks against the social, economic, political, or military assets and interests of local, state and national governments involving computerized information technologies. The object of the analysis does not differentiate between cyber warfare and cyber terrorism as in both cases a principal measure of merit for the attacker is the deleterious effect on the objective of the attack rather than the proximate gain by the miscreant — a motivation that is the converse of the aim of the cyber-criminal who seeks his own gain or gratification regardless of the effects on the party attacked. Nonetheless, the technical considerations, instruments and methods are the same as those found in ‘peer-on-peer' criminal activity. The seminar presents some necessary aspects of an international social and legal framework and offers recommendations for the United Nations to follow-up the processes begun in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).”

Ucilia Wang Joins Computing Sciences Communications Team

Ucilia Wang, a journalist who most recently headed a team reporting on technology hardware for Red Herring magazine, has joined the CS communications team. Ucilia will help write news releases, newsletters and general communications projects. She will also help redesign the main CS web pages with the aim of making information more easily accessible in a wider range of formats. “I know there is no shortage of interesting research and equally interesting people in CS to write about,” Ucilia said. “I am happy to be here.”

During her stint at Red Herring, she wrote both daily stories for the web and longer-range articles for the print version of the magazine. She cites a special section on nanotechnology which she initiated, planned and wrote as one of her top accomplishments at the magazine — and one which brought her to LBNL to attend the dedication of the Molecular Foundry. She also wrote an in-depth profile of Intel, and one of her last stories was about crash-avoidance technologies being developed by auto manufacturers.

Prior to joining Red Herring, Ucilia worked as a reporter for newspapers in Santa Rosa, Stockton and San Francisco. She earned her bachelor's degree in anthropology and mass communications from UC Berkeley and her master's in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Ucilia lives in Oakland and enjoys kayaking on local waterways. She's looking to spend more time on the water after taking sailing lessons.

CRD to Co-Sponsor Climate Seminar Series; First Talk on Tuesday, Oct. 31

A new climate seminar series, co-sponsored by the Computational Research, Earth Sciences and Environmental Energy Technologies divisions, begins Tuesday, Oct. 31, with a talk on “Coupling Climate and the Carbon Cycle: Implications for Future Climate Change” by Damon Matthews, a postdoc in the Department of Global Ecology at Carnegie Institution. The seminar starts at 11 a.m. in the Bldg. 50A-5132 conference room.

Here's the abstract:
“Model simulations of future climate do not generally account for uncertainties in how the carbon cycle may respond to future climate changes. However, the fate of anthropogenic carbon and consequent rate of climate warming is highly dependent on the strength of natural carbon sinks. In this seminar, I will explore how future changes in the carbon cycle may affect how much warming occurs over the next century in the context of efforts to stabilize levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Using a coupled climate-carbon model, I will show the extent by which emissions targets aimed at stabilizing atmospheric carbon dioxide must be reduced in order to accommodate the effect of climate changes on natural carbon sinks. Furthermore, when carbon cycle uncertainties are included in projections of future warming, the range of possible future warming is expanded, with increased likelihood of greater warming over the next century.”

Job Postings: CRD Seeking Admin Assistant III and Computer Systems Engineer

The Computational Research Division has two new job postings.

Administrative Assistant III: This person will independently provide a comprehensive range of specialized administrative services and support to multiple groups in CRD. Duties include making travel arrangements and preparing domestic and foreign travel vouchers for all staff in the groups supported; working with purchasing staff to provide financial reimbursements, travel and project procurements; acting as adviser to CRD on LBNL travel and entertainment policies and procedures; maintaining on-line calendar programs and electronic and hardcopy filing systems; and preparing materials and agendas for research meetings and serving as minutes recorder using knowledge of research projects and current issues addressed at these meetings. The holder of this position will also be expected to become familiar with proposal guidelines and requirements. Learn more at http://jobs.lbl.gov/LBNLCareers/details.asp?jid=19574&p=1.

HPC Computer Systems Engineer: Reporting to the project lead of CRD System Engineering, this person will work as a member of the System Engineering Team within CRD to provide 24/7 support of the high performance computing (HPC) systems and servers that are in the division. The holder of this position will maintain and administrate the designated groups' machines, servers and cluster machines running Linux and Solaris; install and update machines, maintain proper system security, assist in running web and email servers; help to maintain CRD infrastructure support of research environments and servers; and assist in providing 24/7 support for all machines in CRD. Other expectations for this position include devising new operational, service and support mechanisms; grasping complex problems and developing solutions; and finding research topics dealing with new system and server solutions relevant to the division and the Lab. Find more information at http://jobs.lbl.gov/LBNLCareers/details.asp?jid=19585&p=1.

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.

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