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InTheLoop | 12.04.2006

The weekly electronic newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees

December 4, 2006

CRD's Ann Almgren Is Featured in CRA-W's Profile of the Month

The Computer Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) is featuring CRD scientist Ann Almgren in its web site's Profile of the Month column. The column highlights women working in commercial and government research labs in North America. Almgren's work on computational fluid dynamics has advanced the study of Type Ia supernovae. See what CRA has to say about Almgren at http://www.cra.org/Activities/craw/projects/industry_researchers/main.html.

Staff Encouraged to Take Annual Survey on Lab Safety Culture

The EH&S Division is conducting its second annual LBNL Safety Culture survey and is encouraging all employees to complete the anonymous survey. According to the EH&S Division, the survey was very valuable in demonstrating to DOE the strengths of our safety programs, identifying areas for improvement, and establishing a baseline to understand the impacts of the changes made this past year. Depending on responses, the survey contains 20 to 30 questions and takes about the 10 minutes to complete. The survey is online at http://www.zoomerang.com/recipient/survey-intro.zgi?p=WEB225W4E7H2CF.

2007 International Supercomputing Conference Issues Call for Papers

The International Supercomputing Conference, to be held June 26-29 in Dresden, Germany, has issued a call for papers. High-quality papers reporting original work in theoretical, experimental, and industrial research and development are sought in any of the following areas:
• Advances in very large-scale applications of science and engineering modeling, simulation and design (capability computing)
• Successful implementation and deployment of large-scale Grid-enabled systems
• Computation pipelines and workflows for life sciences, especially computational biology and biological data integration
• High performance computer architectures
• Data- and I/O-intensive computing
• Scalable tools for performance analysis and tuning for hundreds and thousands of PEs
• High-speed system area networks for large computer system architectures
• Measurement and modeling of grid middleware and applications

Contributions in English are solicited. Extended abstracts, in English, of not less than four pages but not more than 6000 words should be submitted in electronic form (pdf or doc) to cfp@supercomp.de by Tuesday, February 20, 2007. Abstracts should describe contents, relevance and originality of the contribution with important references included.

The ISC Scientific Program Committee, chaired by Wolfgang Nagel of the Center for Information Technology and HPC at the Dresden University of Technology, will select two papers to be presented at the conference. Authors of the winning papers will receive roundtrip airfare to Dresden, conference registration and a prize valued at 5,000 euros (sponsored by Microsoft).

The papers will be included in the conference proceedings, which are expected to be published in a special issue of Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience (http://www.cc-pe.net/journalinfo/).

Questions should be sent to cfp@supercomp.de.

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.