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InTheLoop | 12.18.2006

The weekly electronic newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees

December 18, 2006

CRD Researchers Share Scientific Computing Expertise in New Book

Several CRD researchers have contributed to a new book titled “Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing.” The book, co-edited by Horst Simon and published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, explores the models and technologies used by scientists to coax superb results from highly parallel computers. This book is the first in-depth discussion of parallel computing in 10 years. The CRD researchers who authored some of the chapters are David Bailey, Esmond Ng, Lenny Oliker and Ali Pinar. Find out more about the book at http://www.ec-securehost.com/SIAM/SE20.html.

Lin-Wang Wang Is Named APS Fellow

The American Physical Society (APS) has named Lin-Wang Wang a fellow in the Division of Computational Physics, an honor bestowed on scientists who have made outstanding contributions in the field.

Wang, a member of the Scientific Computing Group within CRD, specializes in nanoscale electronic structure research. His fellowship certificate contains a citation that recognizes his “development of new computational algorithms in electronic structure calculations of large nanostructures.”

The APS plans to publish Wang's fellowship appointment, along with other fellows named this year, in the March 2007 issue of APS News. The ASP is the world's largest professional group for physicists, with 45,000 members worldwide. Check out the list of fellows at http://www.aps.org/programs/honors/fellowships/2006-fellows.cfm.

April Conference to Focus on Nuclear Energy and Reactor Simulations

The 2007 Computational Engineering and Science Conference (CESC2007), supported by the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research, will focus on nuclear energy production and the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP). The meeting will be held April 10-12 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

CESC2007 will bring together disciplinary scientists and engineers focused on nuclear energy and reactor simulation with computer and computational scientists to identify barriers and opportunities for the effective use of high-end computing in nuclear energy research. A significant goal of this conference is to encourage collaboration across disciplinary and organizational boundaries on this global technical challenge.

Session chairs are busy organizing speakers on cutting-edge topics such as: Nuclear Reactor Simulation within GNEP, Nuclear Reactor Simulation Technical Barriers, CFD/Heat Transfer, Mesh Generation and Visualization, HPC Systems and Nuclear Energy, and a Policy Maker Session — Industrial and Agency Perspective.

Information about the conference, including a preliminary agenda, can be found at http://www.ces-conference.org/index.shtml.

Reminder: Shut Down Computers, Peripherals Before Leaving for Holiday Break

Lab computers are targeted more frequently over holidays than at any other time. Please shut down your computer unless it is absolutely necessary that it stay running. If you must keep it running, be sure to update the security patches so that it does not fall prey to attacks. If you think your system has been attacked, contact the Computer Protection Program. Those with computer security-related emergencies can call x7770.

AAAS to Hold 173rd Annual Meeting Feb. 15-19 in San Francisco

From efforts to stem the advance of climate change to the latest developments in robotics and virtual worlds, from global health challenges to the mysteries of the universe, the 173rd Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) promises to attract the growing segment of scientists and engineers who are interested in the interactions among disciplines and in the influence of science and technology on society.

Experts from all over the world will gather Feb. 15-19, 2007, in San Francisco to explore new discoveries and their impact on society through symposia and lectures in every field. Plenary lectures feature LBNL Director Steven Chu, leading climate scientist Susan Solomon, and Google co-founder Larry Page. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from nearly 180 wide-ranging symposia and to learn ways to improve the quality of education and the diversity of the workforce. Workshops run the gamut from in-depth science to career-related information. Families and others can also enjoy Family Science Days — a free event open to the general public.

Opportunities abound to enhance and enrich careers and find out about cutting-edge science and technology as well as future prospects for funding. And a town hall on "Communicating and Learning About Climate Change: An Event for Teachers, Students, and Other Communicators and Learners" will expand the dialogue among scientists, teachers, students, policy makers, business leaders, and the general public on the issue of global climate change. It will feature a broad and exciting array of presenters with a strong focus on strategies for addressing the problem.

To find out more, build a personal itinerary, and register online, go to www.aaasmeeting.org.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide. Learn more at www.aaas.org.

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.