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InTheLoop | 01.29.2007

The weekly newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences

January 29, 2007

LBNL Staff Help Develop DOE Cybersecurity R&D Roadmap

Berkeley Lab was well represented last week at a workshop titled “DOE Cybersecurity R&D Challenges for Open Science:

Developing a Roadmap and Vision,” held January 24-26 in Washington, DC. Deb Agarwal of CRD was one of the organizers of the workshop, along with Walter Dykas of ORNL and Mike Robertson of DOE. Participants included Bill Johnston and Eli Dart of ESnet, Bill Kramer and Brent Draney of NERSC, Vern Paxson and Brian Tierney of CRD, Dwayne Ramsey of the IT Division, and John Hules of the CS Communications Group. Brian, Eli, Deb, and Brent also co-authored whitepapers submitted to the meeting, as did Dan Peterson and Mike Helm of ESnet and Scott Campbell and Howard Walter of NERSC. Vern gave a presentation titled “Cybersecurity Research and Development Focused on Open Science.”

The goal of the workshop was to identify the research needs and opportunities associated with cybersecurity for open science, focusing on those needs particularly associated with DOE supercomputing, user facilities, high-speed networks, laboratories, and other open collaborative science stakeholders. A report on the workshop’s findings will be published within 60 days.


Jan. 30 Climate Seminar to Examine Ocean Temperature

Krishna AchutaRao of LLNL will discuss “Simulated and Observed Variability in Ocean Temperature and Heat Content” at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 30, in Bldg. 50A, room 5132. AchutaRao’s talk is being given at part of the Joint CRD-EETD-ESD Climate Change
Seminar Series. The speaker is a member of the Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison at LLNL.

Here’s the abstract for his talk:

“It is estimated that the oceans are responsible for most (~85 percent) of the heat content increase in the Earth’s climate system  over the second half of the 20th century. This increase is embedded in substantial variability on inter-annual to decadal timescales. State-of-the-art climate models have been able to replicate both the overall increase in ocean heat content (OHC)
over this period and its horizontal and vertical structure. Such detection and attribution studies have identified a large anthropogenic component in the observed changes, and find that the ‘noise’ of natural climate variability is an inadequate explanation for these changes. The credibility of these results is strongly dependent on the reliability of natural variability estimates. It is commonly believed that climate models significantly underestimate the observed OHC variability, raising concerns about the reliability of the detection and attribution findings. This talk examines the apparent discrepancy between observed and modeled variability using a suite of climate model simulations.”

For more information, contact Michael Wehner at (510) 495-2527, or mfwehner@lbl.gov.

ASCR Seeking Program Manager for Research and Partnership Division

DOE’s Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research has posted an opening for a computer scientist to serve as a program manager in the Computational Science Research and Partnership Division. Applications for the position, which will be located in Germantown, Md., close Monday, Feb. 5. The full-time, permanent position is open to U.S. citizens.

The holder of the position “will serve as a recognized scientific authority and expert for the Computational Science Research and Partnership Division … be responsible for managing the transition of advanced research useful to scientists in other disciplines; and identify critical issues and actions that effect the transition with emphasis on interactions between scientists, next generation computational facilities, high speed computer networks, and next generation hardware. You will serve as a Program Manager determining scientific focus and direction of the assigned program, preparing proposals, organize independent peer reviews, recommend funding allocation and organize meeting; and serve as a liaison on committees and monitor scientific computing
progress of the program. You will examine and ascertain the pioneer research needs and opportunities of the research program. You will lead the development of experimental research in assigned area and prepare, justify, and support the portions of the budget relating to the assigned area. You will evaluate contractor, laboratory, and grantee research proposals and performance
and develop and prepare analytical documents to communicate with top management on the status of programmatic phases and new developments and opportunities in the area responsibility.”

For more information, go to http://jobsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/getjob.asp?JobID=52718813&brd=3876&AVSDM=2007%2D01%2D22+00%3A01%3A03&q=DE%2DSC%2DHQ%2D019%28LF%29&sort=rv&vw=d&Logo=0&FedPub=Y&FedEmp=N&SUBMIT1.x=0&SUBMIT1.y=0&ss=0&TabNum=1&rc=3.

2007 Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference Issues Participation Call

The 2007 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference has issued a call for participation seeking submissions for papers, panels, workshops, posters and birds-of-a-feather sessions for the three-day conference. Tapia 2007, the fourth in the series, will be held Oct. 14-17, 2007, in Orlando under the theme “Passion in Computing — Diversity in Innovation.”
Submission details, including deadlines, can be found at http://www.richardtapia.org/Participating.html.

While the program will cover technical areas, the conference is aimed at providing a supportive networking environment for under-represented groups across the broad range of computing and information technology, from science to business to the arts to infrastructure. Tapia 2007 is co-sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery and the IEEE Computer Society, in cooperation with the Computing Research Association.

For the first time in the history of the Tapia conference, the 2007 meeting will be co-located with the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference, to be held Oct. 17-20, 2007, in Orlando.

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.