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InTheLoop | 04.23.2007

The weekly newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences

April 23, 2007

David Skinner to Discuss NERSC Software Strategies on April 25

At the next NERSC All Hands meeting, to be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, David Skinner will discuss “Software Development at NERSC: Services and Strategies.” David is head of NERSC’s Open Software and Programming Group. The meeting will also include a brief update on Franklin’s status. The meeting will be held in room 238 at OSF, and will also be videoconferenced to 50B-2222 at the Lab.

German Delegation to Visit Computing Sciences as Part of National HPC Tour

A group of senior managers from Germany’s Juelich Research Center, along with the German deputy consul general from San Francisco, will visit LNBL and NERSC on Friday, April 27. The group from Juelich, home to one of Germany’s largest supercomputers, is also visiting IBM, the DOE Office of Science, ORNL and LLNL as part of their U.S. visit.

At Berkeley Lab, the group will hear presentations from Sherry Li and Ali Pinar of the Scientific Computing Group and Kurt Stockinger of the Visualization Group. The LBNL visit will conclude with a tour of NERSC at OSF.

The Juelich delegation includes Achim Bachem, chairman of the Board of Directors; Thomas Lippert, director of the Central Institute for Applied Mathematics; Angela Lindner, head press officer; and Petra Peters-Wendisch, international relations. Deputy Consul General Christian Seebode from the German Consulate in San Francisco will attend the morning discussions.

SciDAC 2007 Meeting Organizers Issue Call for Posters

Organizers of the 2007 DOE Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) conference, to be held June 24-28 in Boston, have issued a call for posters.

According to conference chair David Keyes of Columbia University, “At SciDAC 2007, we hope to showcase the exciting SciDAC-sponsored computational science that has been accomplished during this past year across many scientific domains (e.g., climate change), with an emphasis on science at scale. We also hope to showcase some of the exciting computational science that has been accomplished outside of the SciDAC Program and to foster communication between SciDAC computational scientists and those funded by other agencies. Together, we have an opportunity to highlight the rising importance of computational science in the scientific enterprise and to motivate future investment in this area.”

More information about the meeting may be found at http://www.scidac.org/Conference2007/.

LBNL Organizing May Workshop on Multiscale Bioimaging

Berkeley Lab is organizing a workshop on multiscale bioimaging to be held May 17-19 at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in the Berkeley hills. The focus of the workshop is on imaging techniques for biological research that involves all levels of spatial and temporal scales. The first two days of the workshop (May 17-18) will include presentations on application areas, such as bioenergy and cancer biology. The last day (May 19) will consist of breakout sessions, the outcome of which will be a white paper on multiscale bioimaging. For further information, refer to the web site at http://www.lbl.gov/gulliver/ or contact Damir Sudar in the Life Sciences Division. The deadline for registration is 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 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.

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.

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