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InTheLoop | 04.30.2007

The weekly newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences

April 30, 2007

Group Summaries Posted from Town Hall Meeting on Exascale Computing

Nearly 150 researchers from national labs and universities attended a two-day “town hall meeting” on the proposed Simulation and Modeling at the Exascale for Energy, Ecological Sustainability and Global Security (E3SGS) at LBNL on April 17–18. The goal of the meeting, along with subsequent gatherings scheduled for May 17–18 at Oak Ridge and May 31–June 1 at Argonne, is to come up with an innovative program of novel computational science challenges to expand the contributions of ASCR programs to the Office of Science mission over the next 10 years. ASCR Associate Director Michael Strayer told the assembled participants that he was looking to them to help “set the vision and the standard of where we could be as we evolve over the next 10 years.”

Participants divided into breakout groups to discuss specific areas, including microbial bioinformatics, distributed IT infrastructure, complex biochemical cycles, astrophysics, advances in mathematics and algorithms, and software integration and data management. Reports from many of the groups have now been posted and links can be found at http://hpcrd.lbl.gov/E3SGS/breakout-materials.html.

Latest News from CRD Now Posted Online

Check out the April CRD Report, which contains feature stories on combustion, archaeological informatics and climate change research. The newsletter, which publishes bi-monthly, also features speaking engagements and other activities recently undertaken by CRD scientists. The newsletter is a great way to find out what your fellow researchers have been pursuing these days. Read more at http://crd.lbl.gov/html/news/CRDreport0407.pdf.

Reminder: Meetings This Week on Cognitive Computing, Future of Search

NERSC and CITRIS, the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society, are co-hosting two meetings this week: a two-day meeting on “Cognitive Computing, a Multi-Disciplinary Synthesis of Neuroscience, Computer Science, Mathematics, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Information Theory” on Wednesday and Thursday, May 2–3, and “The Future of Search” on Friday, May 4. Both meetings will be held in the University Art Museum auditorium on the Berkeley Campus.

More information on the Cognitive Computing meeting can be found at http://www.citris-uc.org/CognitiveComputing07. Details on “The Future of Search” can be found at http://www.citris-uc.org/FutureSearch.

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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