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InTheLoop | 06.11.2007

The weekly newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences

June 11, 2007

June 15 Is Last Day to Complete Lab Library’s Survey on Journals

As part of a complete review of the Lab library, the IT Division is examining online journal and database subscriptions. To provide an expanded and relevant set of journals within budget limits, the library is currently surveying scientific staff regarding their journal usage and needs. The survey is located at http://isswprod.lbl.gov/survey/journal. This survey is a follow-up to the survey conducted in 2005 and the results are the primary tool used by the library to assess the current journal subscription holdings. As a result of the previous survey, many new journals were added to the subscription base. Be aware that the survey can take some time, especially if you haven't taken it before. You can save your changes in the survey, so you don't have to complete it all at once. But you can only submit the results once.

The survey must be completed by Friday, June 15.

SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing Invites Minisymposium Proposals

The organizing committee for the 2008 SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathermatics) Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing is seeking proposals for minsmposia to be presented at the conference, to be held March 12-14, 2008 in Atlanta. A minisymposium consists of four 25-minute presentations, with an additional five minutes for discussion after each presentation. Prospective minisymposium organizers are asked to submit a proposal consisting of a title, a description (not to exceed 100 words), and a list of speakers and titles of their presentations by Tuesday, August 14, 2007. It is recommended that the minisymposium organizer make the first presentation. Each minisymposium speaker should submit a 75-word abstract. The organizing committee will referee minisymposium proposals. The number of minisymposia may be limited to retain an acceptable level of parallelism in the conference sessions. For further information on organizing a minisymposium, see http://www.siam.org/meetings/guidelines/mini_guide.php.

This series of conferences has played a key role in promoting parallel scientific computing and parallel numerical algorithms. The conference is unique in its emphasis on the intersection between high performance scientific computing and scalable algorithms, architectures, and software. The conference provides a forum for communication among the applied mathematics, computer science, and computational science and engineering communities. More information can be found at http://www.siam.org/meetings/pp08/about.php.

Tuesday Talk to Focus on Scientific Visualization

Prabhat, a scientist at Brown University's Computer Science Department, is scheduled to give a talk on Tuesday, June 12, about the role of visualization in scientific discovery. Prabhat, who goes by just one name, will discuss case studies from his work with planetary geologists and developmental biologists at Brown. Come listen to Prabhat talk about how visualization makes a difference for the researchers. The talk will go from 11 a.m. to noon in 50A-5132.

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.