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InTheLoop | 07.02.2007

The weekly newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences

July 2, 2007

Latest Issue of SciDAC Review Features Articles on APDEC, ESnet

The summer issue of SciDAC Review, a quarterly journal focusing on projects and facilities related to DOE’s Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing projram, has just been published and includes two articles on LBNL-led projects. In the Applied Mathematics section, an article by Phil Colella describes the work of APDEC, the Applied Partial Differential Equations Center, which develops algorithms and software used in such research areas as fusion energy, climate, combustion and astrophysics. Another article describes the role of ESnet in support DOE-related research at national laboratories, universities and other research institutions around the world. Links to these and other stories can be found at http://www.scidacreview.org/0702/index.html.

CRD’s Chris Ding to Join Faculty of University of Texas at Arlington

Chris Ding, one of the founding members of the Scientific Computing Group when NERSC was relocated to LBNL in 1996, has accepted a faculty position at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He will join the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UTA as a tenured full professor in August 2007.

Over his 11 years at LBNL, Ding has been a key contributor and intellectual leader in the Scientific Computing Group, said Group Lead Esmond Ng. His research portfolio at LBNL has included high performance computing, climate simulation, data mining/analysis and bioinformatics. “In particular, Chris was instrumental in bringing the SciDAC climate project to LBNL in 2001,” Ng said. “He has also been successful in establishing research collaborations with several divisions at LBNL, such as the Earth Sciences Division and the Physical Biosciences Division. Chris' departure from LBNL is a big loss to the Scientific Computing Group and to the Computational Research Division.”

Ding is expecting to continue his collaborations with several staff members at LBNL after he moves to UTA. Because of that, he will be appointed as a participating guest in the Scientific Computing Group so that he can visit and work with LBNL staff as often as his time permits.

SC07 Conference Invites Participation in Inaugural “Doctoral Showcase”

The annual SC conference has always been known as a place to meet people and hear about the latest results in HPC. This year there is a new way to hear about the latest research from the brightest minds in supercomputing. The inaugural Doctoral Showcase will provide a forum for Ph.D. students graduating within a year after SC07 to provide information about their research to an international community. The presentations will be part of the SC07 Technical Program, taking place Nov. 10-16 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno.

The goal of this showcase is twofold: first, it provides students with an interested audience as they describe their research; second, it also provides a visible, centralized location for organizations searching for new HPC talent. Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes each to accommodate as many students as possible. To register to speak at the Doctoral Showcase, please submit a request at the SC07 submissions web site at http://sc-submissions.org by Tuesday, July 31. More information is available at http://sc07.supercomp.org/? pg=doctsc.html, and questions may be directed to showcase@sc07.supercomputing.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.