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InTheLoop | 07.09.2007

The weekly newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences

July 9, 2007

New NERSC Tape Drives Double Capacity, Quadruple Performance

NERSC has installed new tape drives that provide 2.5 times more capacity and four times the performance of the previous tape drives, bringing the total theoretical capacity at the supercomputer center to 44 petabytes. The Titanium tape drives, made by Sun Microsystems, are in production to meet the growing demand to house large amounts of data. The technology offers 500 gigabytes of uncompressed storage per cartridge and a throughput rate of 120 megabytes per second per drive, said Jason Hick, leader of the Mass Storage Group at NERSC.

SC07 Student Research Competition Accepting Submissions until July 31

Submissions are still open for the SC07 Student Research Competition (SRC) sponsored by the ACM and Microsoft. Until July 31, undergrads and grad students who are ACM members can enter their research posters for consideration. Those accepted at SC'07 will be eligible for $500 travel grants to the conference, and the top SRC entries selected in Reno will go on to the ACM Grand Finals. Plus, there are cash prizes for the top three undergraduate and graduate posters.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for students of all levels," says SC07 Posters Co-Chair Chuck Koelbel of Rice University. "Besides the glory of competition, SRC posters give their presenters great feedback on their ideas."

More information is at http://sc07.supercomp.org/techprogram/posters and http://www.acm.org/src/.

Cornell Theory Center Is Now Cornell Center for Advanced Computing

The 22-year-old Cornell Theory Center has been reorganized and renamed in a move designed to make its high-performance computing resources more efficient and effective for the university's researchers and to take advantage of growing opportunities for research funding. The new incarnation, the Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing (CAC), will report directly to the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. Previously, the Theory Center was part of the Faculty of Computing and Information Science. David Lifka, who has been the center's director of high-performance and innovative computing, has been named director.

The Theory Center was established in 1985 under the direction of Nobel laureate and supercomputing visionary Kenneth Wilson, former Cornell professor of physics, as one of four NSF-funded national supercomputing centers intended to make high-performance computing — then available only to industry and government — accessible to academic researchers. Originally it was called the Cornell Center for Theory and Simulation in Science and Engineering, reflecting the emergence of computer simulation as a major research tool. Read more at http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/July07/newCAC.ws.html.

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.

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