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InTheLoop | 07.30.2007

The weekly newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences

July 30, 2007

Aug. 3 Visit by RIKEN HPC Group to Include Seminar at 1:30 p.m.

Six members of the technical staff of Japan’s RIKEN will visit Computing Sciences on Friday, Aug. 3, for a series of talks and a tour of NERSC. Established in 1907, RIKEN is an independent administrative institution under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Among its research facilities is the Advanced Computing and Communication Center (ACCC).

At 1:30 p.m. in 50A-5132, Ryutaro Himeno, Director of RIKEN’s Next Generation Supercomputer R&D Center, will give a talk on RIKEN’s HPC Activities and Current Status of Next Generation Supercomputer Development Project. The supercomputer will start partial operation in April 2011, and its performance will be increased to 10 petaflop/s by March 2012. Its basic design was completed in March, and detailed design is proceeding. The project has included a focus on both nanoscience and life science, and these developments will be discussed. Himeno will also discuss RIKEN’s current HPC activities in both hardware and software, such as the MD-GRAPE3 special purpose computer.

Himeno received the Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Tokyo in 1988. In 1979, he joined Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., where he was engaged in the research of applying CFD to developing aerodynamic cars. In 1998, he joined RIKEN and is the director of the Next-Generation Supercomputer R&D Center. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo.

Hot Off the Virtual Press: Newest NERSC News Now Online

Check out the July edition of NERSC News, which contains stories about a $1.58M project to deploy performance monitoring software developed by David Skinner, and the cosmology award Peter Nugent is sharing with dozens of researchers. Also, find out who has taken advantage of NERSC's nine million CPU-hour reimbursement program, which gives researchers the opportunity to improve their codes for running on Franklin (Cray XT4) later on. The newsletter can be found at http://www.nersc.gov/news/nerscnews/NERSCNews_2007_07.pdf.

Hands-On Bro Security Workshop Draws Crowd in San Diego

Last week, Berkeley Lab staffers Brian Tierney, Vern Paxson, Robin Sommer and Scott Campbell presented a three-day, hands-on workshop covering the Bro Intrusion Detection System developed at LBNL. The workshop, held at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, was a sell-out, Tierney said, attracting 31 participants (organizers had planned for 30). Of the attendees, eight were from DOE and NASA labs, four were from industry and the rest from universities.

“We got very positive feedback on the workshop, and will likely do another one at LBL in 6-12 months,” Tierney said.

The workshop was aimed at computer security staff who want to learn more about the Bro scripting language and how to customize Bro based on each site's policy. Topics included a Bro scripting language tutorial, Bro customization, Bro log file analysis and active blocking using Bro. The workshop agenda, with links to each presentation, can be found at http://www.bro-ids.org/bro-workshop-2007/agenda.html.

Reminder: Aug. 14 Deadline for Minisymposia Proposals at SIAM Conference

The organizing committee for the 2008 SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing is seeking proposals for minisymposia 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.

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 6,000 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 DOE Office of Science User Facilities.

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