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InTheLoop | 08.06.2007

The weekly newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences

August 6, 2007

CS Summer Students to Give Research Presentations Tuesday, Aug. 7

Six students participating in the Computing Sciences summer student program will give presentations about their work on Tuesday, Aug. 7. All presentations will be in conference room 50B-4205, and interested staff are invited to attend. Here is the schedule:

   * 10:30a.m., Daniel Schreiber (Supervisor: Sherry Li)
   * 10:45 a.m., Dongryeol Lee (Supervisor: Keith Jackson)
   * 11:15 a.m., Ben Campbell Smith, “Automated Sorting of Large All
     versus All BLAST Datasets” (Supervisor: Victor Markowitz)
   * 11:30 a.m., Peter Norgaard, “Application of Adaptive Mesh
     Refinement to PIC” (Supervisor: Phil Collela)
   * 12:45 p.m., Jonathan Chu (Supervisor: John Shalf)
   * 1 p.m., Elena Caraba, “Information Visualization for Supernova
     Spectra” (Supervisor: Cecilia Aragon)

Berkeley to Hold Aug. 8 Scoping Meeting on Proposed Computing Building

Berkeley Lab has issued two Notices of Preparation for two Draft Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) that will evaluate the environmental impacts from the proposed construction and operation of the Computational Research and Theory (CRT) Facility and the Helios Energy Research Facility project. The CRT Facility would be located in the western portion of the Lab site. The proposed project includes an approximately 150,000 gross-square-foot computer facility and offices, associated infrastructure, and service driveways. The facility would accommodate the NERSC Center and office space to support computational science and engineering programs.

A joint public scoping meeting for both projects will be held to invite public input and comment on the scope of the two Draft EIRs. The Public Scoping Meeting will be held from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, in the North Berkeley Senior Center at 1901 Hearst Street in Berkeley.

Registration Open for 2007 Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference

Registration is now open for the 2007 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, to be held October 14–17, 2007, in Orlando, Florida. Conference registration information can be found at http://www.regonline.com/Tapia07. “Early Bird” discounts of $75 off the regular registration fees are available through Friday, September 7. While Tapia 2007 is centered around an extensive technical program, the conference also provides a supportive networking environment for under-represented groups across the broad range of computing and information technology, from science to business to the arts to infrastructure. Tapia 2007 is organized by the Coalition to Diversify Computing and co-sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery and the IEEE Computer Society, in cooperation with the Computing Research Association.

Advance Registration Now Open for SC07 in Reno

Registration opened today, Aug. 6, for SC07, the annual conference of high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. To qualify for the advance registration discounts, registration and payment must be received by 5 p.m. (Eastern time) Sunday, Oct. 15. SC07 will be held Nov. 10–16 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno. To register, go to http://sc07.supercomputing.org/?pg=registration.html. Sponsored by ACM and IEEE Computer Society, SC07 includes technical and educational programs, workshops, tutorials, an exhibit area, demonstrations and hands-on learning. For more information, please visit  

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.