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InTheLoop | 10.08.2007

The weekly newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences

October 8, 2007

OSTP Staff Members Hear about Computing Sciences, Computational Cosmology

Two members of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Kathryn Beers and Jean Cottam Allan, toured the Lab last Wednesday to learn more about current research efforts. Among the presenters were ALD for Computing Horst Simon and Astrophysicist Julian Borrill of CRD’s Scientific Computing Group. Simon gave an overview of Computing Sciences, while Borrill talked about the computational challenges of analyzing data from cosmic microwave background radiation experiments. The OSTP advises the President and other members of the Executive Office on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs.

University of Stuttgart Officials to Visit CS this Week

Wolfram Ressel, Rector of the University of Stuttgart, and representatives of the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), will meet with members of LBNL and Computing Sciences on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The HLRS is currently housed in a small building and is interested in hearing about plans for the Computational Research and Theory facility being planned for LBNL. After a morning of talks, the visit will conclude with a tour of the NERSC Center at the Oakland Scientific Facility.

Subversion Is OSF Brown Bag Topic on Thursday, October 11

Katie Antypas of the NERSC User Services Group will lead a discussion of the Subversion version control system at Thursday’s noon lunch talk in OSF Room 238. Subversion is a relatively new open-source system designed to be the successor to CVS, with a similar “look and feel” and many improvements. NERSC hosts both CVS and Subversion repositories for NERSC projects.

MSRI, LBNL, SRI to Hold Computation and Cancer Workshop October 24–26

A workshop that focuses on the application of mathematical and computational tools to understand the properties of cancer and other biological systems will be held at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley October 24–26. The workshop — organized by Berkeley Lab Life Sciences Division Director Joe Gray and co-sponsored by LBNL and SRI International — is designed to encourage and support the mathematical community’s involvement in the effort to study cancer using system approaches. For more information, go to http://www.msri.org/calendar/workshops/WorkshopInfo/436/show_workshop.

New HPC Fellowship Award Launched by SC Conference, IEEE and ACM

The Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), IEEE Computer Society and SC Conference Series have announced the first year of the High Performance Computing Ph.D. Fellowship Program. The deadline for Fellowship Applications is Tuesday, October 30, 2007. The HPC Fellowship Award program will be led by a standing committee of NERSC General Manager Bill Kramer, Charles Koelbel of Rice University and Scott Lathrop of Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago.

Complete information, including an application form and requirements, can be found at: http://www.sigarch.org/HPC_Fellowships.html. Questions can be sent via email to hpc-fellowship-questions@acm.org. Students must be nominated by a full-time faculty member at a Ph.D. granting institution. They must be enrolled in a full-time Ph.D. program at an accredited college or university, and they should have completed at least one year of study in their doctoral program at the time of their nomination. Fellowship recipients will be selected based on:

* their overall potential for research excellence
* the degree to which their technical interests align with those of the HPC community
* their academic progress to date, as evidenced by publications and endorsements from their faculty advisor and department head as well as a plan of study to enhance HPC related skills
* the demonstration of their anticipated use of HPC resources.

All applicants must meet minimum scholarship requirements at the institution where they are or will be registered.

Staff Interested in Education Outreach Invited to Attend October 9 Training Session

Berkeley Lab employees are invited to attend a training session on providing science education for school children from noon to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, October 9, in Building 7-R211. Participants will see demonstrations of hands-on activities, learn strategies for effective science teaching, and receive updates on teaching resources and opportunities. Parents and grandparents who want to assist their families with science education are also encouraged to attend. Contact Rollie Otto for more information (x2648 or rjotto@lbl.gov).

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.