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InTheLoop | 12.17.2007

The weekly newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences

December 17, 2007

Esmond Ng Joins Editorial Board of SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing

Esmond Ng, head of CRD’s Scientific Computing Group, has accepted an invitation to serve on the editorial board of the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing. He will begin the three-year term on January 1.

SIAM, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, publishes 14 journals. Ng, whose research interests include sparse matrix computation, numerical linear algebra and parallel computing, also is on the editorial board of the SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications. He has been on that board since 1997 and is now serving his fourth term.

New Issue of ESnet News Is Now Available Online

Check out the latest ESnet News, which features an update on the ESnet4 project, a demonstration of a new circuits provisioning service at SC07, a new web site that offers user-friendly tips for ensuring a trouble-free data transfer, and the results of a DOE operational review. The newsletter can be found at http://www.es.net/hypertext/ESnet-News-4Q-2007.pdf.


Several Berkeley Lab Researchers, Projects Featured in the Latest SciDAC Review

The Winter 2007 issue of SciDAC Review features several articles pertaining to Berkeley Lab, including:

  • Kathy Yelick’s appointment as NERSC Division Director
  • a conversation between Jon Bashor and George Smoot on the growing role of computation in cosmology
  • Julian Borrill’s article “Mapping the Universe to the Beginning of Time”
  • NERSC’s and ORNL’s contributions to the IPCC report on climate change, which earned a share in the Nobel Peace Prize
  • an article on the SciDAC Outreach Center, led by NERSC’s David Skinner
  • the research of the SciDAC Performance Engineering Research Institute (PERI), whose researchers include CRD’s David Bailey (PI), Kathy Yelick and Dan Gunter.

You can read SciDAC Review at http://www.scidacreview.org/0704/index.html.

“Building Effective Virtual Organizations” Workshop Will Webcast Sessions

A workshop on “Building Effective Virtual Organizations,” to be held in Washington, DC on January 14–16, 2008, is already full, but participation via Webcast is still open. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Office of Cyberinfrastructure, the workshop issued this invitation:

“Virtual organizations are increasingly central to the science and engineering projects funded by the National Science Foundation. Indeed, if you are a researcher or educator, chances are that you if don’t already lead or participate in at least one distributed team, you will soon.

“Unfortunately, chances are also that you have never been told how to establish such teams, how to make them successful, or what technologies exist that can help them function effectively. You probably haven’t had many opportunities to interact with others building, or just working in, virtual organizations, either.

“Our goal at this workshop is to help address this knowledge gap. We have assembled a world-class lineup of speakers, including virtual organization veterans from academia and industry, developers of virtual organization technologies, and social scientists with years of experience studying what makes virtual organizations succeed (and fail)…. We invite you to take this opportunity to come and learn what is required to make virtual organizations successful, and to establish new connections that will help you succeed in your research and education projects in the future.”

For information about the Webcast, please send email to kwakeman@stny.rr.com.

DHS Is Accepting Applications for 2008 Scholarship and Fellowship Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced program guidelines for the fall 2008 competition cycle of the DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program. Undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships, including full tuition and a monthly stipend, are available for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

If you know any students who might qualify, they can find complete information at http://www.orau.gov/dhsed/. The deadline for submitting an application is January 7, 2008.

Reminder: Shut Down Computers, Peripherals Before Leaving for Holiday Break

Lab computers are targeted more frequently over holidays than at any other time. Please shut down your computer unless it is absolutely necessary that it stay running. If you must keep it running, be sure to update the security patches so that it does not fall prey to attacks. If you think your system has been attacked, contact the Computer Protection Program. Those with computer security-related emergencies can call x7770.

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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.