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InTheLoop | 01.05.2009

The weekly newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences

January 5, 2009

Juan Meza Is Reappointed to SIAM Board of Trustees

Juan Meza, head of Berkeley Lab’s High Performance Computing Research Department, has been re-appointed to a second three-year term to the SIAM Board of Trustees. According to the society’s bylaws, the Board is responsible for the management of SIAM, taking into account the professional and scientific policies and objectives of the organization. SIAM exists to ensure the strongest interactions between mathematics and other scientific and technological communities through membership activities, publication of journals and books, and conferences.

Phil Colella to Give Talks, Meet with Nuclear Modeling Groups in France

Phil Colella, leader of the SciDAC Applied Partial Differential Equations Center and head of LBNL’s Applied Numerical Algorithms Group, will traveling to France later this month, giving two talks and meeting with researchers at the CEA, the Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique or the French Atomic Energy Commission. Colella starts his trip at the January 26–27 seminar on numerical fluid mechanics at the Institut Henri Poincaré, where he will give a talk on “Embedded boundary methods and software for solving partial differential equations in complex geometries.” After that, Colella will be meeting with groups at CEA working on modeling and simulation for nuclear reactors. Finally he will give a talk in the Mathematics Department at the University of Paris on February 2.

Latest Issue of NERSC News Is Available Online

The December 2008 issue of NERSC News can be read online at http://www.nersc.gov/news/nerscnews/NERSCNews_2008_12.pdf. This month’s topics include the Humanities High Performance Computing Program, the Gordon Bell Prize won by the developers of LS3DF, the 2009 allocations, and new INCITE projects.

Fred Johnson Is Retiring from ASCR

After more than 33 years of federal service, Fred Johnson is retiring from the DOE Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), where most recently he was Acting Director of the Research Division. A celebration lunch is planned for Wednesday, January 14, in Gaithersburg, Maryland. If you’re going to be in the DC area that day and would like to attend, contact Amy Clark <Amy.Clark@science.doe.gov> for more information.

NERSC Systems Department Seeks Desktop Support Engineer

The NERSC Systems Department has an open position for a Computer Systems Engineer to be a member of the Desktop Team reporting to the Network, Security, Server and Desktop (NAST) Group Lead. This person will provide design, implementation, configuration, support, troubleshooting and system administration to the NERSC staff regarding desktops, laptops, desktop support servers, wireless networking and infrastructure. Duties will include evaluating, designing, developing, implementing, documenting, and supporting desktop/laptop infrastructure and support servers running various configurations of Mac OS, Linux and Microsoft Windows in a heterogeneous networked computing environment.

Details on this position can be found at http://jobs.lbl.gov/LBNLCareers/details.asp?jid=22532&p=1. For information on the Lab’s Employee Referral Incentive Program (ERIP), go to http://www.lbl.gov/Workplace/HumanResources/ERIP/index_erip.html.

“ASCR Discovery” Features Two Stories about CRD Researchers

After an extended break, the ASCR Discovery webzine is posting new stories that explain and showcase computational science and engineering at DOE laboratories and related work at public and private universities. Recently posted articles at ASCR Discovery include:

ISC’09 Issues Call for Papers; Submissions Due February 1

The International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), Europe’s leading international HPC conference, has issued a call for papers to be presented during the conference scientific sessions. ISC will be held June 23–26, 2009 in Hamburg, Germany. The scientific sessions on Tuesday, June 23, are open forums for engineers and scientists in academia, industry, and government to present and discuss issues, trends, and results that will shape the future of high performance computing and networking. The conference is seeking papers reporting original work in theoretical, experimental, and industrial research and development in the following areas:
  • Applications
  • System Architecture
  • Large-Scale System Organization
  • General Interest Areas
Full papers of not more than eight pages should be submitted in PDF format to cfp@supercomp.de by Sunday, February 1, 2009. Papers will be peer-reviewed by three reviewers and will be evaluated based on their novelty, fundamental insights, and potential for long-term contribution. By proposing a paper, you agree to present the paper at ISC’09 in Hamburg, Germany.

A maximum of 24 accepted papers will be published in a special edition of “Computer Science—Research and Development,” published by Springer Verlag and available at ISC’09 from June 23 on. The ISC’09 Award Committee will choose two papers for the ISC Awards, which will be presented to the winners during the ISC’09 Opening Session. Intel and Sun Microsystems will each sponsor one of the ISC’09 Awards.

For more information, see: http://www.supercomp.de/isc09/Participate/Call-for-Papers.

Link of the Week: Three Sins of Authors in Computer Science and Math

Jonathan Shewchuk, Associate Professor in Computer Science at UC Berkeley, thinks that less than 10 percent of the papers in his field are well written. What he’s looking for is not literary artistry, but papers that get to the point and don’t waste his time. In his essay “Three Sins of Authors in Computer Science and Math,” he critiques three widely accepted practices: “grandmothering,” “a table of contents in a paragraph,” and “conclusions that don’t.” You can read it at http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~jrs/sins.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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