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March 8, 2010

Bill Fortney to Serve as Interim CS Deputy for Operations

Computing Sciences Business Manager Bill Fortney will act as the Interim CS Deputy for Operations beginning Monday, March 15, while CS Deputy Michael Banda is out on medical leave for four to six weeks. Managers and supervisors should refer all operational and administrative matters to Fortney during this time. All programmatic issues should be referred directly to Horst Simon (CS and CRD) or Kathy Yelick (NERSC).

“I would like to thank Bill for taking on this added responsibility during this time of transition,” said Horst Simon.

After returning from medical leave, Banda will begin a gradual transition to his new position as Division Deputy at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source. The exact date for his transfer has not been set, but a transition plan that spans one to two months is being discussed. The CS Deputy position has been posted, and a search committee, chaired by Deb Agarwal, has been appointed.

Broughton and Canon to Speak at OpenFabrics Alliance Workshop

The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA), an organization that develops, tests, licenses and distributes multi-platform, open-source software for high-performance computing and datacenter applications, is holding its Sixth Annual International Sonoma Workshop on March 14–17 at The Lodge at Sonoma. The theme of this year’s workshop is “Exascale to Enterprise.”

Jeff Broughton, head of NERSC’s Systems Department, will give a talk on “Hybrid and Multicore Architectures” at the workshop. Shane Canon, leader of NERSC’s Technology Integration Group, will speak on “Cloud Computing and Networking.”

Dov Poznanski Selected for NASA Einstein Postdoctoral Fellowship

NASA has announced the selection of the 2010 Einstein Fellows who will conduct research related to its Physics of the Cosmos program, which aims to expand our knowledge of the origin, evolution, and fate of the Universe. The Einstein Fellowship provides support to the awardees for three years, and the Fellows may pursue their research at a host university or research center of their choosing in the United States.

Dov Poznanski, a guest researcher in the Computational Cosmology Center in CRD, was among those chosen as Einstein Fellows. Last year he rediscovered an unusual supernova in seven-year-old data that may be the first example of a new type of exploding star.

Wes Bethel Earns PhD in Computer Science at UC Davis

While serving as leader of CRD’s Visualization and Analytics Group, as well as Coordinating Principal Investigator of the SciDAC Visualization and Analytics Center for Enabling Technology, Wes Bethel recently earned his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Davis.

His dissertation, titled “High Performance Visualization,” examines topics in parallel visualization architectures and query-driven visualization to meet the challenges posed in visual exploration and analysis of ever-larger and more complex scientific data being produced by simulation and collected by experiments.

Bethel had earned his MS in Computer Science in 1986 from the University of Tulsa, and between then and now, deferred working on his PhD to focus on professional endeavors and on raising a child. His doctoral studies were supported by Berkeley Lab’s Tuition Reimbursement Program, which is a benefit available to career employees working 50% time or more.

Lab Seeks Mentors for Summer Interns

A message from Berkeley Lab Director Paul Alivisatos:

“The Center for Science and Engineering Education (CSEE) is seeking mentors for Berkeley Lab’s undergraduate, high school student, teacher and faculty internship programs that begin in June. Last summer we had 142 mentors providing guidance for 160 interns, and we’d like to increase that number this year.

“One of the most important roles that we play in our careers is that of mentoring and developing the next generation. I want to encourage everyone to take this role seriously and consider participating if at all possible. The Lab depends on volunteers to provide these enriching and life-changing experiences for young scientists, engineers, teachers, and faculty members.”

For more information about CSEE’s internship programs, including dates and funding details, go here. Anyone interested in working with students or teachers should email csee@lbl.gov or call x5511.

CRA-W CAPP Career Mentoring Workshop Deadline Is April 15

The Computing Research Association Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) has announced that the 2010 CAPP Professional Development Workshop will be held June 25–26 in Providence, Rhode Island. The goal of the workshop is to increase the percentage of computer science and engineering women faculty members and researchers who reach the top of their respective career tracks. The cornerstone of the CAPP workshop will be the involvement of senior women, appointed as CRA-W Distinguished Professors or Researchers, who will serve as role models, mentors, and advisers to the cohort.

Applications will be accepted through April 15. CRA-W can reimburse a substantial number of participants working at U.S. institutions for registration, lodging and travel expenses thanks to generous support from the National Science Foundation, IBM, Microsoft, and a private foundation.

This Week’s Computing Sciences Seminars

Reinventing Internet with Platforms for Innovations
Monday, March 8, 10:30 am–12:00 pm, 50B-4205
Guru Parulkar, Clean Slate Program, Stanford University

The Stanford Clean Slate Program’s mission is to reinvent Internet infrastructure and services by creating “platforms for innovations” in networking, computing, and storage, with emphasis on mobile computing, and making them available to research and user communities.

In this talk I will present key platforms for innovations including OpenFlow that are being pursued and how they would potentially shape the future Internet — faster than one would imagine.

Telling Compelling Stories with Numbers
Tuesday, March 9, 2:00–3:00 pm, 50B-4205
Stephen Few, Principal, Perceptual Edge

Stephen Few will show that a picture is indeed worth a thousand words—but not every picture. Simple graphical representations of information can tell important stories clearly and compellingly, but only when they’re designed with an understanding of how people see and think. Otherwise, graphs fail to inform and can even entirely mislead.

(Stephen Few teaches practical data visualization techniques for analyzing and presenting quantitative information. He speaks internationally and teaches in the MBA program at the University of California in Berkeley. He is also the author of three information visualization books: Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten; Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data; and Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis.)

Overview of RIST Activities and the Status of Japan’s HPCs Project, and Progress of Large-Scale Simulation Researches on Finding New Materials and Designing a THz Device
Wednesday, March 10, 11:15 am–12:15 pm, 50F-1647
Dr. Hisashi Nakamura & Dr. Mikio Iizuka, Research Organization for Information Science and Technology (RIST), Tokyo, Japan

We will briefly introduce our organization and activities for the HPC community and talk about the status of Japan’s supercomputer project that is now developing a 10 petaflops, scalar-type machine for all purposes of science and technology, scheduled to start full service operation at Kobe in June 2012.

We will then introduce some recent progress of large scale simulations for finding new nanocarbons and designing a device generating continuous THz waves through exciting the high-temperature superconductor, using a vector parallel machine, Earth Simulator-2. We also show some optimizing experiences on target software for reducing computing time.

Link of the Week: The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. The Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages (The Wayback Machine), and is working to provide specialized services relating to training, education, or adaptive reading or information access needs of blind or other persons with disabilities.

The Archive was founded in 1996 and recently relocated to a former Christian Science church and office complex in the Richmond District of San Francisco. The façade of the church bears an uncanny resemblance to the Archive’s Greek temple logo, which was designed 16 years ago.

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.