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January 3, 2011

NERSC to Host ASCR Requirements Workshop This Week

NERSC will host a workshop on Large Scale Computing and Storage Requirements for Advanced Scientific Computing Research all day Wednesday and on Thursday morning, January 5–6, at the Oakland Scientific Facility. This workshop is being organized by the Department of Energy’s Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research and NERSC to elucidate computing requirements for applied mathematics, computer science, and integrated networking environment research at NERSC. These requirements will serve as input to the NERSC planning processes for systems and support, and will help ensure that NERSC continues to provide world-class support for scientific discovery to DOE scientists and their collaborators.

This is the fifth in a series of workshops held for each office in the DOE Office of Science. The tangible outcome of the workshop will be a report that includes computing, storage, data, analysis, and support requirements along with a supporting, science-based narrative.

2010 Saw Major Progress toward 100G Network

When DOE announced the Advanced Networking Initiative in 2009, the goal for ESnet was to stimulate development of 100 gigbits per second network technology. By December 2010, participants at the IEEE International Symposium on Advanced Networks and Telecommunications Systems (ANTS) considered the 100G question solved. Researchers are now exploring innovative solutions to deliver a next generation of 100G with higher power efficiency, or jump to the next level in delivering 400G. Read more in part 1 and part 2 of ESnet’s 2010 roundup.

Parisa Farvid Lauded for CS’s 100% Property Accountability

Parisa Farvid of the CS Facilities team received a plaque in December recognizing Computing Sciences’ 100 percent property inventory accountability. Also honored for 100 percent property accountability were Troy Cortez of the Directorate/Operations and Carol Valladao and Maryann Villavert of the Earth Sciences Division. For photos of the award presentation, go here and here.

Kathy Yelick to Speak at JGI User Meeting in March

The Sixth Annual Joint Genome Institute (JGI) User Meeting, with the theme “Genomics of Energy & Environment,” will be held March 22–24 in Walnut Creek, CA. Associate Lab Directory Kathy Yelick will give a presentation on “Hardware and Software Trends in Computational Systems for Biology.” Three of the six workshops will be devoted to the Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) data analysis system, which was jointly developed by JGI and the Biological Data Management and Technology Center (BDMTC) in the Computational Research Division.

Link of the Week: The First Quantum Machine

It may not prove as handy as the Model T, but, conceptually, a tiny machine unveiled this year blows the doors off Henry Ford’s famous car or any other previous machine. Until now, all machines have moved according to the not-surprising laws of classical mechanics, which govern the motion of everyday objects. In contrast, the new gizmo jiggles in ways explicable only by the weird rules of quantum mechanics, which ordinarily govern molecules, atoms, and subatomic particles. The proto-quantum machine opens the way to myriad experimental devices and perhaps tests of our sense of reality. That potential and the ingenuity of the experiment make it Science magazine’s Breakthrough of the Year for 2010.

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 6,000 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 DOE 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.