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January 3, 2012

Call for Proposals: NERSC Initiative for Scientific Exploration (NISE)

NERSC allocates 10% of the total MPP hours on our computational systems through the NERSC Initiative for Scientific Exploration (NISE) program. This year we expect to allocate about 100 million hours to a few large projects.

Users who wish to explore a new research area that requires a large amount of computational resources are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in large scale and/or data intensive proposals.

The NISE award can last for one or two years. PIs granted NISE allocations will be expected to provide NERSC with a brief summary of results from their NISE project each year.

The application form can be found here. The deadline to apply for the NISE award is January 25, 2012.

Elizabeth Bautista Named NERSC CONS Group Lead

On December 19, 2011, NERSC Systems Department Head Jeff Broughton announced the selection of Elizabeth Bautista as the new Computer Operations and ESnet Support Group (CONS) Lead, replacing the retiring Steve Lowe.

Since joining NERSC in 1999, Elizabeth has worked in the CONS group, in workstation support, and in the Computational Systems Group. Being familiar with both operations and system administration, she will bring a unique perspective to leading the CONS group and continuing the tradition of excellent support for both NERSC and ESnet.

Elizabeth currently serves as a Lab representative at the Council of the University of California Staff Assemblies (CUCSA), and has participated in the Broader Engagement program at SC and in the Grace Hopper conference. She has a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and an MBA in Information Technology.

In Memoriam: Jack Goldman, Founder of Xerox PARC

Jacob E. Goldman, the former Xerox chief scientist who created the company’s famed Palo Alto Research Center, whose scientists and engineers invented the modern personal computer in the 1970s and developed an array of other pioneering computing technologies, has died. He was 90. A physicist, Goldman had been the head of the research and development laboratory at Ford Motor Co. before joining Xerox, then based in Rochester, N.Y., as chief scientist in late 1967. At the time, Xerox was the dominant manufacturer of office copiers. But as chief scientist responsible for overseeing all of the company’s research, Goldman quickly focused his attention on new technologies.

Using AT&T’s Bell Laboratories as a model, he sketched out a corporate research center that would engage in basic science independent of any Xerox product line. Goldman recruited physicist George Pake to become the laboratory’s first director, and the Palo Alto Research Center, or PARC, opened near Stanford University in 1970. Xerox PARC researchers went on to invent the modern personal computer, the laser printer, Windows-style computing displays, and the Ethernet, and they played an important role in the development of the Internet.

Read the full obituary.

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.