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November 18, 2013

DOE Awards $25.4 Million for Exascale Supercomputer Interconnect Design

Under DOE’s new DesignForward initiative, AMD, Cray, IBM, Intel Federal and NVIDIA will work to advance extreme-scale, on the path to exascale, computing technology that is vital to national security, scientific research, energy security and the nation's economic competitiveness. “Berkeley Lab is pleased to place these contracts on behalf of DOE and its laboratories," said Sudip Dosanjh, Director of NERSC.  »Read more.


ESnet Accepts R&D 100 Award for OSCARS

R&D Magazine honored the top 100 new technologies of 2013 at its annual awards event Nov. 7 in Orlando. ESnet’s OSCARS on-demand bandwidth reservation system was among among the eight Berkeley Lab technologies receiving 2013 R&D100 Awards. ESnet’s Chin Guok accepted the award for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences  »Read more


Saul Perlmutter Joins LBL Speakers at SC13 DOE Booth

Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter has joined the lineup of Berkeley Lab’s featured speakers in the DOE SC13 booth (#1327) where he’ll be discussing “Supernovae and Supercomputers” at 10:00am, Wednesday, November 22. That same day at 1:00pm, Kathy Yelick, Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences, presents “Big Data Meets Exascale.” And at 4:00pm Greg Bell, Division Director for Scientific Networking and Head of ESnet, addresses “The Network as an Instrument of Scientific Discovery.”  »Learn more


CRD All-hands Highlights New SCG Leader’s Research

The November’s all-hands meeting for Computational Research Division staff featured a short talk outlining the research philosophy of the new leader of the Scientific Computing Group, Bert de Jong, along with monthly news for employees and an overview of progress and next steps in the computing sciences strategy, presented by Kathy Yelick, ALD for Computing Sciences. The recorded webcast and slides are available on the CRD site to staff with LBL LDAP credentials.  »Log in for more


This Week’s Computing Sciences Seminars

Automating Demand Response: From Hot Summer Events to Any Time

Friday, November 22, 2013; noon-1:00pm; Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium
Mary Ann Piette
, Head, Building Technology and Urban Systems Department, LBNL
Sponsored by
CITRIS (Center for Info Technology Research in the Interest of Society), I4Energy Center

Mary Ann Piette is the Head of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Department and has been at LBNL since 1983. She is also the Director of the Demand Response Research Center (DRRC). The DRRC develops DR technology and the Open Automated Demand Response standard, which is a key element of the NIST Smart Grid standards. OpenADR is being deployed to deliver over 250 MW of DR in California and throughout the US. Ms. Piette develops and evaluates low-energy and demand response technologies for buildings. She specializes in commissioning, energy information systems, benchmarking, and diagnostics.

In 2006 Ms Piette received the Benner Award at the National Conference on Building Commissioning for contributions to making commissioning “business as usual”. Ms. Piette completed her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley in Physical Science. She has a Master’s of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a Licentiate in Building Services Engineering from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Lunch will be served free of charge to registered attendees.
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Links of the Week: Scientists, The Public, The Media and the Political Process

A new review of the literature published in the scholarly journal Public Understanding of Science, examines how scientists perceive the media, public understanding, the political process and their own roles in communicating science. »Read More. The National Academy of Sciences is holding a two-day workshop in Washington, D.C. December 9-10 (and streamed online) that addresses some of the issues raised in the paper. »Learn More and Register for the Webcast.