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November 25, 2013

NERSC Neutrino Hunter Co-authors Science Cover Story

New results from IceCube, the neutrino observatory buried at the South Pole, were featured on the cover of Science Friday, thanks to the help of both NERSC resources and staff. Lisa Gerhardt, formerly of the Nuclear Sciences Division and now with NERSC, was a coauthor on the November 22, 2013 article entitled, "Evidence for High-Energy Extraterrestrial Neutrinos at the IceCube Detector." The IceCube Collaboration relies on NERSC's PDSF system and staff, including Iwona Sakrejda, to sift out neutrino signals from cosmic background noises. »Read more.


CS-Powered Materials Project Tops Scientific American's World-Changing Ideas

Scientific American featured an LBNL Computing Sciences-powered project on its December cover as a top world-changing idea of 2013. The Materials Project is an open, web-hosted database developed in collaboration between LBNL and MIT. It allows scientists using supercomputers and quantum mechanical equations to design "new materials atom by atom, before ever running an experiment," wrote MIT PI's Gerbrand Ceder and Kristin Persson in their article. Many people from the LBNL CS Divisions had a hand in making this possible. NERSC is the computing and database engine for the project where it has been made accessible to scientists around the world through a web-based Science Gateway developed by Shreyas Cholia, David Skinner and Annette Greiner. Dan Gunter of the Advanced Computing for Sciences (ACS) Department of the Computational Research Division led development of the data architecture behind the project. Miriam Brafman of ACS is designing innovative new web interfaces for dynamically exploring the data and launching new analyses. »Read the Scientific American article.


LNBL to Host Bay Area Scientific Computing Day

The Bay Area Scientific Computing Day (BASCD) will be hosted by LBNL on December 11, 2013. BASCD is an annual one-day meeting focused on fostering interactions and collaborations between San Francisco Bay Area researchers in scientific computing, computational science and engineering. Bert de Jong, leader of the Scientific Computing Group in the Computational Research Division, chairs this year's meeting. The speakers at this year's meeting include Kevin Carlberg (Sandia), Erin Carson (UC Berkeley), Lixin Ge (SLAC), Jeff Irion (UC Davis), Lex Kemper (LBNL), Christian Linder (Stanford University), Ding Lu (UC Davis), Ali Mani (Stanford University), François-Henry Rouet (LBNL), Cindy Rubio-Gonzalez (UC Berkeley), Khachik Sargsyan (Sandia) and Samuel Skillman (SLAC).

»Visit the BASCD web site for details.
»Register for free. (Deadline Nov. 30, 2013)


NERSC 2014 Deadlines Approaching

DECEMBER 8, 11:59 PM Pacific Time | NERSC Initiative for Scientific Exploration (NISE)
NERSC Users may now submit requests for the 2014 program. The deadline to apply is Sunday December 8, 11:59 PM Pacific Time. About 100 million MPP hours will be available for the 2014 allocation year (January 14, 2014 - January 12, 2015). »Read more.

DECEMBER 10, 11:59 PM Pacific Time | Data Intensive Computing Pilot Program
This pilot aims to support and enable scientists to tackle their most demanding data intensive challenges. Selected projects for this second round of awards will be piloting new methods and technologies targeting data management, analysis, and dissemination. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, December 10, 11:59 PM Pacific Time. »Read more.

DECEMBER 16, 2013 | 2014 NERSC Achievement Awards
Nominations are open for the 2014 NERSC Award for Innovative Use of High Performance Computing and the 2014 NERSC Award for High Impact Scientific Achievement. NERSC principal investigators, project managers, PI proxies, and DOE program managers may nominate any NERSC user or collaboration. The deadline for nominations is Monday December 16, 2013. »Read more.


SC13: ESnet, NERSC, CalTech Bring 90 Gbps Big Data Transfers to Show Floor

ESnet, the Department of Energy's high-bandwidth network, worked with Caltech and DOE's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) to move large data files at an average 90 gigabits per second (Gbps) to the SC13 conference in Denver. »Read more.


SC13: Erich Strohmaier, Horst Simon Quoted in PCWorld, Wired

Erich Strohmaier, of the Computational Research Division, and Horst Simon, former ALD for Computing Sciences and current Deputy Lab Director, were quoted in a PCWorld article about the unusual concentration of flop/s in this year's Top500 list of supercomputers. Strohmaier and Simon help compile the list every year. »Read the PCWorld article. Simon also commented in Wired about efforts to build supercomputers from cellphone processors. »Read the Wired article.


SC13: LBNL Photos

Didn't make it to SC13? »Check out the photos on Facebook.


NERSC Hosts Two-Day Workshop on GW Code Package

On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22-23, NERSC hosted a training workshop on The BerkeleyGW Package, a set of computer codes that calculates the quasiparticle properties and the optical responses of a large variety of materials from bulk periodic crystals to nanostructures such as slabs, wires and molecules. The workshop was organized by Jack Deslipppe of NERSC and CRD's Andrew Canning was among the presenters. Forty-five participants joined 10 organizers at the workshop. The training is in conjunction with the SciDAC project Scalable Computational Tools for Discovery and Design–Excited State Phenomena in Energy Materials. »Read More.


No Computing Sciences Seminar This Week

No seminars are yet posted for the week of November 25, 2013.

Any late-breaking seminars will be posted to the calendar as they are announced.

»View the CS Seminars calendar.


Link of the Week: Want Women Scientists? Change Girls' Toys!

If you want girls to grow up to be scientists and engineers, then give them more inspiring toys. That's the mission of GoldieBlox, a toy company founded by Stanford engineering school graduate Debbie Sterling, and playfully demonstrated in a video that Adam Mordecai of Upworthy blogged about recently:

"Fewer than 3 in 10 graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are women. And barely 1 in 10 actual engineers are women. Early in a girl's life, the toys marketed to her are usually things that don't encourage her to enter those fields. GoldieBlox intends to change that by teaching them while they are young that these fields can be fun — and apparently epic, by the looks of this super-genius two-minute video," Mordecai writes.

»Watch the video.


InTheLoop Archive has Moved to New CS Web Site

An index of past InTheLoops (from 2010 on) is now on the new Computing Sciences website at: http://cs.lbl.gov/news-media/intheloop/. Issues from 1997 to 2009 will be moved over as time permits.