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August 26, 2013

CRD Vis Expert Burlen Loring Gives Visual Impact to Earth’s Magnetosphere

Burlen Loring of CRD’s Visualization Group has teamed up with Homa Karimabadi, group leader of space plasma simulations at the University of California, San Diego, to create a topological map of Earth’s magnetosphere for global kinetic simulations, allowing them to closely study how space weather affects our magnetosphere. The work is featured in an article posted on the National Institute for Computational Sciences website. The research studies how the Earth’s magnetosphere, a magnetic field extending 60,000 kilometers into space, protects the planet from massive amounts of plasma ejected from our Sun. The project is aimed at gaining a better understanding of how space weather affects our magnetosphere and could help scientists to more accurately predict the impact of solar activity on our planet.  »Read the article.

CS Staff Contribute Expertise to ExaMath Workshop

Alice Koniges of NERSC and Sherry Li and Brian van Straalen of CRD were among the speakers at ExaMath13, a two-day workshop focusing on applied mathematics research opportunities that address the challenges of exascale computing. Held in Washington, D.C., the Aug. 21-22 workshop drew 70 attendees. The workshop was organized by the Exascale Mathematics Working Group (EMWG), of which CRD’s John Bell and Esmond Ng are members.

DOE’s Advanced Scientific Computing Research program formed the EMWG to identify mathematics and algorithms research opportunities that will enable scientific applications to harness the potential of exascale computing. The EMWG's charter is to:

  • Analyze potential gaps in current thinking about applied mathematics for the exascale;
  • Identify new algorithmic approaches that address exascale challenges;
  • Identify mathematics to address new scientific questions accessible at exascale, especially through integration across applied mathematics sub-disciplines;
  • Identify a holistic, co-design approach for applied mathematics exascale research that more directly involves a dialogue with application scientists and computer scientists; and
  • Submit a report of the findings to the DOE Office of Science.

 »Read more about the EMWG and workshop.


Visualization Team Paper Accepted at DFM 2013 Conference

David Camp, Wes Bethel and Hank Childs of CRD’s Visualization Group are authors of “Transitioning Data Flow-Based Visualization Software to Multi-Core Hybrid Parallelism,” a paper accepted for the Data-Flow Execution Models for Extreme Scale Computing (DFM 2013) conference. Childs, also a professor at the University of Oregon, will present the paper Sept. 8 at the conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Free Sept. 11 Presentation on “Math in the Movies” at Berkeley City College

Tony DeRose, a senior scientist and leader of the Research Group at Pixar Animation Studios, will give a free presentation on “Math in the Movies,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 11. RSVP by September 10.The talk is the first in the six-part lecture series Not on the Test: The Pleasures and Uses of Mathematics, co-presented by The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and Berkeley City College and sponsored by the Simons Foundation. The event will be held in the Berkeley City College Auditorium at 2050 Center Street (between Shattuck Ave. and Milvia St., near the Downtown Berkeley BART station). Guests are encouraged to arrive early as seating is limited. »Learn more.

CITRIS Hosts Sept. 12 Conference on Open Data and Democratic Governance

CITRIS, the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society, is hosting a one-day conference on “Can ‘Open Data’ Improve Democratic Governance?” The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, September 12, in Satardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. The conference will explore the impact of open data on public policy and democratic governance in the digital age. Keynote speakers are California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and Stanley S. Litow, President of the IBM International Foundation. »View the full agenda and register.