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December 16, 2013

ESnet's Michael Bennett Recognized by IEEE for Work in Energy Efficiency

Michael Bennett, head of ESnet's Network Engineering Group, has been awarded an IEEE-SA Standards Medallion for his work in helping to create energy-saving standards for devices with Ethernet connections. The standards are expected to help save terawatts of otherwise-wasted electricity by automatically switching networked components to energy-saving modes when not in use. The award was presented by the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) at its annual awards ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.Bennett was recognized for his role as chair of the IEEE 802.3az Energy-Efficient Ethernet Task Force and for his contributions promoting the adoption of energy-efficiency techniques in Ethernet projects after 802.3az. »Read more.

Richard Gerber Named NERSC User Services Group Lead

Richard Gerber has been named leader of the NERSC User Services Group (USG), effective immediately. He takes over for Katie Antypas, who was appointed head of the NERSC Services Department in September. In his new role, Gerber will be responsible for managing a group that works to increase the scientific productivity of NERSC's 4,700 users. USG is responsible for problem management and consulting, assisting with code optimization and debugging, strategic project support, training, web documentation and third-party application and programming library support. »Read more.

Berkeley Lab Hosts Scientific Computing Day

On December 11, Berkeley Lab hosted Bay AreaScientific Computing Day (BASCD)—an annual one-day meeting to foster interactions and collaborations between researchers in the fields of scientific computing, computational science and engineering from the San Francisco Bay Area. More than 70 researchers from across Northern California attended the meeting.

As meeting chair, Bert de Jong, leader of the Scientific Computing Group (SCG) in the Computational Research Division (CRD), joined Berkeley Lab Deputy Director Horst Simon in welcoming attendees to the meeting. Alexander Kemper and François-Henry Rouet, both SCG research scientists, participated in the BASCD program. Kemper presented his work on "numerical modeling of non-equilibrium phenomena and spectroscopy," and Rouet talked about his work "using random butterfly transformations in a sparse direct solver."

A lunchtime poster session also gave a handful of attendees an opportunity to share their research. Alex Boyd of the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) and Kjiersten Fagnan of NERSC presented a poster on JAMO, a new metadata organizer and archive that streamlines JGI data management (see item below). John Wu of CRD's Scientific Data Management Group (SDM) presented a poster on advanced machine learning algorithms for detecting anomalies in prices during the California electricity crisis of 2000 and 2001. Richard Luis Martin of CRD's SCG presented a poster that illustrates his work in computational screening technique for porous materials to be used in clean-energy applications, such as carbon capture.

Rachel Lance and Mocha Gardner provided administrative and logistical support for BASCD. »Read more.

JAMO Streamlines JGI Data Management

A new centralized data management system now up and running at NERSC is helping researchers at the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) deal more efficiently and effectively with the vast amounts of data yielded by increasingly complex bioinformatics projects. The JGI Archive and Metadata Organizer (JAMO), which came online in August after the Data 'n Archive (DnA) file system went live, started as a collaboration between the Sequence Data Management (SDM), Quality Assurance and Quality Control and Genome Assembly groups at JGI. It has been a cross-program effort at JGI and cross-divisional effort between JGI and NERSC. »Read more.

Many Hands in CS Help Lift Materials Project to New Heights

Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences' talent and resources combined to help grow the Materials Project into the world-changing idea it is today. The Materials Project aims to take the guesswork out of finding the best material for a job—be it a new battery electrode or a lightweight spacecraft body—by making the characteristics of every inorganic compound available to any interested scientist. »Read more.

Leaves of Absence Info Session Today at 10 a.m.

The Women Scientists and Engineers Council (WSEC) Work/Life Balance Subgroup is hosting a presentation on leaves of absence at the Lab, followed by discussion/ Q&A. It will take place in the Bldg. 50 auditorium from 10-11 a.m. Monday, December 16. The purpose is to raise awareness on the process and policy, and to answer questions. All employees are invited to attend, including managers and supervisors, to learn more about employee rights, as well as laws and policies governing the programs at the Lab.

»Please email  dio@lbl.gov to request access to a live stream.

Links of the Week: Tracking Santa, High-tech Style

Parents all over North America once listened as anxiously as their children for news that NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) has spotted Santa. With excited children finally in bed, weary parents could begin a toy-assembling marathon they could only hope would be completed by day break. Today, tracking Santa has become quite an elaborate affair. Microsoft and Google are both apparently tailing the jolly elf on web sites so elaborate and engaging, parents may never get their kids to bed. Check these out at your own risk:
»Google Santa Tracker
»Microsoft (NORAD) Santa Tracker

No Computing Sciences Seminars This Week

Late-breaking seminars will be added to the CS Seminars Calendar and announced to CS staff via email.
»View the CS Seminars calendar.