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June 30, 2014

Vern Paxson Receives 2015 IEEE Internet Award

Vern Paxson, a faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab and a professor at UC Berkeley, is a co-recipient of the 2015 IEEE Internet Award for exceptional contributions to the advancement of Internet technology. He shares the honor with KC Claffy, of the San Diego Supercomputer Center based at UC San Diego. The researchers were recognized for their “seminal contributions to the field of Internet measurement, including security and network data analysis.” Both were also commended for providing open access data and tools to the Internet community. »Read more

Ten Projects Awarded NERSC Allocations via ALCC

Under the Department of Energy’s (DOE's) ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC) program, 10 research teams at national laboratories and universities have been awarded 382.5 million hours of computing time at NERSC. The ALCC, managed by DOE’s Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) awards time to researchers to pursue “high-risk, high-payoff” simulation research in energy-mission areas and national emergency mitigation. »Read more.

'Thirsty' Metals Key to Longer Battery Lifetimes

We all know the frustration of a cellphone that dies when you’re in the middle of a conversation or a car that won’t start when you’re running late for work (and you don’t have jumper cables). Wouldn’t it be great if your cellphone lasted a week on a single charge and the battery in your hybrid could go months between charges?

The key to increasing battery capacity lies in using multiply charged metal atoms that have a higher oxidation state than lithium and figuring out how to keep the atoms stable, according to researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Using supercomputing resources at NERSC, they recently demonstrated how to stabilize aluminum, calcium and magnesium atoms, which they say could double or triple the amount of charge that can be stored in a battery. »Read more

Anubhav Jain Answers 10 Questions

Anubhav Jain, a research scientist/chemist in Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division and recipient of NERSC’s 2014 early career award for innovative use of HPC, is the subject of a “10 questions” interview posted on the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) website. Jain, who developed FireWorks, free, open-source software for defining, managing and executing scientific workflows, works on the Materials Project. Before joining EETD, he was an Alvarez post-doc fellow in CRD.  

When asked ”What's the coolest thing about your work?,” Jain answered “I get to interact with a lot of different projects and a lot of different people, which allows me to learn about a lot of different topics. But the really cool thing I have is access to the supercomputers at NERSC and I get to run millions of processor-hours on those supercomputers. Not many people get to do that.” »Read more

ESnet Mentioned in GCN Story About Science DMZ

A recent Government Computer News (GCN) article about the growing number of government agencies to adopt a Science DMZ network topology acknowledges ESnet's work in promoting the benefits of this setup to scientific research communities. »Read more

This Week's CS Seminars

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Bringing Private Cloud Computing to HPC and Science: Present and Future

Thursday, July 3, 2 pm - 3 pm, Bldg. 50B Rm 4205

Ignacio Llorente, Director of the OpenNebula Project and co-founder of C12G Labs

HPC-optimized clouds provide access to flexible and elastic scientific and technical computing to solve complex problems and drive innovation. The talk will describe the most demanded features for building HPC and science clouds, and will illustrate using real-life case studies from leading research and industry organizations how OpenNebula effectively addresses these challenges of cloud usage, scheduling, security, networking and storage. The keynote will end with a view of private cloud's future in HPC and science, and grid as the foundation of cloud federation.