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InTheLoop 11.23.2015

November 23, 2015

Berkeley Lab Researchers Take Home SC15 Honors

A number of Berkeley Lab researchers were honored for their research and contributions to the field of high performance computing (HPC) at this year's SC15 Conference. Held Nov. 15-20 in Austin, Texas, the international HPC conference is sponsored by the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and IEEE Computer Society and is often the chosen venue for bestowing honors on the best and brightest in the field.

Berkeley Lab brought home these SC15 honors:

  • 2015 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award, Kathy Yelick
  • Test of Time Award, David Bailey and Horst Simon
  • IEEE TCSC Award for Early Career Researchers, Aydín Buluç
  • Silver Award, ACM Research Competition for Undergrads, Luther Martin
  • HPCwire's Readers Choice Award for Best Use of HPC Application in Life Sciences, a team from Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences, including Lenny Oliker and Kathy Yelick, the Joint Genome Institute and UC Berkeley

»Read more about Berkeley Lab's SC15 honorees.

OpenMSI Wins R&D100 Award

OpenMSI, the most advanced web-available tool for analyzing and visualizing mass spectrometry instruments (MSI) data was one of seven Berkeley Lab winners of R&D100 awards announced last week.

Oliver Rübel of the Computational Research Division and Ben Bowen of the Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology Division led the development of OpenMSI with collaboration from NERSC.

MSI technology enables scientists to study tissues, cell cultures, and bacterial colonies in unprecedented detail at the molecular level. As the mass and spatial resolution of MS instruments increase, so do the number of pixels in MS images and data size. Nowadays, MSI datasets range from tens of gigabytes to several terabytes. Thus, basic tasks like opening a file or plotting spectra and ion images become insurmountable challenges.

OpenMSI overcomes these obstacles by making highly optimized computing technologies available via a user-friendly interface. Because OpenMSI leverages NERSC’s resources to process, analyze, store, and serve massive MSI datasets, users can now work on their data at full-resolution and in real-time without any special hardware or software. They can also access their data on any device with an internet connection.  »Read more.

Register Now for Bay Area Scientific Computing Day

There's only one week left to register for this year's Bay Area Scientific Computing Day (BASCD). This year's meeting, organized by CRD's Marc Day and Chao Yang, will be held at Berkeley Lab. The annual BASCD meeting aims to foster interactions and collaborations between researchers in the fields of scientific computing and computational science and engineering from the San Francisco Bay Area and nearby regions. Participants are encouraged to present posters. Registration closes next Monday, Nov. 30. »Visit the BASCD 2015 site to learn more and register.

NERSC's 'Edison' Moving, 'Hopper' Retiring

NERSC users are in for some changes over the coming weeks as the center moves from the Oakland Scientific Facility (OSF) to its new home on the Berkeley Lab campus, Wang Hall computational research and theory facility or CRT. On November 30, NERSC's Cray system nicknamed "Edison" goes offline and will remain so for six weeks for the move. On December 15, the center's other OSF-based Cray, "Hopper" will be decommissioned. "Cori" phase 1 is online now, but NERSC staff warn that December system availability will be limited. NERSC PI's have been urged to use their allocations in November while both Hopper and Edison remain online.  »Learn more about the planned move.