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July 18, 2016

New Training Videos Leverage ESnet’s Expertise to Improve Network Performance around the World

ESnet and the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) at the University of Oregon are teaming up to create an extensive video training library to help organizations improve the performance of their networks by deploying the perfSONAR network measurement tools and the Science DMZ network architecture.

One of the first institutions to benefit from the project will be the University of Guam. NSRC staff are flying to the U.S. territory in the Pacific on July 25 to help the university improve its campus network and set up a high-speed link to the University of Hawaii.

“We’ve developed a good working relationship with NSRC over the past several years, and we started talking about this video project in early 2015 as a way to efficiently transfer ESnet’s expertise to anyone interested in network performance, from DOE scientists to other research organizations,” said ESnet’s Eli Dart, who developed the Science DMZ architecture. “They do a lot of good work in all corners of the world, helping research organizations in emerging economies around the world get up to speed fast and help them bootstrap the development of  science networks where it was not possible before.”

SCinet Network Research Exhibition Call for Participation

SCinet is soliciting proposals from research and industry participants to display new or innovative demonstrations in network testbeds, emerging network hardware, protocols and advanced network intensive scientific applications at SC16. The deadline for submissions is Monday, August 1.

DOE Awards 157 Million Supercomputer Hours to Four Berkeley Lab Researchers

Four Berkeley Lab researchers—Peter Nugent, Kristin Persson, David Trebotich and Lin-Wang Wang—have been awarded a total of 157 million processor hours through the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2016 ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC).

The Advanced Scientific Computing Research program, which manages the ALCC, announced 49 ALCC awards in all for 2016, totaling 3 billion processor hours. The supercomputing allocations will be delivered across three DOE Office of Science user facilities: Berkeley Lab’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility and the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing facility.

NERSC Supercomputers Help ID Efficiency-Limiting Defects in LEDs

Using state-of-the-art theoretical methods and supercomputing resources at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara have identified a class of point defects in light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that help explain efficiency losses observed in these devices. Their work, which was published in Applied Physics Letters, points the way toward the fabrication of more efficient LEDs, a central goal for solid-state lighting and an array of other electronic and optoelectronic devices.

SC16 Birds-of-a-Feather Submissions Due July 31

Submissions for SC16's popular Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are being accepted through Sunday, July 31. BoF sessions are among the most interactive and well-attended sessions of the SC Conference Series. They provide a non-commercial, dynamic venue for conference attendees to openly discuss current topics of focused mutual interest within the HPC community, with a deep emphasis on audience-guided discussion, professional networking and grassroots participation.

This Week's CS Seminars

»CS Seminars Calendar

Monday, July 18

MSRI-LBNL 2016 Summer School on Electronic Structure Theory Seminar
Monday, July 18-July 29, 8:30a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Bldg. 59, Room 3101

Ab initio or first principle electronic structure theories, particularly represented by Kohn-Sham density functional theory (KS-DFT), have been developed into workhorse tools with a wide range of scientific applications in chemistry, physics, materials science, biology etc. What is needed are new techniques that greatly extend the applicability and versatility of these approaches. At the core, many of the challenges that need to be addressed are essentially mathematical. The purpose of this week-long workshop is to provide graduate students a self-contained introduction to electronic structure theory, with particular emphasis on frontier topics in aspects of applied analysis and numerical methods.

Wednesday, July 20

Cyclotron Road Seminar Series: Genome Approach to Organic Materials Design for Improved Charge Transport in Lithium-Sulfur Batteries
Wednesday, July 20, 11a.m. - 12:30p.m.
Bldg. 67, Room 3111
Peter Frischmann, Sepion Technologies

Lithium-sulfur batteries promise low-cost, energy-dense storage for electric vehicles with the potential for a three-fold cost reduction compared to today’s lithium-ion technology. Sepion has demonstrated a new class of polymer membranes to improve the longevity of lithium-sulfur batteries at high power densities over sustained periods of time.

Peter Frischmann has devoted the last 10 years to advanced materials R&D and has leveraged his expertise to next-generation energy storage technologies for the last five years, with a focus on self-assembly and hybrid organic/inorganic materials.