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LBNL to Highlight Leadership in Computational Science in Presentations at SC2004

October 27, 2004

What kind of scientific breakthroughs can researchers achieve with one million dedicated processor hours on one of the worlds fastest supercomputers? Two million hours? Thanks to a special Department of Energy program, three research groups studying turbulence, astrophysics and chemistry were awarded a total of nearly 5 million hours on the 6,652-processor IBM supercomputer at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC).

Leaders of the three projects, supported under the INCITE, or Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment, program will present their results at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) booth (no. 139) starting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the SC2004 conference in Pittsburgh, Pa.

At the conference, Berkeley Lab will be hosting three days of talks by leading experts in computational science, cyber security, networking, and tools for advancing scientific computing. LBNL will also demonstrate capabilities in scientific visualization, distributed computing, cyber security, scientific data management and cluster performance. Demos and talks will feature results from NERSC, which is located at Berkeley Lab.

“We are extremely proud that the principal investigators of the three INCITE projects have agreed to present their results based on computations performed at NERSC,” said NERSC Division Director Horst Simon. “These presentations, in addition to the other talks in our booth, reflect NERSC’s position as DOE’s leading center for unclassified computational science.”

Visitors to the LBNL booth can also enter a daily drawing to win books signed by LBNL authors: David Bailey’s “Mathematics by Experiment,” Grigory Barenblatt’s “Scaling,” and “Intrusion Detection and Prevention” co-authored by Eugene Schultz and Jim Mellander.

Here is the schedule of talks in the LBNL booth:

Tuesday, November 9
10:45 a.m. – “SciDAC Scientific Data Management Center: Infrastructure and Results,” Arie Shoshani, LBNL

11:30 a.m. ‑ “Science-Driven Visualization Research Challenges,” Wes Bethel, Scientific Visualization Group, LBNL\

1 p.m. ‑ “Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) Introduction,” Horst Simon, LBNL

1:05 p.m. ‑ “Quantum Monte Carlo Study of Photoprotection via Carotenoids in Photosynthetic Centers,” William Lester and Alan Aspuru-Guzik, UC Berkeley College of Chemistry1:45 p.m. ‑ “Thermonuclear Supernovae: Stellar Explosions in Three Dimensions,” Tomasz Plewa and Timur Linde, University of Chicago

2:30 p.m. ‑ “Fluid Turbulence and Mixing at High Reynolds Number,” Pui-Kuen Yeung and Diego Donzis, Georgia Institute of Technology

3:15 p.m. “Comprehensive Scientific Support of Large Scale Parallel Computation,” David Skinner, LBNL

4 p.m. – “Modeling Core-Collapse Supernovae at NERSC,” Douglas Swesty and Eric Myra, Department of Physics and Astronomy, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Wednesday, November 10
10:45 a.m. – “Performance Understanding, Prediction, and Tuning at the Berkeley Institute for Performance Studies,” Kathy Yelick, LBNL and UC Berkeley

11:30 a.m. – “Performance of a Cosmology Package on Leading Vector and Superscalar Architectures,” Lenny Oliker, LBNL

1 p.m. ‑ “The Advanced Networks and Services Underpinning Modern, Large-Scale Science: DOE’s ESnet,” William E. Johnston, LBNL

1:45 p.m. – “Overview of the Bro-Lite Intrusion Detection System,” Brian Tierney, LBNL

2:30 p.m. – “The Return of the Cube: Spinning the Security of SCinet,” Stephen Lau LBNL

3:15 p.m. – “Keeping Dirty Computers Off the Network with NETS,” James Rothfuss, LBNL

4 p.m. – “FusionGrid: Bringing the Sun to the Earth,” David Schissel, General Atomics

Thursday, November 11
10:45 a.m. – “Twelve Ways to Fool the Masses: Back to the Future,” David Bailey, LBNL

11:30 a.m. ‑ “Scaling First Principles Nanoscience and Materials Science Codes to Thousands of Processors,” Andrew Canning, LBNL

1 p.m. – “PDSF CHOS,” Shane Canon, LBNL

About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Computing Sciences organization provides the computing and networking resources and expertise critical to advancing the Department of Energy's research missions: developing new energy sources, improving energy efficiency, developing new materials and increasing our understanding of ourselves, our world and our universe.

ESnet, the Energy Sciences Network, provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at 40 DOE research sites to each other and to experimental facilities and supercomputing centers around the country. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) powers the discoveries of 6,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities, including those at Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division (CRD). CRD conducts research and development in mathematical modeling and simulation, algorithm design, data storage, management and analysis, computer system architecture and high-performance software implementation. NERSC and ESnet are DOE Office of Science User Facilities.

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