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Berkeley Lab to Showcase HPC and Networking Leadership in Talks, Demos at SC06

November 1, 2006

Computing and networking experts from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will share their leadership expertise via talks, technical papers and demonstrations at the SC06 conference to be held Nov. 11-17 in Tampa, Fla.

Technical Program Presentations
Berkeley Lab is also well represented in the SC06 technical program, with LBNL staff presenting research in technical paper, tutorial and poster sessions, invited talks, workshops and a Birds-of-a-Feather session. Here is a list of presentations by LBNL staff:

  • “25 Years of Accelerator Modeling,” Masterworks presentation, Robert Ryne, Accelerator and Fusion Research Division
  • “ESnet,” Education Program plenary talk, Bill Johnston, Computational Research Division
  • “Detecting Distributed Scans Using High-Performance Query-Driven Visualization,” technical paper, Kurt Stockinger, E. Wes Bethel, Scott Campbell, Eli Dart, and Kesheng Wu, Computational Research Division
  • “Optimized Collectives for PGAS Languages with One-Sided Communication,” poster, Dan Bonachea, Paul Hargrove, Rajesh Nishtala, Michael Welcome, Katherine Yelick, Computational Research Division
  • “Computing Protection in Open HPC Environments,” tutorial, Stephen Q. Lau, Scott Campbell, William T. Kramer, Brian L. Tierney, NERSC Division
  • “The HPC Challenge (HPCC) Benchmark Suite,” tutorial, David Bailey, co-presenter, Computational Research Division
  • “Best Practice in HPC Procurements,” workshop, Bill Kramer, NERSC Division
  • “TOP500 Supercomputers,” Birds of a Feather, Erich Strohmaier, Computational Research Division

Additionally, Zhengji Zhao, Lin-Wang Wang, Juan Meza, Andrew Canning and Osni Marques of LBNL’s Computational Research Division will give presentations during the Second IEEE/ACM International Workshop on High Performance Computing for Nano-science and Technology (HPCNano06) to be held in conjunction with SC06.

Booth Demonstrations and Talks
Berkeley Lab, located in booth 1812, will present demonstrations of a number of tools and techniques developed to advance scientific computing and networking. Booth demonstrations will include the following:

  • The Bro Cluster for Intrusion Detection on a 10 Gig Network
  • Using FastBit for High-Performance Visual Analysis of Numerical and Text Data: Mining the Enron Email Archive
  • Python Tools for Automatically Wrapping Legacy Codes as Grid Services
  • Tool for Validating Compatibility and Interoperability of Storage Resource Managers (SRMs) for Heterogeneous Storage Systems
  • ACTS Collection User Support Clinic
  • Using VisIt to Visualize and Analyze AMR Data of Turbulent Reactive Chemistry Simulations
  • Plasma Wakefield Acceleration Visualization
  • High Performance Visualization using an 8-socket, 16-core Opteron Machine

Talks in the LBNL booth will cover three Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) projects led by Berkeley Lab, the new Cray XT4 being installed at NERSC, ESnet’s new network partnership with Internet2, and supernova research at NERSC. Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday, Nov. 14

  • 11 a.m.: “Scientific Data Management: Essential Technology for Data-Intensive Science,” Arie Shoshani, Scientific Data Management, LBNL
  • 2 p.m.: “NERSC’s Move Toward Petascale Computing with the Cray XT Architecture,” William T. Kramer, NERSC/LBNL
  • 3 p.m.: “Discovery and Destabilization: Experiments in Stellar Explosions at NERSC,” F. Douglas Swesty and Eric S. Myra, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Wednesday, Nov. 15

  • 11 a.m.: “The SciDAC2 Visualization and Analytics Center for Enabling Technologies: Overview and Objectives,” Wes Bethel, Visualization, LBNL
  • 2 p.m.: “Next Generation Optical Infrastructure for the U.S. Research and Education Community,” William E. Johnston, ESnet, LBNL
  • 3 p.m.: “Introducing the SciDAC Outreach Center,” Jonathan Carter, NERSC User Services, LBNL.

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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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