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December 2013 - New Employee Profiles

December 1, 2013

Bruce Mah, Energy Sciences Network

Bruce Mah and son

As the Energy Sciences Network’s (ESnet’s) newest software engineer, Bruce Mah will initially be working on a variety of projects including OSCARS, the facility’s virtual circuit reservation and management system, and iperf3, a network performance measurement tool.

Mah’s first interaction with ESnet occurred nearly 16 years ago. Shortly after earning his doctorate from UC Berkeley, Mah became a network researcher at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California. After three years he left to pursue an engineering career in industry. Mah spent much of the last decade at Packet Design, a small networking company that makes routing analysis solutions.

“In a small company one wears a lot of hats,” says Mah. In addition to developing code at Packet Design, he performed release engineering, some IT and system administration, and project management. “I got interested in networking after taking an operating systems class while I was an undergrad at UC Berkeley, I thought the idea of computers being able to communicate with each other around the globe was just way cool.”

While working in industry, Mah also volunteered to be a release engineer for FreeBSD, an open source operating system project that involves people from around the globe. Born and raised in Fresno, California, he moved to the Bay Area after graduating from high school and never looked back. Mah spends much of his spare time building Lego models and playing iPad games with his six-year-old son, as well as preparing and eating good food with his family. He also likes to tinker with computers and technology in general.

Wucherl Yoo, Scientific Data Management Group

Wurcherl Yoo

As a new research scientist in Berkeley Lab CRD’s Scientific Data Management Group, Wucherl Yoo will be working on the Advanced Performance Monitoring project. He’ll help develop a predictive estimation model for improving the efficiency of resource utilization and scheduling of scientific data transfers on high-speed networks (like ESnet) for scientific collaborations, especially in data intensive applications.

Originally from South Korea, Yoo came to the United States to pursue his doctorate in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006. For his thesis, Yoo worked on an automated system to identify performance bottlenecks in applications. He adapted machine-learning mechanisms to fingerprint and identify the patterns of predominant hardware events associated with resource bottleneck in parallel applications and systems.

“I encountered an 8-bit computer in 1988 and became very interested in logical programmability, that was back when gamming made half my personal computer usage,” says Yoo. “The birth of Internet around late 90s was what eventually led me to study computer science as an undergraduate at Seoul National University.”

With a three month old daughter at home, Yoo doesn’t have much free time for hobbies. But he does enjoy watching sports and movies, listening to music, spending time with his family and the views of San Francisco Bay from his office and Grizzly Peak.


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.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the DOE’s Office of Science.

DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.