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Lab Staff Add Computing, Networking, Physics Expertise to 2016 CHEP Conference

October 7, 2016


ESnet Director Inder Monga delivering the CHEP 2016 networking plenary talk, “The View from ESnet.” (Photo Courtesy of Inder Monga, ESnet)

The 22nd International Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics, CHEP 2016, opens today, Oct. 10, in San Francisco, co-hosted by Berkeley Lab and SLAC. The Oct. 10-14  conference, co-chaired by Craig Tull of the Computational Research Division (CRD), will feature a number of presentations by staff from NERSC, CRD, ESnet and Physics. On Wednesday afternoon, conference attendees will have the option of visiting the lab for a tour of NERSC and ESnet.

The CHEP conferences address challenges in computing, networking and software for the world’s leading data-intensive science experiments that currently analyze hundreds of petabytes of data using worldwide computing resources.

ESnet Director Inder Monga will deliver the networking plenary talk on Tuesday, “The View from ESnet.” Monga will also participate in a panel discussion as part of a session on "Diversity and Bias -- are we really unbiased?".

Berkeley Lab staff will make these presentations at the conference:

  • “AthenaMT: Upgrading the ATLAS Software Framework for the Many-Core World with Multi-Threading,” Charles Leggett, CRD.
  • “Tracking Machine Learning Challenge,” Paolo Calafiura, CRD.
  • “Deep-Learning Analysis Pipelines on Raw HEP Data from the Daya Bay Neutrino Experiment at NERSC,” Samuel Kohn, Physics.
  • “Extreme I/O on HPC for HEP using the Burst Buffer at NERSC”, Wahid Bhimji, NERSC.
  • “Using Shifter to Bring Containerized CVMFS to HPC,” Lisa Gerhardt,NERSC.
  • “Multi-threaded ATLAS Simulation on Intel Knights Landing Processors,” Steven Farrell, Physics.

Lab staff will also present three research posters:

  • “Pythonization API for Cppyy,” Wim Lavrijsen, CRD.
  • "Gaudi Evolution for Future Challenges,” Charles Leggett, CRD.
  • “YARR - A PCIe based readout concept for current and future ATLAS Pixel Modules,” Timon Heim, Physics.

Debbie Bard of NERSC is a co-convenor of the Offline Computing programming track, while NERSC’s Bhimji is a co-convenor of the Data Handling programming track

Berkeley Lab members of the Local Organizing Committee are Paolo Calafiura, Peter Nugent, Simon Patton and Craig Tull, CRD; Eli Dart and Inder Monga, ESnet; Lisa Gerhardt and Jeff Porter, NERSC; and Zach Marshall, Physics.

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.

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. The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States.