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Horst Simon Named ALD for Computing Sciences

February 23, 2004

Horst D. Simon, an internationally recognized expert in high performance computing, has been named associate laboratory director for Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab.  “I’m extremely pleased to have Horst assume this responsibility,” Berkeley Lab Director Charles Shank said in announcing the appointment. “This is a critical time for the Laboratory’s computing sciences programs, and I greatly value Dr. Simon’s leadership. I look forward to working closely with him in these… Read More »

James Sethian Receives Prestigious Norbert Wiener Prize in Applied Mathematics

January 1, 2004

James Sethian, head of the Mathematics Department in CRD and a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, has been awarded the Norbert Wiener Prize in Applied Mathematics by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The prize, presented Jan. 8 at the joint AMS-SIAM meeting in Phoenix, is awarded for an outstanding contribution to "applied mathematics in the highest and broadest sense." Sethian’s… Read More »

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Improved Algorithms Lead to Lab-Scale Combustion Simulations

January 1, 2004

In spite of its fundamental technological importance, our knowledge of basic combustion processes is surprisingly incomplete. Theoretical combustion science is unable to address the complexity of realistic flames, and laboratory measurements are difficult to interpret and often limited in the types of applicable flames or levels of detail they can provide. CRD’s Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering (CCSE) has teamed with LBNL’s Environmental Energy Technologies… Read More »

DSD Tools Making Grids Easier to Use

January 1, 2004

At the SC203 conference held last November in Phoenix, the Grid was omnipresent, with speakers and vendors emphasizing the development and deployment of Grid infrastructure and applications. For all its potential, though, actually using Grids can be difficult and time-consuming. That’s where Berkeley Lab’s Distributed Systems Department (DSD) (http://dsd.lbl.gov) comes in. At the conference, DSD staff members demonstrated “wxPyGlobusJobGui”, a graphical user interface which… Read More »

CRD’s Brian Tierney Uses Expertise to Improve Performance of Networked Systems

January 1, 2004

A good mechanic doesn’t just keep a car running, but has a toolkit of expertise and expert tricks to get the most performance out of a vehicle. And so it is with networks and computers, especially when distributed computing sources arelinked by networks to perform as an integrated system. Brian Tierney Brian Tierney of the Distributed Systems Department has built a reputation as an expert in finding new ways to improve the performance of distributed systems. He’s shared his talents with… Read More »

DOE Announces Major INCITE Allocations of NERSC Resources

December 23, 2003

The DOE Office of Science announced today that three key computational science projects have been chosen to receive a total of 4.9 million hours of supercomputing time at the NERSC Center. The projects are expected to significantly advance our understanding of the makeup of the universe, the chemical process by which plants convert sunlight to energy while removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and the turbulent forces that affect everything from weather to industrial processes. The… Read More »

Berkeley Lab to Showcase HPC, Grids Expertise At SC2003

November 7, 2003

The Computing Sciences organization at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will demonstrate its leadership in advancing science-driven supercomputing and next-generation Grid tools in a series of demonstrations and presentations at the SC2003 conference in Phoenix. Berkeley Lab, located in booth R231, will feature three days of short technical talks on subjects as diverse as supercomputer performance, data management, applications to improve system and code… Read More »

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Bill Johnston Named to Lead ESnet

September 30, 2003

William E. “Bill,” Johnston, an LBNL senior scientist  who has worked in the fields of networking and high-speed distributed computing since the creation of the Internet, was appointed this week as the project manager for the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), effective immediately. ESnet is a high-speed network serving thousands of Department of Energy scientists and collaborators worldwide. A pioneer in providing reliable high-bandwidth connections, ESnet provides researchers at national… Read More »

Mathematicians Bell, Colella Honored for Contributions to Computational Science and Engineering

June 17, 2003

John B. Bell and Phillip Colella, applied mathematicians at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, have been named as co-recipients of the 2003 SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering, awarded by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).  According to SIAM President Mac Hyman, the prize “is awarded in the area of computational science in recognition of outstanding… Read More »

ESnet Leaps Ahead By Two Generations, Upgrades Backbone to 10 Gbps

March 18, 2003

The Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), the high-performance network funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, has just completed an upgrade to 2.5gigabits (billions of bits or Gbps) per second and 10Gbps in the highest speed portion of the network. Typically, a new generation of data communications bandwidth consists of a fourfold increase in performance. ESnet’s new 10Gbps circuits represent an increase of 16 times existing performance levels, representing a jump of two… Read More »