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Berkeley Lab Hosts National Academy Symposium on Future of Supercomputers

June 13, 2001

About three dozen members of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering visited Berkeley Lab on June 8 to attend a symposium entitled “Do Supercomputers Have a Future?” The invitation-only symposium featured experts from the fields of supercomputer manufacturing, design and utilization – Burton Smith, chief scientist of Cray Inc., David Patterson, professor of computer science at UC Berkeley, and Bill McCurdy, head of Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences and a chemical physicist who… Read More »

Students from All Walks of Life on Board as Interns

May 2, 2001

An internship program in desktop support offered by the Computer Infrastructure Support Department is literally drawing students from all walks of life. George Eaton’s career path led him to a long stint in restaurant management before he made it to the Lab. Brendan Kelly had earned his degree at Cal and was out in the working world when he decided to go back to school. Bill Ou’s main experiences with electronics had been as a salesman. Nguyen Hua had previously been a summer intern at the… Read More »

Lab Team Proves Fastest in Competition to Access and Process Huge Amount of Data

December 20, 2000

Sitting in the cavernous and nearly deserted Dallas Convention Center on a cool November evening, a team of four Berkeley Lab computer scientists anxiously awaited their chance to try to overwhelm one of the biggest communications network in the nation. The team was going to demonstrate Visapult, a prototype application and framework for performing remote and distributed visualization of scientific data. Problems with network equipment kept delaying their start time, pushing it later and later… Read More »

Berkeley Lab Buys 160-Processor Cluster Computer to Advance Scientific Computing and Research

December 12, 2000

In what could be a glimpse into the future of high-performance computing, Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences will buy and operate a 160-processor cluster computer to assess whether such system can meet the day-to-day production demands of a scientific computing center. Clusters are assemblies of commodity computers designed and networked to operate as a single system. By using off-the-shelf components, clusters can provide a cost-effective balance between price and computer performance. To date,… Read More »

Berkeley Lab Wins Network Challenge at SC2000

November 14, 2000

The Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences organization again demonstrated its achievements and leadership in high-performance computing and networking at the annual SC conference held last week in Dallas. The SC conference, formerly known as Supercomputing, drew 5,200 attendees and 153 exhibitors, including vendors and research organizations, such as the DOE labs. Berkeley Lab’s booth highlighted the release of new software, the development of technologies to advance DOE’s Science Grid linking… Read More »

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Berkeley Lab's David Quarry to Serve as Chief Architect for LHC ATLAS Experiment

May 18, 2000

David Quarrie, leader of the High Energy and Nuclear Physics Software Group in NERSC, has accepted a two-year assignment as chief architect for the ATLAS high-energy physics experiment. ATLAS is an international research program to be carried out at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland beginning in 2005. Quarrie’s new position will occupy about 50 percent of his time, and he will also continue working on software efforts related to the BaBar project at the Stanford Linear… Read More »

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Alexandre Chorin Honored for Three Decades Of Intellectual Leadership In Studying The Scientific Puzzle Of Turbulent Flows

March 1, 2000

For more than 30 years, Dr. Alexandre Chorin has worked to develop computational methods for solving problems in fluid mechanics, with the hope that they will eventually lead to an understanding of the most difficult problem of applied mathematics — the problem of turbulence. What makes the turbulence problem so compelling, in addition to its practical importance, Chorin says, is that the basic equations that describe turbulence are well-known and simple, yet their solutions are incredibly… Read More »

ESnet Awards Qwest $50 Million Contract to Support DOE's Scientific Communications Network

January 5, 2000

The Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (Esnet) this week announced that it has awarded a $50 million contract to Qwest Communications International Inc. to support ESnet for up to seven years. Under the contract, Qwest will provide performance levels up to a terabit (one million megabits/second) network by the year 2005, offering 500 times the highest speed available in the industry today. ESnet is funded by DOE to provide advanced networking and communications support to the… Read More »

ESnet Leading the Way in Implementing Next Generation of Internet Protocol

December 21, 1999

A few years from now, the Internet could become a victim of its own success. Its dramatic growth -- often cited as 15 percent growth per month in number of users connected and as much as a factor of 10 growth per year in Internet backbone bandwidth required to support them — could overburden the current infrastructure, resulting in networks held together with cyber baling wire and virtual glue. One of the biggest long-term growth and scalability problems for the Internet is the lack of… Read More »

NERSC's Lenny Oliker Co-Recipient of SC99 Best Paper Award

November 30, 1999

Leonid “Lenny” Oliker, a post-doctoral fellow in NERSC’s Scientific Computing Group, was co-recipient of the “Best Paper of SC99” award at SC99, the annual conference on high-performance computing and networking. Oliker and Rupak Biswas co-authored "Parallelization of a Dynamic Unstructured Application Using Three Leading Paradigms." They implemented a mesh adaptation code on the Cray T3E, SGI Origin2000 and the Tera MTA supercomputers comparing programmability and performance. They… Read More »