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InTheLoop | 10.29.2001

The Weekly Electronic Newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees.

October 29, 2001

NERSC Hosts International Meeting for High-Energy Physics Users of UNIX, NT


NERSC's Parallel Distributed Systems Facility (PDSF) team earlier this
month hosted HEPiX/HEPNT, an international meeting of PDSF's high energy
physics UNIX (HEPiX) and Windows NT (HEPNT) user groups. The meeting,
held Oct. 15-18 at the Oakland Scientific Facility, drew 40 attendees,
with 15 coming from overseas and a handful sitting in via
videoconference. The agenda included discussions of the Grid, data
storage, computer security and methods for improving system performance,
as well as site reports from research institutions in the United States
and Europe. Cary Whitney of the PDSF team took the lead in organizing
the conference. NERSC presenters included Horst Simon, Steven Chan, Nick
Cardo, Harvard Holmes, Shane Canon, Iwona Sajkreda, Steve Lau and Brent
Draney.


United Airlines Schedule Changes Affect 90 Percent of Oct. 31-Jan. 7 Flights


Here's a travel update from the Lab's Travel Office.
United Airlines is carrying out the biggest overhaul it has ever made to
its flight schedule, and the changes will affect 90 percent of advance
reservations for travel between Oct. 31 and Jan 7. Additionally, some
customers' itineraries may be changed more than once. United anticipates
that most people will depart within 90 minutes of their previously
scheduled times. Passengers who are forced to make a stop when they had
booked a non-stop flight or whose reservations were changed to
departures more than 90 minutes before or after the previously scheduled
times will be offered the option of a refund.

Travelers who have booked their reservations using Travel Power will
receive an automatic email notification of any changes to their
itinerary. Travelers should reconfirm their itineraries prior to
departure to ensure they have the most recent schedule information.
Itineraries can be viewed on http://www.virtuallythere.com

It is not necessary to have your tickets re-issued to reflect the new
schedule information. Your original paper ticket or e-ticket receipt is
your proof of purchase. Boarding passes with the correct flight
information will be issued at check in.

The changes are a result of efforts to cut costs and match service to
severely reduced passenger demand. United has also joined other major
airline carriers in announcing sharp reductions in in-flight meal
service.


About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Computing Sciences Area provides the computing and networking resources and expertise critical to advancing Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) 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 7,000-plus scientists at national laboratories and universities, including those at Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division (CRD). NERSC and ESnet are both Department of Energy Office of Science National User Facilities. The Computational Research Division (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 Department of Energy Office of Science User Facilities.

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