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InTheloop | 11.26.2001

The Weekly Electronic Newsletter for Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences employees.

November 26, 2001

Diana Brown of UC Berkeley Named as New Head of ISS Department

Sandy Merola, director of the Information Technologies and Services
Division, has announced that Diana Brown has accepted the position as
head of the Information Systems and Services Department. Her appointment
is effective January 7, 2002.

Brown has a master's degree in information systems and over 25 years of
increasing responsibilities in information technology, including 11
years in the management of a major information systems organization. For
the past 10 years, she has been the director of Administrative Systems
at UC Berkeley, where she has been responsible for leading the planning,
development, deployment, operation, maintenance and customer support of
departmental administrative systems for the Berkeley campus.

RAGE Robot, a Hit at SC Conference, Featured in Recent Daily Cal Article

The Lab's Remote Access Grid Entity (RAGE), a mobile robot providing
connectivity to the Access Grid
(http://www-fp.mcs.anl.gov/fl/accessgrid/), was featured last Wednesday
in the Daily Californian's science and technology section. You can read
the article from the Berkeley campus newspaper at

Collaboration Technologies Group Helps Bring the South Pole to Denver

The theme of the recent SC2001 Conference in Denver was "Beyond
Boundaries," an idea that members of the Collaboration Technologies
Group in NERSC's Distributed Systems Department took to the ends of the
earth, literally. Group member Chuck McParland, who has worked at the
NSF research station in Antarctica, got the idea of connecting the site
to the Denver conference while at the South Pole last January. It seemed
like a good way to demonstrate the impact of high-speed
videoconferencing on scientific research as the Antarctic research
center embodies the concept of remote scientific collaboration. He
tossed the idea out, got an initially favorable reaction and made a
couple of tests, and then waited for things to start happening. In
September, Chuck gave another nudge to the NSF and Raytheon Polar
Services, the contractor that operates the research station for the NSF.

Finally, emails began flying fast and furious last month and the project
began to take shape. IT people at the South Pole were contacted, as were
leaders of the Access Grid project at Argonne National Lab. With help
from summer student Wesley Lau, Chuck sorted out the applications,
resolved audio problems by utilizing IP telephone service, and then
tested it to make sure everything worked. "One of the neatest things
about the tests was that Bob Stockstad of the Lab was at the Pole during
this time and we actually held a group meeting for the AMANDA project to
discuss technical issues," Chuck said.

One key element was making sure the satellite would be up so a link
could be made during the conference so South Pole researchers could make
a live presentation. The tests continued right up to the eve of the
conference and when Chuck turned everything over to the Access Grid
folks, the only thing still to be determined were details of the
presentation. Part of the presentation focused on AMANDA, in which the
Lab is a key participant. Read more about the project at

Reminder: Course on UNIX Security to Be Presented Wednesday, December 5

UNIX system administrators and users--is your UNIX system secure enough
to be able to withstand the many kinds of attacks that are launched
against UNIX systems? To help you in your effort to achieve security in
UNIX systems, the LBNL Computer Protection Program is sponsoring a
full-day course on UNIX security. This course will be held in the
Building 66 auditorium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5.
The instructors will be Jim Mellander and Gene Schultz. There is no
charge for attending, but pre-registration is required. To register,
send email to cp-seminar@lbl.gov and eeschultz@lbl.gov.

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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