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Lab Staff Add Talents to Help SC18 Make All the Right Connections

November 5, 2018

SC18 color ver highlightsEvery November, thanks to the efforts of hundreds of network experts volunteering their time, the SC conference becomes one of the best-connected sites on the planet – for about a week. The volunteers design, build and maintain the conference network known as SCinet, which provides both wired and wireless connectivity through the convention centers, but also high speed connections to research networks around the world.

When SC18 convenes Nov. 11 in Dallas, the SCinet team will have spent the previous year preparing for the event. And when the conference closes on Nov. 16, the volunteers will dismantle it in a day or two.

The following Berkeley Lab staff from ESnet, NERSC and the IT Division are lending their expertise to this year’s SCinet.


Jason Zurawski
of the Science Engagement Team is the SC18 SCinet Chair, responsible for the team of more than 150 volunteers who design, install and operate the SCinet network to support the SC18 conference.

Zach Harlan of the Network Engineering Group is supporting the SC18 SCinet Routing team and the Network Research Exhibition. He will be responsible for the installation and "care and feeding" of equipment to support the five 100 Gbps wide area network circuits ESnet is providing to support scientific demonstrations at SC18.

Michael Blodgett of the Network Engineering Group is a member of the SCinet WAN Transport team and will be working with Harlan on the five 100 Gbps circuits being delivered by ESnet.

Nick Buraglio of the Network Planning Group is part of SCinet's Experimental Networks team and the SCinet Team Lead for the FAUCET project at SC18.

Eric Pouyoul, Advanced Network Technologies Group, and Eli Dart, Science Engagement Team, are members of the Experimental Networks' Data Transfer Node team, supporting multiple demonstrations involving DOE projects, sites and users during SC18. ESnet retiree Brian Tierney is also a member of the Experimental Networks Team.

Scott Richmond of the Software Engineering Group is the SCinet Interconnect Lead, managing the massive SCinet database that organizes and directs the thousands of ports and connections in the SCinet network.

Michael Dopheide of the Cybersecurity Group is a member of the SCinet Network Security Team.

Kate Petersen Mace of the Science Engagement Team is the lead for the SC18 Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) Program, as well as the SCinet Physical Security Vice Chair and member of the SC18 Security team.

Lauren Rotman, the Science Engagement Team Lead, is leading the organization and orchestration of the SC18 Keynote speaker presentation.


Jason Lee
of NERSC's Networking and Security Group is the SCinet Vice Chair.

Tavia Stone Gibbins of NERSC's Networking and Security Group is a member of the Logistics/Equipment Team.

Computational Research Division

Anna Giannakou
of the Integrated Data Framework group is a member of the SC18 SCinet X-net team.

You-Wei Cheah of the Usable Software Systems group is a member of the SC18 SCinet Dev/Ops team.

IT Division

Soledad Toledano
of the IT Division's computer security team is on the SCinet Network Security Team. At SC17, Toledano was chosen to participate in the Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program, created in 2015 to further expand the diversity of the SCinet volunteer staff and provide professional development opportunities to highly qualified women in the field of networking.

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.

Berkeley Lab 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 DOE Office of Science is the United States' single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.