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Two CRD Staff in SIAM Leadership Positions

May 1, 2006

Juan Meza, head of CRD’s High Performance Computing Research Department, and Esmond Ng, leader of the Scientific Computing Group, were recently named to leadership positions in the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Meza has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the SIAM, which was founded in 1951 and currently has more than 10,000 members. The goals of SIAM are to:  advance the application of mathematics and computational science to engineering, industry,… Read More »

Berkeley Lab Researchers Analyze Performance, Potential of Cell Processor

May 1, 2006

Though it was designed as the heart of the upcoming Sony PlayStation3 game console, the STI Cell processor has created quite a stir in the computational science community, where the processor’s potential as a building block for high performance computers has been widely discussed and speculated upon. To evaluate Cell’s potential, computer scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory evaluated the processor’s performance in running several… Read More »


New Microbial Metagenome Data Analysis System in Production

May 1, 2006

An experimental metagenomics data management and analysis system co-developed by the Biological Data Management and Technology Center (BDMTC) at Berkeley Lab with the Genome Biology Program and Microbial Ecology Program at DOE’s Joint Genome Institute and released earlier this year is also already helping produce scientific discoveries. Called IMG/M, the system extends the Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) system with the ability to integrate and analyze metagenome data, and has… Read More »

CRD’s PyGlobus Tools Proving Popular

January 1, 2006

CRD’s Distributed Systems Department (DSD), which has led the development of the de facto standard tools for developing Grid Services, applications and portals using the Python programming language, proved a popular draw at the LBNL booth at the SC05 conference in Seattle. Python is a high-level interpreted language that supports a rapid application development cycle. Python’s minimal syntax makes it an ideal language for use by non-computer scientists. It also easily supports… Read More »

CRD’s Chevassut Shares Expertise in Cryptography

January 1, 2006

Olivier Chevassut, who is the lead cryptographer for CRD, continues to build a reputation as an international expert on the theoretical and practical aspects of both cryptography and network security. In the first few months of 2006, Chevassut and several collaborators will have three conference papers and one journal article published. As part of his work in designing and analyzing novel complex cryptographic technologies, Chevassut has served as the lead of a project entitled… Read More »


ViCE Helps Smooth Scientific Workflows

January 1, 2006

DSD’s work in higher-level interfaces to the Grid has led to the development of a visual programming tool, ViCE, that is used to collaboratively develop and execute complex scientific workflows. Scientific projects today are frequently large collaborations among geographically and organizationally distributed teams. ViCE is designed to support scientists collaborating over a visual description of their workflow. A workflow is represented as a set of nodes and links. The nodes… Read More »

Former DOE Fellow Returns to Berkeley

January 1, 2006

Jon Wilkening Jon Wilkening, who earned his Ph.D. in 2002 from UC Berkeley working with CRD Math Group Lead James Sethian, has returned to Berkeley as an assistant professor and collaborator with the Math Group. Wilkening accepted a DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship in 1997 (while declining an NSF fellowship) and was named a Fred A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science in 2003. As a DOE fellow, he worked as a research assistant in the Math Group from 1997 to 2002. His… Read More »

Bailey Co-Organizes Math Course

January 1, 2006

David H. Bailey, the Chief Technologist of the Computational Research Division, co-organized a two-day course entitled “Experimental Mathematics in Action” at the annual joint meeting of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America. The meeting was held January 10-15 in San Antonio, Texas. Approximately 80 people signed up for the course, which was organized in the spirit of the two recent books by Bailey and Jonathan Borwein, Mathematics by… Read More »