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August 3, 2010


A NERSC Division employee has been recognized with a SPOT Award for the best CS Safety Suggestion or Near Miss for July-August, 2010: Rei Lee of the Storage Systems Group identified an issue with cardboard occasionally piling up in the computer room as new systems arrived.

The cardboard posed a potential safety issue and Rei suggested that the cardboard be regularly removed from the area. As a result, NERSC has added metal storage bins, removes excess material regularly, and stores supplies in metal cabinets. The suggestions not only reduce the potential fire hazard posed by stacks of cardboard and pallets, but also ensure that aisles and exits are not blocked by accumulated material.

"Protection of our computer equipment is a priority for NERSC, and better storage for and prompt removal of packing materials will improve NERSC safety," says Katherine Yelick, Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences.

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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