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Supercomputing Report Card

February 15, 2007

A comprehensive supercomputer performance evaluation undertaken by CRD scientists has won a Best Paper award in the Application track at the IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS), underscoring the significant contribution the research makes to improving scientific applications for the arrival of petascale computing. The paper, “Scientific Application Performance on Candidate PetaScale Platforms,” is an accumulation of four years of exhaustive study that… Read More »

CRD Staff Have Strong Presence at SIAM Conference

February 15, 2007

This year’s SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) featured a strong showing from CRD scientists, who spent a week in Costa Mesa, California this month to discuss topics that ranged from nanoscience simulations to scientific data management. SIAM is the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. In all, 13 researchers from the division attended the week-long conference, which also ran concurrently with the SIAM Workshop on Combinatorial Scientific Computing. Read More »

February 2007 Staff Research Notes

February 15, 2007

Paxson Named ACM FellowVern Paxson, a researcher in CRD’s Distributed Systems Department, has been named a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The fellowship is given to scientists who have made “outstanding technical and professional achievements in the field of information technology,” according to ACM. Paxson is probably best known for his original development work on Bro, the Lab’s intrusion detection system, which monitors incoming and outgoing traffic and… Read More »

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CRD Takes Lead at DOE Cybersecurity Workshop

February 1, 2007

CRD scientists co-chaired and led discussions in a DOE Office of Science workshop last month that defined the research and development goals for cybersecurity in the global scientific community. The three-day workshop, sponsored by the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research and titled, “DOE Cybersecurity R&D Challenges for Open Science,” pooled knowledge and experiences from about 40 cybersecurity production personnel and cybersecurity researchers from across the DOE Office of… Read More »

BDMTC, JGI Announce IMG/M Upgrade

January 15, 2007

The DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI), collaborating with CRD’s Biological Data Management and Technology Center (BDMTC), announced last month an upgrade of the metagenome data management and analysis system, IMG/M, on the anniversary of its launch. Developed by BDMTC’s data management and software engineers and scientists of JGI’s Genome Biology and Microbial Ecology Programs, IMG/M is a valuable asset for a growing community of biologists. Metagenomics refers to the genomic study of… Read More »

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Q&A with NERSC Director Horst Simon

December 14, 2006

Horst Simon, who has been director of DOE’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) since early 1996, announced last month that he was stepping down in order to focus his energy on the two other positions he holds at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Once a new director for NERSC is hired, Simon will concentrate on his duties as Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences and Computational Research Division (CRD) Director. With the search for a new NERSC… Read More »

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Andy Aspden Joins CCSE as Inaugural Seaborg Post-Doc Fellow

December 1, 2006

Armed with a Ph.D in applied mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a thirst to “broaden his horizon,” Andy Aspden has joined Berkeley Lab as part of the inaugural class for the Glenn T. Seaborg Postdoctoral Fellowships.  Aspden will work with John Bell, leader of the Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering in CRD, to expand on his research in fluid dynamics. Aspden, who began his appointment last month, met Bell three and a half years ago when Bell was collaborating… Read More »

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CRD Scientists Contribute To A Definitive Book On Parallel Processing

November 15, 2006

Demand for improving powerful computers has been growing as more researchers worldwide rely on these systems to solve complex scientific problems—fast. In a new book co-edited by LBNL’s Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences, Horst Simon, scientific computing experts from universities and national labs provide a comprehensive look at the state of the art in scientific computing for the effective use of highly parallel computers. The book, titled “Parallel Processing for… Read More »

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Paxson's Internet Research Earns "Test of Time" Award

November 3, 2006

Working in the fast-paced field of Internet research, Vern Paxson of CRD’s Distributed Systems Department has won the inaugural Test of Time Award from the Special Interest Group on Data Communications (SIGCOMM) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The new award, announced in the current issue of Computer Communication Review (CCR), recognizes research from 10 to 12 years ago that marked a milestone in its field and continues to provide insight today. SIGCOMM recognized Paxson… Read More »

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Interview with Wes Bethel, principal investigator for the SciDAC Visualization and Analytics Center for Enabling Technologies (VACET)

October 31, 2006

When the Department of Energy’s Office of Science announced the latest round of awards in the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program in September, the funded projects included a new Center for Enabling Technologies that will focus on meeting the visualization and analytics needs of scientists. Called the SciDAC Visualization and Analytics Center for Enabling Technologies, or VACET, the project will be co-led by Wes Bethel, head of the Visualization Group at Lawrence… Read More »