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Computing Wiz Disconnects From Data Deluge by Swimming in the Bay

As director of the Scientific Networking Division at Berkeley Lab, Greg Bell is surrounded by torrents of data. It pours down from clouds, it rolls in like a tsunami, and it is drunk from fire hoses, as they say. So maybe it is not so surprising that this Ph.D. in English from UC Berkeley, who manages the largest and fastest scientific data network on Earth, is known to spend his spare time in the vast and frigid waters of San Francisco Bay, swimming from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park, or across the Golden Gate. “I enjoy being completely disconnected from the Internet,” Bell says with smile. “And even though it sounds crazy, swimming in the Bay is relaxing and meditative.” More>

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