The final steel girder of the Computational Research and Theory facility was hoisted into place today in a “topping off” ceremony. As tradition dictates, the beam was decorated with an evergreen and American flag and signed by both the builders and some of the eventual occupants, including Kathy Yelick, Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences. When construction is complete in early 2015, the CRT facility will house all three divisions of Berkeley Lab’s Computing Sciences, as well as NERSC’s supercomputers in a state-of-the-art data center. More>
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For Aseel Honein, an architect, teacher and design activist from Lebanon, spending a month collaborating with scientists at Berkeley Lab was a dream come true. She got the opportunity to do so through the TechWomen 2013 program, which brought 76 women from 16 Middle Eastern and African countries to the U.S. in October for a five-week professional mentoring program. Five of these emerging leaders were hosted by colleagues from the Lab who worked closely with them on projects related to their burgeoning careers. More>
[Wired] Alex Ramirez wants to build a supercomputer that’s six times as powerful as Tianhe-2, the Chinese machine that’s ranked as the world’s most powerful. That’s an incredibly ambitious goal, but here’s the surprising part: He wants to build it using the sort of chips you typically find in mobile phones and tablets. He wants to use ARM processors. Whatever chips are used, many countries are working to build exascale machines, but in the U.S., budget cuts have tapered funding for these projects. Since 2010, the Lab’s funding has been flat or downward, said Deputy Director Horst Simon. More>
When the SC13 conference opens Nov. 17 in Denver, the facilities and capabilities of DOE 15 national labs (including Berkeley Lab) will be highlighted in one booth for the first time. The booth program features presentations by HPC experts, electronic posters, demonstrations, roundtable discussions and a 3D display showing simulations and modeling. Kathy Yelick and Greg Bell are among the 14 featured speakers giving talks in the booth. ESnet will be demonstrating the MyESnet portal and hosting a discussion of the Science DMZ. Saul Perlmutter will answer questions about supernovae and supercomputers. More>
Computing Sciences is launching a Distinguished Lecturer Series, with the first talk to be given by Cleve Moler at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Building 50 Auditorium. Moler is the creator of MATLAB and a cofounder of MathWorks, where he is currently chairman and chief mathematician of the company. In his talk, Moler will show how MATLAB has evolved over more than 30 years from a simple matrix calculator to a powerful technical computing environment. He will demonstrate several examples of MATLAB applications, then conclude with a discussion of current developments, including Parallel MATLAB for multicore and multicomputer systems.
Five women in Computing Sciences contributed to the recent 2013 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference (GHC). Deb Agarwal of CRD worked on multiple leadership committees. NERSC’s Elizabeth Bautista gave an interactive workshop on “Building Your Professional Network.” Kirsten Fagnan of NERSC and Daniela Ushizima of CRD shared their research experiences on the “Technologies Spark Techie Data Wars” panel, which discussed medical technology and how data can be used to enlighten the science community. And Lavanya Ramakrishnan of CRD shared her career experiences on “The Quiet Success” panel that was geared towards sharing best practices for networking as an introvert. More>
David Stevens (right), whose lab career spanned 40 years, has died. He began his career as a mathematical programmer in Bldg. 46 and was serving as the lab’s liaison to DOE, reviewing directives and formulating responses, when he retired in December 1997. Hired in 1960, Stevens continued working at the lab as a guest scientist until 2000. Along the way, he had a stint as a computing consultant at CERN, worked with many of the lab’s supercomputers in the 1960s and ‘70s, and headed the computer security program. More>
In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy’s focus on supercomputing in the month of September, Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences Kathy Yelick talks about why supercomputers intrigue her, how they can help save our world, and why more students aren’t going into computing as a career. More>
As part of a communications emphasis on supercomputing for the month of September, DOE Public Affairs has posted an article on a joint project to develop a cosmological simulation analysis toolbox. This past year, Fermilab began a unique partnership with Argonne and Berkeley Labs on an ambitious advanced-computing project. Together the three institutions are developing a new, state-of-the-art cosmological simulation analysis toolbox that takes advantage of the Energy Department’s investments in supercomputers and specialized high-performance computing codes. Richard Gerber is the team leader at Berkeley Lab. More>
This year’s list of the world’s 500 most powerful computers is now out. Produced annually by the Lab’s Horst Simon, Erich Strohmaier and colleagues, they were interviewed this week by HPC Wire. To listen, go here.