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Jeff Porter

R Jefferson Porter
Jefferson (Jeff) R. Porter Ph.D.
Data & Analytics Group
National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center
Phone: (510) 502-7231
Fax: (510) 486-4316
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road
Mail Stop 943-256
Berkeley, CA 94720

Biographical Sketch

Jeff Porter is a member of the Data and Analytics Services team, supporting grid and distributed computing services at NERSC.  Jeff earned his PhD in Nuclear Physics from UC Davis and has been a member of several High Energy Nuclear Physics (HENP) experiments: DLS at LBNL, NA49 at CERN, STAR at BNL's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), and ALICE at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC).   Jeff leads a project with the ALICE-USA collaboration, operating a production grid facility in the US for the ALICE experiment, co-located at NERSC/PDSF and the CADES center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Jeff also manages computing operations on NERSC for the STAR experiment.

For a summary of publications in HENP, see inSPIRE.

Journal Articles

Shreyas Cholia, R. Jefferson Porter, "Publication and Protection of Sensitive Site Information in a Grid Infrastructure", 2008 Eighth IEEE International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid (CCGRID) p. 639-644, IJGHPC 1(2): 56-73 (2009), May 30, 2008,


Lisa Gerhardt, Jeff Porter, Nick Balthaser, Lessons Learned from Running an HPSS Globus Endpoint, 2016 HPSS User Forum, September 1, 2016,

The NERSC division of LBNL has been running HPSS in production since 1998. The archive is quite popular with roughly 100TB IO every day from the ~6000 scientists that use the NERSC facility. We maintain a Globus-HPSS endpoint that transfers over 1PB / month of data into and out of HPSS. Getting Globus and HPSS to mesh well can be challenging. This talk gives an overview of some of the lessons learned.


Annette Greiner, Evan Racah, Shane Canon, Jialin Liu, Yunjie Liu, Debbie Bard, Lisa Gerhardt, Rollin Thomas, Shreyas Cholia, Jeff Porter, Wahid Bhimji, Quincey Koziol, Prabhat, "Data-Intensive Supercomputing for Science", Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) Data Science Faire, May 3, 2016,

Review of current DAS activities for a non-NERSC audience.