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Design Forward and Fast Forward Semi-Annual Review

A semi-annual meeting for the Design Forward and Fast Forward initiatives will be held at the new Computational Research and Theory (CRT) Building at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on September 21-25, 2015. Under the initiatives, AMD, Cray, IBM, Intel Federal and NVIDIA will work to advance extreme-scale computing technology on the path to exascale.



8:00 AM - 12:00 PM:  Intel  (FF2)

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM:  Intel  (DF1 & DF2)


8:00 AM - 12:00 PM:  Cray  (FF2)

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM:  Cray  (DF1 & DF2)


8:00 AM - 12:00 PM:  AMD  (FF2)

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM:  AMD  (DF1 & DF2)


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM:  AMD  (FF2)

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM:  NVIDIA (DF1)

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM:  NVIDIA (FF2)


8:00 AM - 12:00 PM:  IBM  (FF2 & DF1)

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM:  IBM (DF2)

3:00 PM - 5:00PM:  CLOSEOUT


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Computational Research and Theory Building (CRT)
1 Cyclotron Road, Bldg. 59
Berkeley, CA 94720
Tel: 510.486.4000

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary national laboratory located in Berkeley, California on a hillside directly above the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. The site consists of 76 buildings located on 183 acres, which overlook both the campus and the San Francisco Bay. »More Visitor Information.

Site Access

All non-LBNL participants must register to obtain a visitor bus pass or parking pass in advance.  We recommend carpooling, shuttle and taxi.  Check-in with Security and picture ID is required.  LBNL Security requires the names, citizenship and country of birth of all visitors.  If you have questions, please contact Zaida McCunney and Lynn Rippe by September 16, 2015.

The Blackberry Canyon entrance is closest to the CRT Building. The shuttle buses stop at the 65 building or main shuttle bus stop (across the street from CRT).

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Parking at LBNL is limited due to a number of construction projects. We recommend car pooling, LBNL shuttle, or taxi. If you drive, a parking space may be reserved.  For those visitors who plan to drive to LBNL, we will reserve general parking near the CRT Building.

Shuttle Information

There is an LBNL shuttle bus from various locations around the City of Berkeley, including near the Downtown Berkeley BART station.  If you plan to take the LBNL shuttle, you are required to have an LBNL Visitor Bus Pass  (requires advance notice) and picture ID to show the bus driver. 

Bay Area Rapid Transit Train (BART)

The Downtown Berkeley BART station is two short blocks from the LBNL shuttle line on the corner of Addison and Shuttuck.  The LBNL Blue Shuttle Bus will take you to the Blackberry Canyon entrance and the CRT Building.  The CRT building is across the street from LBNL's main bus stop. »BART Web site


It is recommended lodging reservations be booked early.

Downtown Berkeley Inn
2001 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720
Rate: $109 (To obtain this rate, please send e-mail to Zaida McCunney.  She will make the reservation at the LBNL rate. After you receive the reservation, please call the Berkeley Inn directly to provide your credit card and guarantee your reservation.  24 hour cancellation policy.

Hotel Durant
2600 Durant St., Berkeley, CA 94705
Tel: 510.845.8981
Rate: $178.20 (Lowest rate)

Hotel Shattuck
2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tel: 510.845.7300
Rate: $144 (LBNL rate - no longer available)
(One short block from the Downtown Berkeley BART station and LBNL shuttle stop)

LBNL Guest House - SOLD OUT
1 Cyclotron Road
Berkeley, CA 94720
Rate: $124

Courtyard Oakland Airport
350 Hegenberger Road, Oakland, CA 94710
Tel: 510.568.7600
Rate: $199 (1st night, $219 remaining nights).  Govt rate no longer available.

Additional Lodging.


 All non-LBNL participants are required to register.  The registration fee will provide site access, AM/PM refreshments and lunch.  If you prefer to go to the LBNL cafeteria for meals, please register and you will have that option.   We will not plan on meals for you.  The cafeteria is open from 7:30 am - 2:00 pm.  Registration deadline is September 16, 2015.

Please click on the link and choose the registration type that applies to you.  There will be a small administrative fee of $4.75 charged.

LBNL employees must send e-mail to Zaida McCunney and Lynn Rippe to confirm your attendance.

Vendors will be required to register.  Additionally, please confirm your attendance via e-mail to Lynn Rippe.

Remote Participants

A conference has been scheduled for the vendor sessions.  Lynn Rippe will provide the conference information and passwords.  If you have questions, please contact  Lynn Rippe.

Meeting Logistics

Zaida McCunney
Tel: 510.486.6247
Cell: 510.910.0520