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Berkeley Lab to Showcase HPC and Networking Leadership in Talks, Demos at SC06 Conference

November 11, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. — Computing and networking experts from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will share their leadership expertise via talks, technical papers and demonstrations at the SC06 conference to be held Nov. 11–17 in Tampa , Fla.

Booth Demonstrations and Talks

Berkeley Lab, located in booth 1812, will present demonstrations of a number of tools and techniques developed to advanced scientific computing and networking. Booth demonstrations will include the following:

  • The Bro Cluster for Intrusion Detection on a 10 Gig Network
  • Using FastBit for High-Performance Visual Analysis of Numerical and Text Data: Mining the Enron Email Archive
  • Python Tools for Automatically Wrapping Legacy Codes as Grid Services
  • Tool for Validating Compatibility and Interoperability of Storage Resource Managers (SRMs) for Heterogeneous Storage Systems
  • ACTS Collection User Support Clinic
  • Using VisIt to Visualize and Analyze AMR Data of Turbulent Reactive Chemistry Simulations
  • Plasma Wakefield Acceleration Visualization
  • High Performance Visualization using an 8-socket, 16-core Opteron Machine

Talks in the LBNL booth will cover three Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) projects led by Berkeley Lab, the new Cray XT4 being installed at NERSC, ESnet's new network partnership with Internet2, and supernova research at NERSC. Here's the schedule:

Tuesday, Nov. 14

  • 11 a.m.: “Scientific Data Management: Essential Technology for Data-Intensive Science,” Arie Shoshani, Scientific Data Management, LBNL
  • 2 p.m.: “NERSC's Move Toward Petascale Computing with the Cray XT Architecture,” William T. Kramer, NERSC/LBNL
  • 3 p.m.: “Discovery and Destabilization: Experiments in Stellar Explosions at NERSC,” F. Douglas Swesty and Eric S. Myra, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Wednesday, Nov. 15

  • 11 a.m.: “The SciDAC2 Visualization and Analytics Center for Enabling Technologies: Overview and Objectives,” Wes Bethel, Visualization, LBNL
  • 2 p.m.: “Next Generation Optical Infrastructure for the U.S. Research and Education Community,” William E. Johnston, ESnet, LBNL
  • 3 p.m.: “Introducing the SciDAC Outreach Center,” Jonathan Carter, NERSC User Services, LBNL.

Technical Program Presentations

Berkeley Lab is also well represented in the SC06 technical program, with LBNL staff presenting research in technical paper, tutorial and poster sessions, invited talks, workshops and a Birds-of-a-Feather sessions. Here is a list of presentations by LBNL staff:

  • “25 Years of Accelerator Modeling,” Masterworks presentation, Robert Ryne, Accelerator and Fusion Research Division
  • “ESnet,” Education Program plenary talk, Bill Johnston, Computational Research Division
  • “Detecting Distributed Scans Using High-Performance Query-Driven Visualization,” technical paper, Kurt Stockinger, E. Wes Bethel, Scott Campbell, Eli Dart, and Kesheng Wu, Computational Research Division
  • “Optimized Collectives for PGAS Languages with One-Sided Communication,” poster, Dan Bonachea, Paul Hargrove, Rajesh Nishtala, Michael Welcome, Katherine Yelick, Computational Research Division
  • “Computing Protection in Open HPC Environments,” tutorial, Stephen Q. Lau, Scott Campbell, William T. Kramer, Brian L. Tierney, NERSC Division
  • “The HPC Challenge (HPCC) Benchmark Suite,” tutorial, David Bailey, co-presenter, Computational Research Division
  • “Best Practice in HPC Procurements,” workshop, Bill Kramer, NERSC Division
  • “TOP500 Supercomputers,” Birds of a Feather, Erich Strohmaier, Computational Research Division

Additionally, Zhengji Zhao, Lin-Wang Wang, Juan Meza, Andrew Canning and Osni Marques of LBNL's Computational Research Division will give presentations during the Second IEEE/ACM International Workshop on High Performance Computing for Nano-science and Technology (HPCNano06) to be held in conjunction with SC06.

About NERSC and Berkeley Lab
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility that serves as the primary high performance computing center for scientific research sponsored by the Office of Science. Located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, NERSC serves almost 10,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities researching a wide range of problems in climate, fusion energy, materials science, physics, chemistry, computational biology, and other disciplines. Berkeley Lab is a DOE national laboratory located in Berkeley, California. It conducts unclassified scientific research and is managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy. »Learn more about computing sciences at Berkeley Lab.