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Delegation from France’s Strategic Council for HPC Visits LBNL

September 1, 2008

On Wednesday, August 27, a delegation from the French Strategic Council for High Performance Computing visited with Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences managers and staff to discuss research in scientific data management, algorithm development, computer architectures, collaborations with the University of California Berkeley, and other issues ranging from staffing to budgeting.

The council was established by the French Ministry of Research to advise the government on investments and research programs in supercomputing. Members of the delegation included Strategic Council Chair Olivier Pironneau, a professor at the University of Paris, and council members Michel Kern and Laura Grigori (formerly a researcher in LBNL’s Scientific Computing Group).

This summer, the delegates also visited several American universities to learn about cutting-edge projects in software development for high performance computing.

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