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Ninth Annual ACTS Workshop Tackles “Building Robust, Scalable, and Portable Software”

September 1, 2008

Forty applications and tool developers from around the globe met at the Berkeley Lab’s Oakland Scientific Facility, home of NERSC, on August 19–22, for the 9th annual Advanced CompuTational Software (ACTS) Collection workshop on “Building Robust, Scalable and Portable Software.”

The four-day workshop introduced the ACTS Collection to scientists whose research demands include large amounts of computation, complex software integration, distributed computing, the use of robust numerical algorithms, or combinations of these. Participants were given 13 tutorials on a range of ACTS tools and other software developed by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SciDAC Program. Using NERSC’s Jacquard computer, each student also received hands-on practice using ACTS tools to solve simple problems.

“This year, we had a terrific group. The workshop participants were bright, showed great interest in the tutorials and hands-on sessions, they worked diligently through hands-on sessions, despite the long days,” says Tony Drummond of the Computational Research Division (CRD), who organized the workshop.

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.