March 1, 2008
SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING ARTICLE
An article on the role and successes of the SciDAC Outreach Center, which is run by NERSC researcher David Skinner, appeared in a recent issue of Scientific Computing magazine.
SciDAC (Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing) is a DOE Office of Science program that supports the development of software tools for tackling research using terascale computers. The Outreach Center, launched last year, serves as a clearinghouse for software tools and information for scientists who use or conduct research on high-performance systems. It also facilitates exchanges between various SciDAC research centers and the rest of the scientific community.
For example, the Outreach Center has helped the Applied Partial Differential Equation Center (APDEC) to promote and distribute its software. The tools developed by APDEC are being used in areas such as fusion energy, combustion, astrophysics and oceanography.
In another instance, the Outreach Center worked with a database equipment company that wanted to know more about how their technology could benefit the research community. The Outreach Center connected the company with scientists who might be interested in using the technology.
“Whether it is bringing new talent to HPC (high performance computing), delivering HPC resources to new audiences, or incorporating new technologies into DOE’s HPC portfolio, the SciDAC Outreach Center is there as a broker between resources and needs to help get computing done,” wrote Skinner in the article, titled “Reaching Out to the Next Generation of HPC Users.” Skinner also heads the Open Software and Programming Group at NERSC.
Read the article to learn more about the Outreach Center.
NERSC General Manager Bill Kramer will be a keynote speaker at the Storage Networking World Conference next month in Florida, presenting the technology and services provided by NERSC for archiving scientific data. Computerworld, a technology maga- zine and website, is hosting the conference.
In his talk, titled “NERSC — Extreme Storage and Computation for Science,” Kramer will discuss the storage, networking and computational requirements for the computer center. He will describe the current and future deployments of the NERSC Global Filesystem, a key component in the center’s strategy to provide an integrated set of systems and services for handling petabytes of data in a highly parallel environment.
The conference features a diverse set of speakers, including Jim Swartz, Chief Information Officer at Sybase, and Laura Campbell, Associate Librarian for Strategic Initiatives at the Library of Congress.
The conference will take place in Orlando from April 7–10. Kramer will speak on April 9, and you can learn more by checking out the conference agenda.
SCIDAC OUTREACH WORKSHOP ON GENOMICS
The SciDAC Outreach Center, headed by NERSC’s David Skinner, presented talks about high-performance computing tools in a workshop sponsored by the DOE’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) and the Interagency Working Group on Metabolic Engineering.
The four-day workshop in February was called “Joint Genomics: GTL Awardee Workshop VI and Metabolic Engineering 2008 and USDA-DOE Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy Awardee Workshop 2008.” DOE’s Genomics:GTL research program aims to understand the abilities of plants and microbes that enable clean energy generation, toxic waste cleanup and other environmental benefits.
The SciDAC Outreach Center organized a half-day workshop for identifying computational resources that would benefit researchers in the new bioenergy research centers, announced last year by DOE Secretary of Energy Sameul Bodman and administered by BER. Berkeley Lab is one of the six organizations that will run the DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), which is one of the three bioenergy research centers and is expected to receive $125 million in funding over five years.
Skinner, head of NERSC’s Open Software and Programming Group, spoke about “Grid Based Management and Parallel Molecular Dynamics Simulations.” Kathy Yelick, director of NERSC, discussed “NERSC Systems and Services.” Wes Bethel, head of the NERSC’s Analytics Team and the SciDAC Visualization and Analytic Center for Enabling Technologies, presented “Analysis of 3D Gene Expression Data.”
In addition, Nagiza Samatova from the SciDAC Scientific Data Management Center talked about “Scientific Data Management: Technologies and Applications.” Ruth Pordes from the Open Science Grid (OSG) gave a talk about the OSG.
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, the NERSC Center 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.