NERSCPowering Scientific Discovery for 50 Years

Workshop Logistics


This workshop is being organized by the Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences and Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) to elucidate computing requirements for high energy physics research at NERSC. These requirements will serve as input to the NERSC planning processes for systems and support, and will help ensure that NERSC continues to provide world-class support for scientific discovery to DOE scientists and their collaborators.

The tangible outcome of the workshop will be a report that includes the computing, storage, data, and support requirements and a supporting, science-based narrative.

Location and Schedule

The day-and-a-half workshop will be held all day Tuesday, February 9 and on the morning of Wednesday, February 10, 2010.

Update, Monday, Feb. 8, 9:10 PST: Due to current and forecast weather conditions in the Washington, D.C. area, the workshop will be held as a teleconference/web conference. Logistical information has been e-mailed to participants. If you did not receive it, please send email to

Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Executive Meeting Center 1750 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20852


The workshop is by invitation only. There is no registration fee; however, you MUST respond to the e-mail address that was in your invitation letter.


Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Ctr.

Meeting Format

This workshop will generate a requirements document for the BES Program Office. This document will be composed of a series of case studies prepared using input from the workshop attendees.

If you are a workshop attendee you should review the preliminary case study documents and other materials on the Reference Materials page. Please then use these background materials in combination with your own knowledge and experience to generate a narrative describing your scientific research program. Examples of science narratives with their accompanying requirements matrices can be found in the Case Study Requirements Update document. Please bring your case study (narrative and corresponding data table) with you to the workshop.

At the workshop we will review the documents and speak among the attendees to ensure that we understand the science being done insofar as it has an impact on future facilities and services. We will ask participants to give a short presentation summarizing their work and computing needs.

The tangible outcome of the workshop will be a document that includes both the HPC requirements and a supporting narrative.

Note that in this and other documents we may use the term "computing requirements" to mean the full complement of NERSC computational science needs, including compute cycles, storage, data services, analysis, support services, visualization, and communications.