New to Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences Team
November 30, 2012
Pradeep Mantha, Advanced Computing for Sciences Department
As a computer systems engineer in CRD's Advanced Computing for Sciences Department, Pradeep Mantha will be developing software infrastructures to help distributed researchers from a variety of scientific fields effectively use high performance grid, cloud computing and storage infrastructures.
Originally from India, Mantha received his undergraduate degree in computer science from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad. After college, he worked as an application developer in the software Industry and returned to college to pursue a master's in computer science at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. During his graduate studies, Mantha specialized in the field of grid and cloud computing. He worked on implementing a scalable MapReduce programming model on distributed cyberInfrastructures for data intensive scientific applications. His work was published at MapReduce Workshop 2012.
"I became interested in computing during my masters," says Mantha. "Most of the scientific applications perform better when they can effectively utilize the huge computation power that is currently available. But, the limitations of existing software tools and lack of flexible software abstractions, limits the scalability of scientific applications over distributed computational and storage resources. The challenge involved in supporting large-scale scientific compute and data intensive applications was really interesting to me."
In his spare time, Mantha enjoys biking, hiking and watching movies.
Jessica Voytek, Advanced Computing for Sciences Department
As a user interface/web designer in the Advanced Computing for Sciences Department, Jessica Voytek will work on projects like developing a user portal for the Department of Energy's Advanced Light Source, and a website for scientists in the National Soil Carbon Network to share their massive datasets with the FluxNet Synthesis Dataset and other interested third parties.
Over the last 10 years, Voytek has worked across the spectrum of web design and development—from small start-ups to larger non-profits, and academic institutions. She was initially drawn to computers for graphic design and eventually moved toward front-end development as the need arose. Her most influential career position was Information Services Manager at the Girl Scouts of Northern California, and it was this role that inspired her to refocus her career on user interface and experience design. So she decided to pursue her Masters in Information Management and Systems at the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her Masters in 2011.
A native of Southern California, Voytek migrated north several years ago for work and has been here ever since. She notes that her favorite things about the Bay Area are the diversity of community, thoughts, ideas and activities. In her spare time, Voytek enjoys spending time with her one-year old son, eating out, gardening, cooking and making things with her hands.
Roberto Agostino Vitillo, Advanced Computing for Sciences Department
|Roberto Agostino Vitillo|
As a computer systems engineer in the Advanced Computing for Sciences Department, Roberto Vitillo will primarily be working on optimizing the performance of the software framework used in the Large Hadron Collider's ATLAS experiment. Before coming to ACS, Vitillo worked in Berkeley Lab's Physics Division where he collaborated with Google engineers to develop a micro-architectural profiler for supercomputing.
"The tool is mainly used internally at Google for their big apps and at CERN in the ATLAS experiment. Thanks to it we were able to gain significant speedups in our code," says Vitillo. "Before that I was employed by the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics where I worked on the monitoring software used in the data acquisition of the ATLAS experiment."
A native of Ariano Irpino (a small city of Southern Italy), Vitillo moved to the Northern California to work at the Berkeley Lab. "I am having a great time enjoying the Bay Area with its mild weather and friendly people," he says.
In his spare time, Vitillo enjoys biking, surfing and DJing (a.k.a disc jockeying).