With $62 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, ESnet built a 100 Gbps long-haul prototype network and a wide-area testbed. So far more than 25 groups have taken advantage of ESnet’s wide-area testbed, which is open to researchers from government agencies and private industry, to test new, potentially disruptive network technologies without interfering with other network traffic. Here are some of their stories. More>
Earth is mostly protected from solar radiation by the magnetosphere. But sometimes the magnetosphere “cracks,” allowing radiation to seep in and wreak havoc on power grids and satellites. This phenomenon is not well understood, so scientists from UC San Diego ran simulations to investigate what happens. In the process, they generated approximately 3 petabytes of data, and reached out to Berkeley Lab’s Burlen Loring to develop customized visualization techniques for analyzing data. More>
Introducing: Matthew Cordery. More>
Vint Cerf, a member of the ESnet Policy Board, and Van Jacobson, former head of Berkeley Lab’s Network Research Group, are in the first class of inductees into the Internet Hall of Fame. Cerf is honored as a Pioneer, and Jacobson as an Innovator. More>
In an effort to make NERSC resources more accessible to its users, the facility is rolling out a number of applications that allow researchers to access scientific data on their web browsers, tablets and smart phones. This month, the facility announced two new applications now available to its users. More>
The Department of Energy’s NERSC is launching a new initiative to support DOE-relevant, data-intensive science pilot projects for up to 18 months. More>
Throughout her 28-year career at Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley national laboratories, Roxanne Clark built a strong track record of supporting senior managers who went on to bigger and better things. More>
CRD’s Complex Systems Group Lead David Bailey and University of Newcastle Mathematics Professor Jonathan Borwein have collaborated on the subject of experimental mathematics for a quarter of a century. A new book, Exploratory Experimentation in Mathematics: Selected Works, collects sixteen articles they wrote together or separately and with coauthors. These works reflect Bailey and Borwein’s work on and their views about the changing face of computer-assisted “high-performance” mathematics.
For the fourth year in a row, Berkeley Lab staff hosted juniors from Albany High School as part of the school's annual Job Shadow Day. The event matches students with mentors in areas of interest specified by the students. This year, Computing Sciences hosted six students, while other Lab organizations hosted another six. Computing Sciences Communications Manager Jon Bashor and EETD's Jonathan Slack, whose children attend Albany High, are parent volunteers on the school committee matching students and mentors for the event. More>
Eleven teams of high school girls who have been meeting with mentors at Berkeley Lab since February to develop science education apps for smartphones gave their best pitches for their work Saturday, with a team from Albany High taking top honors for StudiCafe, an app aimed at helping students study for college-level Advanced Placement courses with social networking added to maintain interest. More>
While the commercial Internet is growing at a staggering rate, it has nothing on the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), which links tens of thousands of scientists at laboratories, universities and other research institutions around the world. As critical missions for other federal agencies, such as Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), become more challenging, these organizations must upgrade their networks while keeping it fast and agile. An article in FedTech suggests that agencies should consider some best practices learned by ESnet, which has carried out a number of successful upgrades. More>
In a column for the Huffington Post, CRD's Complex Systems Group Lead David Bailey and University of Newcastle Mathematics Professor Jonathan Borwein write about how the computing and communication revolution has changed how humans play games, and predicts how our relationship with computer games will evolve in the next few decades. More>
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