--- June's Computing All Hands meeting slides are now available on DocDB.

--- New SPOT awards to the Frontier Pub are now available. For more information, see the Fermilab at Work Announcement.

--- Daniel Elvira's paper “Impact of Detector Simulation on Particle Physics Collider Experiments” was accepted to the Physics Reports of Physics Letters. Here is the arXiv reference (until published).



































In June 1992 — 25 years ago this month — Fermilab established its website at www.fnal.gov. Later that year, the laboratory's Computing Division created Fermilab's first HTML page.































June anniversaries
(5, 10, 15 & 20+ years)

Keith Coiley - 48 years
Etta Burns - 35 years
Nanette Larson - 35 years
Andrew Romero - 30 years
JoAnn Larson - 28 years
Lisa Giacchetti - 27 years
Jen Adelman McCarthy - 20 years
Rachel Hurd - 15 years
Tim Messer - 15 years
Paul Lauss - 5 years
Bernadette Tabor - 5 years

From the CIO: SCD, on the path to Quantum Computing
Rob Roser
Chief Information Officer Rob Roser

Computers built on the principles of quantum physics—as opposed to "classical” physics—promise a revolution on the same order as the invention of the microprocessor or the splitting of the atom. The vast increase in compute power that quantum computing could provide, if harnessed, could revolutionize fields as disparate as medicine, space exploration, artificial intelligence and of course, high-energy physics. It could solve problems that could take centuries using traditional computers in a matter of minutes.

But building and harnessing the power of a quantum computer is very difficult. It requires experts with many different backgrounds to come together and work on this challenging problem. 

The Department of Energy is starting to get interested in quantum computing in a serious way. The national laboratory system is a perfect way to leverage a collective set of expertise to solve this quantum computing problem.

And now, Fermilab is starting to position itself in this area. We have many of the key competencies needed to do quantum computing R&D. The lab can leverage our proficiency in radio frequency (SRF) and dark matter detection technologies to build quantum sensors. In Computing, our expertise in algorithms, simulation, workflows and networking will all play a significant role in developing our quantum computing program.

In SCD, there are several things already happening. We are partnering with the California Institute of Technology and AT&T to develop a prototype quantum information network at the lab. The project, a quantum Internet demonstration of sorts, is called INQNET (INtelligent Quantum NEtworks and Technologies).  

We have written a proposal with Oak Ridge National lab that will attempt to translate partial differential equation (PDE) solvers, useful in many different kinds of scientific computing problems, to a quantum mechanical system. This should provide dramatic increases in speed.

Finally, we are also jointly submitting an Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) research proposal with Google to develop a co-design center. The co-design concept has been employed extensively and successfully by the embedded computing community and more recently has been used for the evolution of extreme-scale computing architectures. Applying this concept toward the development of quantum computing systems appears to be the right approach for developing more effective systems and applications and for expanding the user community. Our pre-proposal has been accepted, and we have been invited to submit a full proposal.

Finally, we have a joint project underway including Fermilab, Caltech and the University of Southern California, in which we test the power of a D-Wave quantum computer for building particle physics classifiers– algorithms that can quickly identify certain kinds of physics processes.

While DOE’s quantum computing initiative is still in its infancy, this is an exciting time for us. As you can see, we have a few “shovel ready” projects that we expect will provide the foundation to launch this new and exciting effort. A quantum computer that we helped design and build may soon find its way to Fermilab, and the beginning of a new computational era will follow.

~ Rob

SCD's Jim Amundson presenting at Fermilab's 50th Anniversary Symposium and Users Meeting.

--- As mentioned in Rob Roser's Computing All Hands meeting, SCD's Oli Gutsche and Jim Amundson presented at Fermilab's 50th Anniversary Symposium and Users Meeting on June 7 and 8. Oli's presentation was titled "Computing Innovations" and Jim's was titled "Computing at Fermilab: Looking toward the Future." The video of Jim's presentation can be viewed here.

--- CCD's Sandra Lee gave a presentation titled, "National Labs Update for Librarians" at the Annual Conference of the American Library Association on June 24.

Michael Zalokar
(Business Infrastructure Applications)

I have worked in Computing for 16 years. Initially, I worked on Enstore with features like Enstore TV (ENTV) and tape migration. Today, I work on a variety of projects in the Business Infrastructure Applications group.

My current projects include maintenance of the Issue Tracker (TIssue), Fermi Blocking Interface (FBI) and Network Common InfraStructure (NCIS) suite trio. These products work together to give the Computer Security team a powerful tool to monitor and enforce security compliance on our networks.

My other responsibilities include:

  • The getDose web-based service that monitors radiation workers’ exposure.
  • The proxy services that MISCOMP and ServiceNow use to update our DNS server.
  • The Lab Calendar, including extracting events from the official lab calendar from the Microsoft Outlook Web Access site and enhancing it with data from the Microsoft Graph API that is used to filter events on the Fermilab@Work official calendar page.
  • The Zoom account creation tool.

When not working, I spend a lot of time pushing my kids on swings. In the summer at lunchtime, I can be found doing laps at the village pool.

Shreyas Bhat
(Scientific Computing Services/Scientific Distributed Computing Solutions/User Support for Distributed Computing)

I came to Fermilab just over a year ago from the healthcare finance industry, where I worked on client and internal support. I enjoy troubleshooting and solving problems, as well as developing tools to expedite problem solving, and that is what brought me here.

At Fermilab, I am a part of the User Support for Distributed Computing group, where my responsibilities include supporting FIFE users and developing and maintaining tools to better serve them. In particular, I was involved with re-implementing the experiment allocations and sub allocations on the Fifebatch system and configuring our GlideinWMS software to allow FIFE experiments to submit jobs to dedicated allocations offsite. I also do a fair amount of work on the VOMS and GUMS configurations at Fermilab. Additionally, I worked on the Open Science Grid GRACC accounting system project, in which my work included upgrading the reporting suite to use the new Elasticsearch database that underpins GRACC.  I'm currently involved in the Landscape project, helping to expand and develop our monitoring tools and systems. In addition, I co-edit our department's newsletter, FIFE Notes.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and one-year-old son, playing tennis and playing my guitars.  

Combining outdoor activities with the greens of summer brings on pleasant images of a beautiful day; however, encountering some greens of summer will make for a dismal day. Here are some images and old rhymes that might help you avoid some of these botanical nightmares.

Poison Ivy: Hairy vine, no friend of mine

Poison Ivy: Leaves of three, let it be






Poison Ivy: Side leaflets like mittens, will itch like the dickens

Poison sumac: Longer middle stem, stay away from them