The Scientific Computing Simulation Department’s Accelerator Simulation (AS) group has been awarded a 2014 INCITE (Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment) grant of 50 million core hours of supercomputing at “DOE’s leadership computing facilities at Oak Ridge and Argonne national laboratories.”
This grant was awarded by the DOE Office of Science INCITE program, which chooses projects to share nearly six billion core hours available on “two of America’s fastest supercomputers dedicated to open science.” Also a 2013 recipient, the AS group proposal, led by PI James Amundson, is one of 59 projects selected this year, and one of only six highlighted in the DOE INCITE press release.
The work supported by the grant will center on simulating accelerators at Fermilab and CERN, furthering understanding of the intensity-dependent dynamics of accelerated particles and thus paving the way for more discoveries at the Intensity and Energy frontiers.
Please click here to see the press release for more details.
Super Computing 13: GPUs would make terrific network monitors - An off-the-shelf Nvidia GPU is able to easily capture all the traffic of a 10Gbps network, Fermilab research finds.
The Grid and Cloud Services Department is reorganizing. Despite the hard work of Steve Timm on FermiGrid and FermiCloud, the two programs are becoming too big for a single program to handle. Effective Dec. 1: Steven Timm becomes associate department head responsible for cloud computing and continues as FermiCloud project lead; Joe Boyd becomes group leader of the Grid and Cloud Services Operation Group, working on the day to day operations of FermiGrid, and Gerard Bernabeu becomes deputy group leader. Responsibilities will transition gradually over next 3 months
Dec. 20, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 20, 1
p.m.- 2:30 p.m.
(5, 10, 15 & 20+ years)
Ed Podschweit Jr- 42 years
Bill Barker- 29 years
Lauri Loebel Carpenter- 27 years
Gene Oleynik- 26 years
Mark Thomas- 26 years
Neal Wilcer- 26 years
Simon Kwan- 24 years
Wayne Baisley- 22 years
Amy Pavnica- 20 years
Vladimir Podstavkov- 15 years
Uday Manikonda- 10 years
Farha Bhimji (CCD/Network and Communication Services/Network and Services)
John Freeman (SCD/Systems for Scientific Applications/Scientific Software Infrastructure/Software System Development)
Just as snow shoveling (yes, it’s coming) presents hazards, leaf removal also presents its own risks. The biggest risk when raking is musculoskeletal injury. However, you must also be cautious of falls, eye injury, cuts and over-extertion. Here are some ways to reduce the risks:
- Pick up potential trip hazards such as yard toys.
- Watch out for low branches when raking close to trees.
- Take frequent breaks, and drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated.
- Use a rake that is right for your height. You shouldn’t have to bend too far over, and you should be able to space your hands apart enough to get a good grip.
- Alternate sides when raking.
- Keep leaf piles small, and bend at the knees (don’t twist) when picking them up.
- Don’t overfill leaf bags, especially when leaves are wet.
If all of this is just too daunting, take the safest route and pay the neighbor kid to rake your yard!
Jin Chang started as Deputy CIO of Fermilab in October, bringing years of experience and enthusiasm to the role. Jin will be responsible for overseeing a large part of the Office of the CIO; in particular the administrative support, financial management, computer security program, project and portfolio management, enterprise architecture and policy areas of work.
“I think the lab has a lot to offer,” said Jin. “I also think core competencies of the computing sector can be leveraged to explore a lot of different [areas]. So I’m very excited.”
Vicky White, associate lab director for computing science and technology and CIO, stated, “We are extremely pleased that he has agreed to join our organization since he brings with him a wealth of experience in CIO matters, enterprise architecture, project and portfolio management and, in general, problem solving.”
Jin comes from a computer science background having studied the field at the University of Southern California and the University of Michigan. After his first position at Bell Labs, Jin has worked at range of organizations, from small startups, to large institutions such as Excelon and Accenture. Just prior to Fermilab, he worked at the New York City Department of the Environment as a Chief Information Officer.
Jin was attracted to the lab because of its unique environment and potential. “I like the environment of Fermilab, where a lot of scientific research is going on; very open and flexible, with a lot of collaborations among different groups.” Fermilab’s IT capabilities are also of interest. “Not many organizations can offer the level of computation power and the capabilities that allow us to analyze the amount of data that we collect and maintain,” he said.
Jin is currently busy learning the organization and the laboratory. “I think there are many opportunities and areas that I can support and contribute,” he said. “The overall computing capabilities, that support all these different initiatives and complex experiments-it’s just fabulous,” he added.
CCD, Cyber Security Services, Security Operations
I work in the Security Operations group within the Cyber Security Services department of CCD. For the past 18 months I have been working as the Fermilab incident response coordinator. In this role, I ensure the day-to-day Incident Response program for the entire laboratory is running properly. Depending on the computer security incident, I am at times required to work with users in other divisions and sections.
I have been with Fermilab for over 30 years, with a focus on supporting Windows servers and desktops since 1995. During that time in both D0 and CD Windows Desktop Support, I have been involved peripherally with computer security through the General Computer Security Coordinator (GCSC) program.
I have brought my Windows expertise to Fermilab and have worked to tackle difficult issues in the area of business desktop computing. As such I have worked with many groups to upgrade services and strengthen the lab network. Some of these groups include networking, TIssue/NCIS, Windows Server and Desktop Engineering. I also helped develop and maintain the laboratory Antivirus handling policy and procedure. This includes maintaining the software used to determine if computers with virus infections should be blocked from the network.
In the end, whether I am wearing the Incident Response Coordinator hat or not, I work to ensure the laboratory network and computers are safe and secure.
Scientific Computing Division, Scientific Programs, Experimental Astrophysics
I've worked in the Computing Division at Fermilab for 21 years. In 2006, I joined the Experimental Astrophysics Group to work on the Dark Energy Survey (DES). I designed and implemented a number of the online databases for the Dark Energy Camera with the help of Igor Mandrichenko. These databases store the information that we record about the camera, the telescope and its support systems. They are also used during data acquisition to record details of the survey images. I maintain the database server in Chile as well as a mirror database server at Fermilab. In addition, I am the computing liaison between SCD and DES and act as the Analysis Computing Coordinator for DES and am the Deputy Head of the Experimental Astrophysics Group.
My current science research is studying strong gravitational lenses (see this article for an explanation of gravitational lensing and some images of lenses from DES). Lensed quasars interest me because they can be used to learn about the expansion rate of the universe. Currently, I am co-leading a project between scientists in the DES Collaboration and other scientists from universities in the US and Europe to discover new lensed quasars and to use them to understand dark energy.
As I write this, I am sitting in front of a wall of computer monitors in the control room of the Blanco telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) in Chile. Members of the DES Collaboration take turns in traveling to Chile to run observing shifts
When I am not beating back the frontiers of science I can often be found in front of my sewing machine or with my knitting needles producing my latest creation.
Desk: Service Confirmations
Service Providers, before closing an Incident or Requested Item, confirm with the customer that the issue has been resolved or that the request has been fulfilled.
Sharepoint: Moving SharePoint group members from one group to another
For Site Owners who want to move multiple group members from one SharePoint group to another, the following trick will save time:
- Select users you wish to add to a new group and, in the Actions menu, select “Email Users.”
- Copy the addresses from the email and paste into Microsoft Word.
- In Word, access the search box (CTRL F) and select “Replace.” Find all “@fnal.gov” but leave the “replace with” bar empty (this will delete “@fnal.gov” from each email.)
- Copy these edited addresses, and, in SharePoint, navigate to the group to which you want to add the new users. Paste them into the people picker.
- Click “Ok” to save changes.
For detailed instructions visit this article.