--- The Users Workshop for LArSoft and FIFE will take place at Fermilab from Tuesday, June 20 through Thursday, June 22. For more information and registration details, see the full poster here.

--- The next Linux quarterly meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 28 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Wilson Hall Curia II. The meeting will include SL/SLF news and updates and a presentation on 3rd party Enterprise Linux yum repositories. Visit the Scientific Linux at Fermilab site for more information on the quarterly meetings.

--- The May edition of LarSoft Notes titled "Updated Continuous Integration" is now available.

--- New employees

Bruno Coimbra
(SCD/Scientific Computing Services/Scientific Distributed Computing Solutions/User Support for Distributed Computing)

Farrukh Aftab Khan (SCD/Scientific Computing Facilities/Experiment Computing Facilities/Grid and Cloud Operations)

--- Retirements

John Bernhard (CCD/Network and Communication Services/Teleccommunication) is retiring on June 8.

--- May anniversaries
(5, 10, 15 & 20+ years)

Adam Walters - 37 years
Jean Reising - 33 years
Marc Mengel - 26 years
Roger Slisz - 26 years
Matt Crawford - 25 years
Quinton Healy - 21 years
Heath O'Connell - 15 years
Valena Sibley - 10 years
Rick Kautz - 5 years
Mitch Renfer - 5 years

--- Promotions

Mike Rosier - Computing Services Architect II
Melissa Clegg - Spires Database Associate
Ryan Heath - Network Architect I
Michael Zalokar - Application Developer & System Analyst III
Anthony Tiradani - Computing Services Architect I
Rennie Scott - Computing Services Specialist IV
Robert Illingworth - Application Developer & System Analyst III
Stephen White - Application Developer & System Analyst III
Guilherme Lima - Application Physicist II

--- Spot award recipients from November 2016 through May 15, 2017




Farha Bhimji

John Galvan

Marco Mambelli

Karin Kemp

Jessie Pudelek

Bonnie King

Cindy Arnold

Art Lee Tanya Levshina

Kathy Saumell

Hannah Ward Patrick Reihecky
Matt Arena   Ken Herner

Patty Cameron

  Jeny Teheran
Rich Eckert    
Ryan Heath    
Olga Vlasova    
Norman Ho    

--- Together with Argonne National Laboratory, Fermilab hosted the National Laboratories Information Technology (NLIT) Summit 2017 at Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, from April 30 to May 3. The summit is an annual conference that facilitates information-sharing regarding all aspects of IT in support of research conducted at DOE laboratories.

Attendance this year reached a record high, with 409 attendees from the various labs and 119 exhibitors.

These are some of the 400 people who attended NLIT 2017. Photo courtesy of Keenan Newton






--- Valerie Higgins gave a talk about the history of Fermilab at theThomas Ford Memorial Library on March 30. An article about her talk was published in the Western Springs Journal.










From the CIO: Machine learning workshop comes to Fermilab
Rob Roser
Chief Information Officer Rob Roser

The scientific method has been transformed by the massive computational capabilities that are now available. High-speed networks, our ability to move and share huge amounts of data, our improved data analysis capabilities and just the raw computing power now available, have all coalesced to forever change our approach to research. Meanwhile, over the next decade, HEP will build a new generation of “modern marvels,” accelerators and detectors that will push the envelope of what “big data” means. Our job is to develop computing models capable of pushing more big data through intelligent networked machines such that we get to ask “bigger” questions and challenge our understanding of the world through what the data reveals to us.

In response to this new world, experts worldwide are collaborating to investigate the best path forward. This past week, Scientific Computing Division hosted the third in a series of workshops dedicated to data science in high-energy physics. One hundred forty-one computer scientists, data scientists and particle physicists from around the globe came to Fermilab to explore cutting edge solutions to large-scale computational problems with an emphasis on machine learning across HEP.

Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence (AI) that enables computers to learn automatically without being explicitly programmed. It focuses on the development of computer programs that can access data and use it to learn for themselves. The learning process begins with making observations in our data, identifying patterns and making better decisions in the future based on the examples that we provide. In its more advanced form, machine learning could enable computers to look for new physics without being explicitly told what to look for.

These ideas are not new. Particle physicists have been using neural networks and machine learning for a very long time to maximize the value of the data that we have. In fact, these techniques were pivotal to the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson. What we are now realizing is that this field has really progressed and that particle physicists can improve their game dramatically through partnerships with domain computer scientists who do machine learning research as well as data scientists. This series of meetings is designed to foster that collaboration and accelerate our learning curve. 

The meeting last week was very successful. I would like to thank those who organized the event: Jim Kowalkowski, Lindsey Gray, Saba Sehrish and Gabe Perdue.

~ Rob

Ken Herner leading a computing course at the High Energy...High Ambitions conference










As part of the national My Brother’s Keeper initiative, the Women’s Initiative hosted Fermilab’s “High Energy . . .  High Ambitions” student conference on May 2. Approximately 300 underrepresented students from high schools across Chicagoland experienced different aspects of working at Fermilab and learned about STEM fields. The students were split into six groups of 50 and rotated among various activities at Wilson Hall.

Highlights included: a welcome address by lab chief operations officer Tim Meyer and closing remarks by chief financial officer Vanessa Peoples; career panels; breakout sessions on computer security, distributed computing and coding; tours of the Wilson Hall fifteenth floor exhibit, the accelerator control room and the remote operations centers; a show by Mr. Freeze; and exhibits in the atrium by invited guests including representatives from colleges and local STEM organizations.

The student conference was truly a labwide event, and many members of the lab community participated. Computing participants included: Event co-chair, Lita Scott (along with co-chair, Jennifer Gondorchin – WDRS); Stephan Lammel and Jen Adelman-McCarthy led tours; Margaret Votava, Erica Snider and Laura Fields participated on the career panel; Ken Herner, Marco Mambelli and Jeny Teheran led the computing sessions with assistance from Tanya Levshina, Felipe Alba, Glenn Cooper, Tim Skirvin, Krista Majewski, Penelope Constanta, Guilherme Lima, Yuyi Guo and Gaston Lyons.

The My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge is a national initiative launched by former President Barack Obama and supported by former energy secretary Ernest Moniz to improve active learning in STEM fields. The High Energy . . .  High Ambitions Student Conference is the second event at Fermilab within the past three months that demonstrates the lab’s ability and willingness to host and support diversity and higher learning.

Marco Mambelli leading a computing course at the High Energy...High Ambitions conference












Fang Wang
(Service Management/Communications)

As of this October, I will have worked in the Computing Communications Group at the lab for 10 years. My main responsibility is to fulfill the role of website coordinator for Computing. As such, I am responsible for keeping public web content up-to-date and ensuring subject-matter experts review it on an annual basis. I am currently leading the Computing Web Modernization project, which will not only provide a new look and feel for computing.fnal.gov, but will also deliver fresh content. The website is expected to go live in late summer.

In addition, I contribute to various projects by creating communications plans, writing and editing documentation and developing web content, among other activities. Most recently, I am leading communications on the Kronos (Fermilab Time & Labor) Upgrade Project and the PeopleSoft Upgrade Project. 

Finally, I have many additional routine activities including vetting change communications, updating the FCC lobby monitor content and compiling the Scientific Computing Division newsletter. I also made some PHP code changes last year to switch the authentication mechanism for our web content management system from KCA authentication to Single Sign-On.

Outside of work, I enjoy watching my kids’ soccer games and reading children’s books with them.

Giuseppe Cerati
(Systems for Scientific Applications/Scientific Software Infrastructure/Reconstruction)

I’ve been an associate scientist in SCD at Fermilab for almost one year. After 10 years working on data analysis and track reconstruction algorithms for the CMS experiment, that culminated with the discovery of the Higgs Boson in 2012, last summer was the right time to join in on searches for New Physics in the neutrino sector.

As a member of the MicroBooNE collaboration, I am mainly interested in searching for sterile neutrinos, as well as the development of techniques for the reconstruction and analysis of liquid argon TPC data. These are of primary importance for the preparation of the DUNE experiment and the search for CP violation in the neutrino sector.

I am involved in R&D projects exploring the utilization of modern techniques such as machine learning and cutting edge compute architectures, such as GPU or Xeon Phi, for HEP data reconstruction. I am especially focused on the next generation of experiments, which will require processing of unprecedented volumes of data. Such architectures feature massively parallel units, and traditional HEP algorithms need to be restructured throughout to efficiently exploit them.

When I am not in front a laptop or in a meeting room, I spend most of my time chasing my little kids or cooking for their lovely mom.