--- Road work affecting FCC access Nov. 5 & 6. Road B, the road to the east of Feynman Computing Center, will be closed to vehicles during repaving on Nov. 5 & 6. Road D, in addition to being closed in front of the new IARC facility, will also be closed east of Road A1. During this time, foot traffic across Road B will be limited to a designated walking path, and alternate parking areas should be used. Read more in this knowledge base article.

--- FermiLinux/Scientific Linux named one of the top 20 Chicago innovations that changed the world by the Chicago Tribune. The full story can be found here.

--- Computing Sector staff received Exceptional Performance Recognition Awards. Recipients are:

  • James Amundson (SCD, Systems for Scientific Applications, Scientific Computing Simulations, Accelerator Simulation)
  • Venu Bijumallav (CCD, Information Systems, Enterprise Applications)
  • Don Holmgren (SCD, Scientific Computing Facilities, High Performance Parallel Computing Facilities)
  • Sripada Joshi (CCD Enterprise Services Operations, Database Services)
  • Udaya Manikonda (CCD, Information Systems, Enterprise Applications)
  • Ray Pasetes (CCD, Network and Communication Services, Networks and Services/OCIO, Service Management, Process Managers)
  • Amy Pavnica (OCIO)
  • Amitoj Singh (SCD, Scientific Computing Facilities, High Performance Parallel Computing Facilities)
  • Panagiotis Spentzouris (SCD, Systems for Scientific applications/Scientific Computing Division Office, Entrepreneurial Ventures)

--- Molly Anderson (formerly of OCIO/Financial Management) was named a Diversity Champion and received an Employee Volunteer Recognition Award for her work with Fermilab’s TARGET Program over the past few years. “Students have learned a lot from her” says Sandra Charles, TARGET Program Administrator, of the Equal Opportunity & Diversity Office. “Molly has been very engaged with the students she has supervised and has taken sincere interest in helping them determine their direction for college.  She’s had a huge impact on students who are only here a few hours a day for six weeks in the summer.”

--- SharePoint training -
For end-users:

 Nov. 15, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

For designers: (prereq: end-user training)
Nov. 15, 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

CSA Day Poster
Click for larger image.


November 12 is Computer Security Awareness Day.

This years' events include lectures and informational booths in Wilson Hall. For a complete schedule of events click here.



Italian graduate students from the Physics Program, the Sant'Anna School Program and the Multi-University Program capped off their nine week summer internships with presentations summarizing their contributions to Fermilab. Follow the link to see their presentations.

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

Mark Schmitz- 34 years
Arthur Kreymer- 30 years
Adam Para- 28 years
Thinh Duc Pham- 26 years
Chris Stoughton- 26 years
John Marraffino- 24 years
George Szmuksta- 24 years
Merina Albert- 23 years
Stephen White- 23 years
Guilherme Rocha De Lima- 22 years
Elizabeth Buckley-Geer- 21 years
Briant Lawson- 10 years

Welcome, new employees!

Jin Chang (OCIO, Deputy CIO)
Marco Mambelli (SCD, Scientific Computing Services, Grid and Cloud Services, Grid and Cloud Services Solutions)
Keenan Newton (CCD, Core Computing Division Office)
Liang Zhang (CCD, Network and Communications Services, Wide Area Networking and Network Research)

New Training Document for Task Managers and Service Coordinators of Computer Room Work

A new document for people overseeing construction-type work in the Computing Sector’s computer rooms is now in TRAIN.  Because of the unique requirements of the data center environment, this training document will help task managers and service coordinators ensure worker safety and equipment protection.

If your ITNA indicates that you are a task manager or a construction coordinator and the work that you oversee takes place in one of the computer rooms, your Individual Training Plan should also indicate you will need to read this document.  Once you’ve read it, make sure that you take the online test so that you will receive credit for reading the document.  


Ghost hunting with the NOvA DAQ
Data Concentrator ModulesData Concentrator Modules (with their blue front panels), a component of the DAQ system, installed in the NOvA far detector in Minnesota. Click for larger image.
Photo: Reidar Hahn

The NOvA experiment uses Fermilab’s NuMI (Neutrinos at the Main Injector) beam to study the mysterious neutrino.  Known as “ghost particles” because they can pass through dense substances over long distances, neutrinos come in three “flavors,” and can morph from one to another as they travel.  NOvA will look at the change from muon to electron neutrinos to provide a more fundamental understanding of neutrinos’ role in the universe.

Experiment terminology evokes images of scientists peering into tubes, watching tiny explosions as particles ricochet off each other and scatter debris into the detector.  The reality is more complex, requiring specialized technology to “see” the events and make them available for analysis.

When a particle interacts in a detector, the resulting energy turns into a photon, perceived by sensitive electronics.  This electronic signal is digitized and funneled to the data acquisition (DAQ) component.  “The DAQ’s job is to collect all that information, package it in a useful format and store it,” says Rick Kwarciany, an engineer in the Fermilab DAQ Timings and Control group, part of the NOvA DAQ team.  “Then later, physicists can reconstruct what happened, looking for tracks and identifying particles.”  From the DAQ’s data, they will simulate graphical displays to “see” the particles.

NOvA Project Data Acquisition System for NOvA Detector. Click for larger image.
Photo: Reidar Hahn

DAQ systems are used in most particle physics experiments, but the requirements for NOvA differ from collider systems at Fermilab.  “Collider experiments generate lots of data at a very high rate,” says Kwarciany, “but for a neutrino experiment, the rates are pretty low.”  As opposed to high-rate experiments where a “trigger” identifies data to keep, all of NOvA’s data will be stored.  Data storage requirements will remain manageable, however, because of the lower event rate and the on/off beam cycle, only storing data for about 10 microseconds every second or so while it is on.

A challenge will be synchronizing timings across the large NOvA detector.  As particles pass through, a signal is sent to the DAQ with each interaction.  Consequently, when scientists reconstruct the data, it will be possible to follow a particle’s track.   Accurate event timings will help to identify the correct trail from the tangle of possible paths.  The size of the NOvA detector makes this difficult because of the time taken to communicate electrical signals.  To address this, the Fermilab team designed a timing system that automatically measures the many different system delays and then compensates for them.

Now the system has been installed, it is over to the experimenters.  The DAQ team can perform any upgrades or debugging remotely without disturbing the hardware.

A critical part of the experiment, the DAQ system’s successful data collection will be the basis on which NOvA scientists will be able to reconstruct events and analyze results.

Time to go ghost hunting!

~Clementine Jones

NOvA’s DAQ was designed by a collaboration including Argonne National Laboratory, Caltech, Charles University in Prague, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Harvard University, Indiana University, University of Minnesota Duluth, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, University of Sussex, University of Virginia and Wichita State University . 

Mike Warren
Core Computing Division, Information Systems, Business Infrastructure Applications

I was welcomed into the Fermilab family in early August to pursue a programming passion, specializing in the service desk application, ServiceNow. Since I've been at Fermilab there have been quite a few implementations to the ServiceNow offerings allowing users to work in a more timely fashion with improved functionality.

A couple of the projects that I am heavily involved in are creating the Engineering Support Services in the Service Catalog and programming the Material Move Request forms to a ServiceNow format. Migrating the Material Move Request Forms into ServiceNow will provide a much more user-friendly service and better forensics when drilling down to the "when" and "where" of each item being moved. It will also allow for approvals to be done within the request form once submitted.

With the blend of complexity in functionality, as well as customizability that we can achieve with ServiceNow, I am excited to administer the system at Fermilab and look forward to seeing the impact that my work here has on the community.

Eric Vaandering

Eric Vaandering
Scientific Computing Division, Scientific Programs, CMS, Program Support

I joined Fermilab in 2007 as a developer working on the CMS user analysis software. For the past year and a half I have co-lead the Data & Workflow Management development team. The group consists of about 20 people spread across the CMS collaboration and is responsible for all of the CMS-specific "glue" software that enables our grid-based data reconstruction and data movement: software that tracks what data we have and where it's located, and schedules centralized and user-analysis processing. The grid is central (and essential) to supplying CMS's computing needs with large computer centers in seven countries, medium-sized centers in about 25 more, and small sites too numerous to mention. In the United States, the Open Science Grid is a crucial source of support for operations, computing resources and grid software.

I first came to Fermilab in 1991 as a summer student working at Argonne on E-704 and have been a Fermilab user since 1993 working on E-687, FOCUS (E-831), BTeV and CMS. I may be most recognized as the primary author of DocDB.

In my free time I'm an avid SCUBA diver, active in several area diving groups and an amateur photographer. Combining both these interests as an underwater photographer is my current challenge.

General Request Menu

Service Desk: Service Provider General Request Form

If you want to open a request ticket and assign it to yourself or someone in your group—particularly useful if you need to open a ticket on behalf of a user and assign it to yourself--you can quickly and easily do so. From the Service Catalog, under General Requests, click “Service Provider General Request.” From this form, you can select any of the service provider groups you are a member of and assign the ticket to anyone in any of those groups.

View SharePoint site collections and site owners from the

View SharePoint site collections and site owners from the "Site List"

Anyone with a Services account and password can view a list of all SharePoint site collections and site owners by clicking on the Site List link which is also available from the landing page of SharePoint. (The Site List is updated on a weekly basis.)

The Site List page displays a list of all SharePoint sites. If you click on the “List of Sites” title, you can see a more detailed view of the list, including Site Owners. To see a more detailed tutorial follow this link.