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May 2022
High Performance Computing - on the Lawrencium Cluster at LBNL
Publications Management and DOE Compliance
IT Staff Spotlight: Jimmy Mai

New and Notable
IT Training, May-June 2022
High Performance Computing - on the Lawrencium Cluster at LBNL

High Performance Computing - on the Lawrencium Cluster at LBNL

Wei Feinstein, Shawfeng Dong, Gary Jung

For almost 20 years, the IT Division's Scientific Computing Group at Berkeley Lab, also known as HPCS (High Performance Computing Services), has stood out as a national leader and pioneer in high performance computing — essentially defining the midrange research computing segment in the DOE and contributing to the service model now widely used at academic institutions. Scientific Computing operates the Lawrencium supercluster and supports more than 1300 scientists actively working on 360+ research projects. By providing cutting-edge computing infrastructure, the group enables researchers to turn bits and bytes into groundbreaking scientific discoveries across a wide range of disciplines, including climate modeling, exploration of new advanced materials, simulations of the early universe, analysis of data from astrophysics sky surveys, carbon sequestration, geochemistry, and a host of other pioneering endeavors.

In this article, we’ll highlight Lawrencium HPC computing at the Lab and the services provided to simplify the usage of Lawrencium for scientific research. We will also learn more about the latest state-of-the-art hardware and the exciting new services to be made available to Lab scientists. Reading time: 10 minutes

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Publications Management and DOE Compliance 

Geoff Hamm

Do you get emails asking you to upload files or funding information to records of your published work? Does the task sometimes seem complicated or daunting? Do you wonder whether it matters, or makes a difference? The Research Services Team is here for you!

Under the DOE’s Public Access policy all research results (“product”) funded by taxpayer money needs to be openly available. Berkeley Lab’s Performance Evaluation Measurement Plan (PEMP) requires the submission of 85% of our “Scientific and Technical Product” to the DOE’s public access gateway. The Lab generates 2,500-3,000 peer-reviewed papers, technical reports, conference presentations, and book chapters every year. Reading time: 5 minutes

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IT Staff Spotlight: Jimmy Mai

Jimmy Mai at work in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory gaming lab in 2018. (Credit: Berkeley Lab)
Jimmy Mai at work in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory gaming lab in 2018. (Credit: Berkeley Lab)

Since late 1998, the IT Division has worked with local community colleges throughout the Bay Area to employ, train, and mentor student interns. With the help of the User Support Internship program, many students have gained valuable, real-world IT skills and experience at Berkeley Lab and moved forward to gain employment in technical roles at external companies. Other students who complete the program have stayed on to develop long, distinguished careers at the Lab. Jimmy Mai, a Computer Systems Engineer 2 with a broad array of diverse talents, is one of many such success stories fostered through the internship program. Reading time: 5 minutes

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New and Notable

One Minute for IT

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Inspired by IDEA, the IT Division is rolling out One Minute for IT, a set of slides designed to summarize the latest and most frequently used IT services and resources to support staff activities at Berkeley Lab.

Bookmark for quick access and try incorporating a minute for IT into your next meeting.

Visual Communications Group

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Please welcome the VizComm Crew, a new visual communications working group organized by IT’s Creative Services, co-led by Art Director and Berkeley Lab Brand Manager, Caitlin Youngquist, and Lead Photographer, Thor Swift.

The VizComm mission is to strategize, develop, and coordinate visual assets and tools across all areas of the Lab. Group members will be able to answer each other's questions and provide assistance and advice. Creative Services will also explore expanded capabilities for shared tools like the Lab’s online Photo Archive and Lucidpress, a powerful brand templating solution. The inaugural meeting kicked off on May 17, 2022. Contact for any questions. 

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IT Training, May-June 2022

IT is offering many new and exciting courses for Berkeley Lab folks!
📌 Register for IT Training today to reserve your seat.

  • Excel Data Analysis: Introduction, May 23
  • Python Introduction to Machine Learning, May 24, 26
  • R Data Wrangling and Manipulation: May 24, 26
  • Excel Data Analysis: Charts, Pivot Tables, and VLOOKUP, May 25
  • R Data Visualization, May 27
  • Python Data Wrangling and Manipulation with Pandas, May 31
  • Bash and Git: Introduction, June 1
  • Python Visualization, June 2
  • Python Deep Learning, June 7, 9
  • Python Text Analysis Fundamentals, June 14, 16
  • Python Fundamentals, June 21, 23, 28, 30
  • Excel Data Analysis: Introduction, June 22
  • Excel Data Analysis: Charts, Pivot Tables, and VLOOKUP, June 24
  • Bash and Git: Introduction, June 27
  • Python Web Scraping & APIs, June 29

Contact Erin Scharfstein at for training questions or feedback.

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