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Creating Super-facilities: a Coupled Facility Model for Data-Intensive Science

Time 04/28/15 03:00PM-04:00PM

Room Mount Vernon B

Session Abstract

The Advanced Light Source (ALS) is a synchrotron and user facility operated for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Experimentation consists of placing natural and synthetic samples in front of one of the approximately 40 "beamlines" that are used to direct X-rays, ultraviolet, or infrared light.

Detection hardware, similar to large digital cameras, capture the resulting data from the experiment, which is sent to computing facilities for further analysis. Upgrades to key scientific components are allowing unprecedented increases in data volumeā€”a serious challenge for users and network support staff of the facility. Analysis from many experiments can no longer be done on smaller workstations and clusters at the facility so the use of supercomputing resources together with advanced workflow and analysis software is required.

This session will present a panel highlighting the concept of a "coupled science facility." The session will share information on a new model that links together experimental facilities like the ALS with computing facilities like NERSC via a Science DMZ architecture and advanced workflow and analysis software (SPOT Suite). The session will share best practices, lessons learned and future plans to expand this effort.


Speaker David Skinner NERSC (National Energy Scientific Computing Center)

Speaker Craig Tull Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Speaker Alexander Hexemer Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Speaker Lauren Rotman ESnet (DOE Office of Science - Energy Sciences Network)

Speaker Rune Stromsness Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Primary track Applied Research & Scholarship

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