Published: May 2007,  Issue: Vol. 19/No.3, Download as PDF

Archive of articles published in the May 2007, Vol. 19/No.3 issue.

Scientific Computing at the Forefront – Los Alamos National Laboratory

Large laboratories like Los Alamos (LANL) provide the opportunity to apply high performance computing (HPC) to science problems at a scale scarcely matched elsewhere. But perhaps more importantly, they have the assignment to answer the questions posed by “missions,” the major responsibilities that each lab is charged to answer. In this article I want to show you some of the exciting computational science at Los Alamos, and then tell you about computing developments that make this possible.

Tapia Conference to Focus on Passion, Diversity, and Innovation

This October 14-17, more than 400 students, professors, and researchers will gather at the Disney Hilton in Orlando, Florida for the fourth Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference. Held every two years, the Tapia Conference provides a welcoming and supportive setting for all participants and particularly for students from under-represented groups. This year’s theme is “Passion in Computing—Diversity in Innovation.”

Computing: It’s Hip and It’s Cool

Each February, CRA organizes an annual summit of the presidents, executive directors and other senior policy leadership of CRA, its six affiliate societies—AAAI, ACM, CACS/AIC, IEEE-CS, SIAM, and USENIX—and the NRC’s Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) to discuss issues of common concern. Immediately following the summit, CRA’s winter board meeting begins. This year the major topics of both the summit and board meeting were computing’s image, research funding, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), and education.

The Computing Community Consortium – The Way Forward

In November’s CRN we announced that the National Science Foundation had chosen CRA to establish the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), whose goal is to create venues for community participation in developing research visions and stimulating new research activities for our field. The interim Computing Community Consortium Council has been working to roll out the new CCC activity. Here we’d like to give you a snapshot of our thinking.

Congress on Track to Continue Increases for Science

Before leaving on their traditional two-week spring recess, members of the House and Senate approved their respective versions of the Fiscal Year 2008 Congressional Budget Resolution, with each providing space beneath the budget caps for increased funding for key federal science agencies. While the differences between both versions will have to be resolved in a compromise resolution when both chambers resume work in late April, the similar treatment of science accounts in both versions of the resolution bodes well for the agencies in the upcoming FY 08 appropriations process.