Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Exciting Things Happening at NERSC!

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is the primary scientific computing facility for the Office of Science in the U.S. Department of Energy. As one of the largest facilities in the world devoted to providing computational resources and expertise for basic scientific research, NERSC is a world leader in accelerating scientific discovery through computation. NERSC is a division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, located in Berkeley, California.  NERSC itself is located at the UC Oakland Scientific Facility in Oakland, California.


Edison, the Cray XC30 was dedicated in a ceremony held at Berkeley Lab

NERSC recently accepted “Edison,” a new flagship supercomputer designed for scientific productivity.  Named in honor of American inventor Thomas Alva Edison, the Cray XC30 was dedicated in a ceremony held at Berkeley Lab on February 5, and scientists are already reporting results.   Before any supercomputer is accepted at NERSC, scientists are invited to put the system through its paces during an “early science” phase. While the main aim of this period is to test the new system, many scientists are able to use the time to significantly advance their work.(»See full story: “Early Edison Users Deliver Results.”)


NERSC is hiring!  Currently we are accepting applications for a number of critical roles at the supercomputer facility:


We are continuously analyzing, and responding to, the needs of new and emerging areas of the computational sciences. One such emerging area is data intensive computing. This postdoctoral fellowship is focused on helping to define NERSC’s response to this challenge; specifically concentrating on designing and configuring computer architectures to meet these needs.


As the primary point of contact between the center and its users, you will provide technical support, training, advocate for users, and help NERSC develop and deploy new computational and data technologies. Specifically, you will be responsible for replying to, and tracking problems reported by users, helping users with code optimization and debugging, supporting strategic projects, creating and maintaining web documentation, training, and third-party application and library support. In this highly visible, critical position, you are expected to play an important role in transitioning HPC users to next-generation many-core supercomputers and assisting users who have extreme I/O and data requirements.


You will provide a variety of engineering support services in an HPC computational environment. Work includes applications programming development and maintenance of tools needed to ensure the health of large systems, systems administration, business systems analysis that fulfill the requirements of a monitoring system, creating and implementing systems monitoring processes, advanced technical problem resolution in order to support and ensure the accessibility, reliability, security and connectivity of the large-scale computational systems in a 24 x 7 production environment.


We architect, configure, and manage critical system functionality such as parallel file-systems and batch schedulers and work on continuously improving the performance of systems that are used around the clock by thousands of users from all over the world.  If you thrive in a challenging environment driven by problems of scale and complexity, have a passion for always learning new technologies, and have a strong user-oriented outlook, we want you at NERSC.  You should have very strong technical as well as soft skills to work with a team of people who solve problems which include finding creative solutions to the configuration, tuning and management of very large distributed and tightly coupled systems.

Data and Analytics Services Group Lead-77900
We need an energetic and motivated Group Leader to provide leadership, vision, and management for the newly created Data & Analytics Services (DAS) group.  The DAS group is responsible for providing data and analytics services and support, for existing and potential users of NERSC resources, to address the challenges arising from the increasing size and complexity of data from simulations and experiments.  Additionally, the DAS Group Lead will play a key role in developing and implementing NERSC’s Data strategic initiative: to increase the productivity, usability and impact of data intensive science by providing comprehensive data systems and services to store, analyze, manage and share data.

To see all our NERSC opportunities, click here.

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