Thank you, Jamie Wittenberg!

Jamie Wittenberg

We are very happy to publicly thank Jamie Wittenberg, our Research Data Management Program Director, whose last day at UC Berkeley is December 16, 2016.

Jamie joined us in July 2015 at an incredibly important time for our young Research Data Management program.  Because the program had such ambitious goals, we needed someone who could hit the ground running, build a website, develop content, and set up a consulting program.  Just as challenging, we needed someone who could be the bridge between two organizations, the library and Research IT.

Research IT staff from UC campuses meet in Irvine

Participants around the table at the UC Research IT meeting at UC Irvine, November 2016

On November 10, 2016, Research IT staff from across the University of California system met at UC Irvine to discuss trends in research computing and opportunities for collaboration. The one-day session was facilitated by David Greenbaum (UC Berkeley) and Christine Kirkpatrick (UC San Diego). Patrick Schmitz, Chris Hoffman, and Maurice Manning also represented Berkeley. The organizers set the following goals for the day:

IPython notebook available to ease data transfer between Savio and Box

Screenshot from the iPython notebook configured for Box access,TransferFilesFromBoxToSavioScratch.ipynb

For researchers running computation on the Savio high-performance compute cluster, data transfer can be a challenge. A new IPython notebook simplifies data transfer from the free Box collaboration platform to a Savio user’s scratch folder, and provides a template for users to develop their own algorithms that analyze data stored in Box.

Systems Neuroscientists use BRC services to understand the neural basis of perception

Evan Lyall

A childhood filled with Lego blocks, nature documentaries, science fiction novels, and some amazing science teachers led Evan Lyall to know that he wanted to study Bioengineering in college, but left him unsure of the direction he should go with that training.

Savio supports Doudna Lab biophysicist’s investigation of human protein production

Stephen Floor

“I have always believed in following the science,” says Stephen Floor, a postdoctoral researcher in the Doudna Lab, led by UC Berkeley Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology, Jennifer Doudna. Floor’s self-described “circuitous” academic journey has taken him from computer science, to physics, and now, to molecular biology.

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Savio capacity expands through faculty contributions

Galileo supercomputer wiring

Faculty contributions drove this year’s increase in computational capacity on Savio, the Berkeley Research Computing (BRC) Program’s shared High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster. Condo contributions, including those expected to be added by the end of the year, totaled 63 nodes and 1,368 cores: a capacity expansion of approximately 19%, valued at about $400,000.