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Primeur weekly 2016-06-13

Exascale supercomputing

Paul Messina discusses rewards, challenges for new exascale project ...

Quantum computing

Analogue quantum computation has been universally digitized using superconducting circuits ...

World-first pinpointing of atoms at work for quantum computers ...

Controlling quantum states atom by atom ...

Focus on Europe

Euro 2016: Computer predicts football results ...

HPC community gears up for ISC 2016 - record number of attendees expected ...

Middleware

Bright Computing partners with ProfitBricks to offer customers an elastic high performance computing solution ...

One Stop Systems introduces the GPUltima with Bright Computing's HPC Cluster Manager ...

BeeGFS Omni-Path certification: 12GB/s per server ...

Bright Computing unveils its plans for the International Supercomputing Expo ...

Mellanox paves the way to higher efficiency data centres with 25 Gb/s Ethernet ...

IBM invests to accelerate development and commercialization of disruptive technologies in Asia ...

Hardware

DVV data centre to host new magnitUDE supercomputer ...

CSIR's Centre for High Performance Computing unveils the fastest computer in Africa ...

PNNL appoints Liyuan Liang director of Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory ...

Forrester Research names Cray a strong performer in Big Data Hadoop Optimized Systems ...

PRACE to issue Newsletter 17 ...

Dell enables customers to maximize performance of enterprise applications and core business workloads with PowerEdge four-socket servers ...

Michigan State University celebrates arrival of new supercomputer ...

Applications

Materials project releases massive trove of battery and molecule data ...

NERSC fields its first Student Cluster Competition team ...

Simulating chemical evolution with Piz Daint ...

Skyrmions à la carte ...

The Cloud

IBM launches industry's first development environment for Apache Spark - delivered in the Cloud for rapid adoption ...

Leadtek looks to build on healthcare solutions leverage its longtime high-performance visual computing technologies by eyeing medical IoT opportunities ...

PNNL appoints Liyuan Liang director of Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory


Liyuan Liang - Courtesy of Northeastern University.
13 Jun 2016 Richland - World-class chemist Liyuan Liang has been selected as the director of EMSL, the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory - a Department of Energy user facility on the campus of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

Liyuan Liang comes to PNNL from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where she has helped set research strategy, directed investments in strategic new research areas, and led large teams of scientists tackling some of the USA's most important scientific problems.

At EMSL, she will be responsible for setting a scientific vision that attracts outstanding staff scientists and users of EMSL facilities and programmes, promotes innovative research, and fosters the creation of robust scientific teams and communities.

"Dr. Liang brings outstanding experience providing strategic vision and planning to advance high-impact cross-disciplinary research", stated Allison Campbell, associate director at PNNL and leader of the laboratory's Earth and Biological Systems Directorate. "Her experience leading projects and teams of scientists focused on research supporting the Department of Energy and other government sponsors is a perfect fit for EMSL and PNNL."

More than 750 scientists from around the world each year turn to the capabilities at EMSL, a centre of environmental and molecular expertise sponsored by DOE's Office of Science, to seek answers to questions important for our future. The laboratory, equipped with 150 high-tech experimental instruments as well as a scientific staff with a wealth of scientific knowledge, enables scientists to address the nation's most critical biological, environmental, and energy challenges.

Scientists using EMSL are looking into questions involving the harnessing of the Sun's energy efficiently to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, the effects of wildfires on the climate, the use of biological materials like plants for fuel, and the effects of climate change on our planet - beneath our feet, in the air we breathe, and in the waters that bathe our planet.

Those are the types of issues that Liyuan Liang addressed in a variety of roles at Oak Ridge. She is an expert on the chemical reactions that determine the fate of metals and other compounds in complex systems like groundwater and soil - learning how chemicals move through such systems, how to reduce potential negative impact, and how to create new ways to cleanse water and soil.

Much of her work has focused on mercury, a substance that can cause brain damage and even death. Liyuan Liang has studied how mercury is transformed into its most dangerous form, methylmercury. In a paper published in the journalScience, she discovered two genes in bacteria that are needed when the transformation happens - crucial information for scientists trying to lessen the harmful effects of the substance. Now she is looking at how mercury from sources like volcanoes and coal-fired power plants is spread worldwide through the atmosphere.

She has also studied many aspects of carbon in the environment, including the effects of warming on the storehouse of carbon in the tundra and new ways to store or sequester carbon in the Earth.

At Oak Ridge, she has directed the lab's Office of Institutional Planning, managed the laboratory's programmes for a DOE program known as ARPA-E, and served as a Distinguished Scientist at the Spallation Neutron Source. While at Oak Ridge she has also served as a professor at the University of Tennessee.

In addition to her career at Oak Ridge, Liyuan Liang has held faculty positions at the University of South Carolina and at the University of Wales, Cardiff. A frequently invited speaker at scientific meetings, she is the author of more than 125 peer-reviewed articles and co-editor of the book, "Neutron Applications in Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences". She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Liyuan Liang received her bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Northeastern University and a master's degree and doctorate in environmental chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. She will join EMSL this summer.
Source: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - PNNL

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Primeur weekly 2016-06-13

Exascale supercomputing

Paul Messina discusses rewards, challenges for new exascale project ...

Quantum computing

Analogue quantum computation has been universally digitized using superconducting circuits ...

World-first pinpointing of atoms at work for quantum computers ...

Controlling quantum states atom by atom ...

Focus on Europe

Euro 2016: Computer predicts football results ...

HPC community gears up for ISC 2016 - record number of attendees expected ...

Middleware

Bright Computing partners with ProfitBricks to offer customers an elastic high performance computing solution ...

One Stop Systems introduces the GPUltima with Bright Computing's HPC Cluster Manager ...

BeeGFS Omni-Path certification: 12GB/s per server ...

Bright Computing unveils its plans for the International Supercomputing Expo ...

Mellanox paves the way to higher efficiency data centres with 25 Gb/s Ethernet ...

IBM invests to accelerate development and commercialization of disruptive technologies in Asia ...

Hardware

DVV data centre to host new magnitUDE supercomputer ...

CSIR's Centre for High Performance Computing unveils the fastest computer in Africa ...

PNNL appoints Liyuan Liang director of Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory ...

Forrester Research names Cray a strong performer in Big Data Hadoop Optimized Systems ...

PRACE to issue Newsletter 17 ...

Dell enables customers to maximize performance of enterprise applications and core business workloads with PowerEdge four-socket servers ...

Michigan State University celebrates arrival of new supercomputer ...

Applications

Materials project releases massive trove of battery and molecule data ...

NERSC fields its first Student Cluster Competition team ...

Simulating chemical evolution with Piz Daint ...

Skyrmions à la carte ...

The Cloud

IBM launches industry's first development environment for Apache Spark - delivered in the Cloud for rapid adoption ...

Leadtek looks to build on healthcare solutions leverage its longtime high-performance visual computing technologies by eyeing medical IoT opportunities ...