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Acclaimed Scientist and National Academy of Engineering Member Kathy Yelick to Keynote the 2017 Internet2 Technology Exchange Meeting

Posted on Oct 02, 2017 by Sara Aly
Tags: 2017 Technology Exchange, Advanced Networking, Community, ESnet, Frontpage News, News & Events, Research, Security, Trust & Identity

Yelick will present on the Department of Energy’s emerging “Superfacility” science discovery model


WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 2, 2017 –  Internet2 announced today that Professor Kathy Yelick, associate laboratory director (ALD) for Computing Sciences at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will give the keynote address at its Technology Exchange 2017 taking place October 15-18 in San Francisco. Yelick will discuss “The Superfacility: A New Supermodel for Seamless Scientific Discovery.”

Profile picture of Prof. Kathy Yelick, Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Computing Sciences at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Yelick's talk will describe the Superfacility model, a new paradigm for scientific research that combines high-performance computing, networking and experimental facilities into a holistic solution. In particular, her keynote will share early success stories from the scientific fields, including biology and astrophysics, as well as the current gaps in workflow tools, identity management, algorithms for analysis, security, among others, that need to be addressed to move the Superfacility model to a production and scalable service.

“A scientist, whether on-campus or at a national laboratory or a supercomputer facility, wants to be able to access and analyze trusted scientific resources from their colleagues, regardless of their geographic location. This exchange of big data is a hallmark of scientific research collaboration and requires access to a robust technology infrastructure and advanced research networks,” said Howard Pfeffer, president and CEO of Internet2. “Professor Yelick’s involvement with this revolutionary Superfacility model that is specifically engineered for science is a timely and welcomed perspective for the research and education community and its efforts to solve common technology challenges.”

As the Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences ALD, Yelick oversees the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), and the Computational Research Division, which performs research in applied math and computer science and develops tools and techniques for advancing scientific discovery. Together, they form an ecosystem for science, which laid the groundwork for the Superfacility concept.

Yelick is also a professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research is in parallel programming languages, compilers, algorithms, and automatic performance tuning. Yelick was director of NERSC from 2008-12. Yelick was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the American Associate of Arts and Sciences, and is an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow and recipient of the ACM/IEEE Ken Kennedy and Athena awards.

The Technology Exchange is Internet2’s annual technical meeting for the research and education (R&E) community that focuses primarily on implementation challenges, best common practices, and future directions. All sessions for the 2017 meeting will emphasize the following areas of interest to the R&E community: advanced networking, trust and identity, information security, applications for research, and web-scale computing.

The 2017 Internet2 Technology Exchange will take place October 15-18 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in the Embarcadero Center. The local hosts for the event are the Corporation For Education Network Initiatives In California (CENIC), ESnet, and the University of California, Berkeley. For more information on the event program or to register to attend, visit

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About Internet2
Internet2 is a non-profit, member-driven advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 serves 324 U.S. universities, 59 government agencies, 43 regional and state education networks and through them supports more than 94,000 community anchor institutions, over 900 InCommon participants, and 78 leading corporations working with our community, and 61 national research and education network partners that represent more than 100 countries.

Internet2 delivers a diverse portfolio of technology solutions that leverages, integrates, and amplifies the strengths of its members and helps support their educational, research and community service missions. Internet2’s research and education network infrastructure supports millions of user applications each day and delivers advanced, customized services that are accessed and secured by a community-developed trust and identity framework.

Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Denver, Colo.; Emeryville, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; and West Hartford, Conn. For more information, visit or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.

About ESnet
The Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) is a high-performance network that spans the U.S. and provides direct connections to Europe in support of science discovery. Funded by the Department of Energy and managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, ESnet is operated and optimized for data-intensive science applications. ESnet connects more than 50 DOE research sites, including supercomputing facilities and major scientific instruments. ESnet also connects to more than 200 research and commercial networks. Together, ESnet supports tens of thousands of DOE-funded scientists around the world on innovative research in earth science, life science, cosmology and physics, material sciences, computational science and many other areas. ESnet is a DOE Office of Science User Facility. For more information:

Media Contacts:
Sara Aly
Communications Manager, Internet2 – (720) 379-9674

Jon Bashor
Communications Manager, ESnet – (510) 486-5849