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Larry Smarr
Works at Calit2-UCSD/UCI
Attended Harvard University
Lived in La Jolla, CA
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This is one of the most important experiment on how humans react to being in orbit in the history of the US manned space program.

Glad to see UC San Diego researchers deeply involved.
 
What are the effects of long-term #space travel on humans? UC San Diego researchers are involved in "twin" studies commissioned by +NASA to investigate the health impacts of long-duration missions.
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A remarkable interplanetary record - first completed marathon by a robot on another planet. Route completed in only 11 years :-)
 
After over 11 years of driving, our Opportunity Mars Rover finishes marathon! There was no tape draped across a finish line, but we're celebrating a win. Our Opportunity rover completed its first Red Planet marathon - 26.219 miles (42.195 kilometers) – with a finish time of roughly 11 years and two months. This is the first time any human enterprise has exceeded the distance of a marathon on the surface of another world.

Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1CN8CPc
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NASA Scientist: California Has About One Year Of Water Left In Its Reservoirs - http://huff.to/1GEj8ac

I have worked with Jay through Calit2 for over a decade when he was a professor at UC Irvine. He is very experienced in water matters. Take his words seriously!
Given the historic low temperatures and snowfalls that pummeled the eastern U.S. this winter, it might be easy to overlook how devastating California's winter was as well....
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Excited about the announcement this week (http://cenic.org/news/item/high-performance-big-science-pacific-research-platform-debuts-at-cenic-2015) of our Pacific Research Platform (PRP), which creates a distributed Science DMZ (https://fasterdata.es.net/science-dmz/) connecting many West Coast universities.  

Here is the PRP debut talk I gave, along with a distinguished set of network engineers, at the annual CENIC 2015 conference this week.

http://lsmarr.calit2.net/presentations?slideshow=45717596

Essentially what the PRP does is bring scientific instruments, compute and storage devices, and investigators labs into virtual space which has the speed of the backplane of a compute cluster. We are collapsing the research universities of the U.S. West Coast into a single rack in a machine room...
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Excited to lead off the CENIC 2015 panel (4:20pm PT today) on the emerging Pacific Research Platform. This collaborative effort across many campuses and national labs aims to provide 10-100,000 Megabits/sec data paths for Big Data flows, driven by a wide range of applications.

Today our panel will present the first measurements of connecting two dozen sites over the CENIC/Pacific Wave backbone.  Some file transfers have peaked out at ~50,000 Mbps!

http://cenic.org/news/item/high-performance-big-science-pacific-research-platform-debuts-at-cenic-2015

The presentation will be live-streamed at 4:20pm Pacific Time on March 9, and can be watched for free at cenic2015.cenic.org.
High-Performance Big-Science Pacific Research Platform Debuts at CENIC 2015 Annual Conference
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I would suggest to contact Felice Lightstone and Terri Quinn at LLNL
to see how such platform could help leveraging the use of VinaLC. 
Just an idea. 
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What an integrated vision Elon has!

Reminds me of Edison...
 
Here is a story of true techno disruption unfolding before our eyes. A car manufacturer upsetting the electrical utilities.

http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/13/8033691/why-teslas-battery-for-your-home-should-terrify-utilities
Earlier this week, during a disappointing Tesla earnings call, Elon Musk mentioned in passing that he’d be producing a stationary battery for powering the home in the next few months. It sounded...
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Also reminds me of Google in that when you push the technological envelope you start seeing previously unrelated markets that can benefit from what you're good at and you also look for more reasons to push your scale even further, creating a virtuous cycle that keeps you ahead of everyone else.
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Now that is a great place to watch the solar eclipse!
 
Gorgeous picture of the Eclipse from the Space Station...

Even AFTER I learned that this picture is a Photoshop fake, I showed it to my son, and he said, "Daddy, even thought it's a fake, it's still a great picture, no?"  I love that!
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Clue by clue - evidence is mounting of life on Mars, either now or at least billions of years ago...
 
Nitrogen is essential for all known forms of life. Our Curiosity Mars Rover has made the first detection of nitrogen on the surface of the Red Planet from release during heating of Martian sediments. The discovery adds to the evidence that ancient Mars was habitable for life. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1CM1OkM 
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An amazing story of the new world of distributed solar power, but with an older transmission system.  The partial solar eclipse next Friday over Europe could reduce solar power generation by as much as 30GW over one hour.  That is equivalent to suddenly shutting down 30 large nuclear or coal power plants.  Then the power comes back on as the eclipse finishes.  What a gigantic transient!

http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/green-tech/solar/solar-eclipse-will-test-grid-ops-in-europe?

It will be very interesting to see how well the European power grid performs...
A solar eclipse across Europe next Friday will slash generation from solar power plants. Grid operators are pulling out the stops preparing for both massive power supply swings and abnormal power consumption.
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The iWatch roll out today has overshadowed Apple's medical app development ResearchKit. This software capability could radically increase the collection of personal time series on a wide variety of biomarkers...

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2894672/apple-aims-to-help-medical-studies-with-researchkit-software-framework.html
Apple will not see any of the health data collected by apps developed with ResearchKit
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A tear of joy came to my eye when they said "open source".

#hopingforthebest
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Look West now!

Beautiful conjunction of crescent moon and Venus. Setting soon. Only tonight
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Yes, I was just out with our aged Border Collie and saw it....on an otherwise dark cloudy night up in Washington State.  Just the new Moon and Venus showing.  A good omen perhaps!?
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Amazing that SpaceX now has the capacity to carry out an ocean recovery of the Dragon ISS resupply mission off of Baja California just hours before they launch a deep space science mission from the East coast!
 
Liftoff of Falcon 9 carrying DSCOVR on SpaceX's 1st deep space mission. www.spacex.com/webcast
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I am the founding director of Calit2 (www.calit2.net), a UCSD/UCI partnership, and hold the Harry E. Gruber professorship in Computer Science and Engineering at UCSD’s Jacobs School.
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  • Calit2-UCSD/UCI
    Director, 2000 - present
  • UC San Diego
    Professor, 2000 - 2011
  • NCSA at UIUC
    Director, 1985 - 2000
  • UIUC
    Professor, 1979 - 2000
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La Jolla, CA - Cambridge, MA - Austin, TX - Stanford, CA - Livermore, CA - Urbana, IL - Princeton, NJ - Columbia, MO
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I was a mathematician, then physicist, then astrophysicist, then supercomputer director, now computer scientist. 
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Member, Nat. Acad. Engineering; Fellow Amer. Phys. Soc and Amer. Acad. Arts & Sciences
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  • Harvard University
    Junior Fellow, 1977 - 1979
  • Princeton University
    Postdoc, 1975 - 1977
  • University of Texas at Austin
    Graduate Student, 1972 - 1975
  • Stanford University
    Graduate Student, 1970 - 1972
  • University of Missouri–Columbia
    Undergrad/Grad., 1966 - 1970
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