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Evaluation of GPFS Connectivity Over High-Performance Networks

Description: We present the results of an evaluation of new features of the latest release of IBM's GPFS filesystem (v3.2). We investigate different ways of connecting to a high-performance GPFS filesystem from a remote cluster using Infiniband (IB) and 10 Gigabit Ethernet. We also examine the performance of the GPFS filesystem with both serial and parallel I/O. Finally, we also present our recommendations for effective ways of utilizing high-bandwidth networks for high-performance I/O to parallel file systems.
Date: February 17, 2009
Creator: Srinivasan, Jay; Canon, Shane & Andrews, Matthew
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Numerical Predictions for the Demo Enclosure and Comparison to Experiment

Description: The ''demo enclosure'' is a small box meant to simulate the basic characteristics of an equipment enclosure, but without the complexity of an actual enclosure. Extensive experimental measurements have been made on the enclosure and are summarized in a companion report entitled ''Experimental Measurements of the Demo Enclosure''. In this report, we will summarize the associated numerical modeling of the enclosure's structural vibration and radiated sound field using finite and boundary element techniques. One of the main goals of the report is to establish useful modeling guidelines for finite and boundary element analyses of enclosures. Producing accurate predictions is of primary importance, but ease of implementation is also important. We will try to demonstrate that it is not always beneficial to try to duplicate all the enclosure's structural complexity in the finite and boundary element models because errors inevitably occur and it is frequently difficult to adjust the models without considerable effort. For example, it is relatively simple to produce accurate models for shelves and enclosures separately, but their interconnections are much more difficult to represent. When the models are combined into much larger finite element models, it becomes difficult and time consuming to optimize the modeling of the interconnections. Our research was thus directed towards developing simple methods for adjusting the individual models and combining them together after an initial unite element analysis.
Date: February 5, 2004
Creator: Fahnline, JB; Campbell, RL & Hambric, SA
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Designing PV Incentive Programs to Promote Performance: A Reviewof Current Practice in the U.S.

Description: In the U.S., the increasing financial support for customer-sited photovoltaic (PV) systems provided through publicly-funded incentive programs has heightened concerns about the long-term performance of these systems. Given the barriers that customers face to ensuring that their PV systems perform well, and the responsibility that PV incentive programs bear to ensure that public funds are prudently spent, these programs should, and often do, play a critical role in addressing PV system performance. To provide a point of reference for assessing the current state of the art, and to inform program design efforts going forward, we examine the approaches to encouraging PV system performance used by 32 prominent PV incentive programs in the U.S. We identify eight general strategies or groups of related strategies that these programs have used to address factors that affect performance, and describe key implementation details. Based on this review, we then offer recommendations for how PV incentive programs can be effectively designed to mitigate potential performance issues.
Date: October 6, 2006
Creator: Barbose, Galen; Wiser, Ryan & Bolinger, Mark
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Meta-Analyses of the Associations of Respiratory Health Effectswith Dampness and Mold in Homes

Description: The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences recently completed a critical review of the scientific literature pertaining to the association of indoor dampness and mold contamination with adverse health effects. In this paper, we report the results of quantitative meta-analysis of the studies reviewed in the IOM report. We developed point estimates and confidence intervals (CIs) to summarize the association of several respiratory and asthma-related health outcomes with the presence of dampness and mold in homes. The odds ratios and confidence intervals from the original studies were transformed to the log scale and random effect models were applied to the log odds ratios and their variance. Models were constructed both accounting for the correlation between multiple results within the studies analyzed and ignoring such potential correlation. Central estimates of ORs for the health outcomes ranged from 1.32 to 2.10, with most central estimates between 1.3 and 1.8. Confidence intervals (95%) excluded unity except in two of 28 instances, and in most cases the lower bound of the CI exceeded 1.2. In general, the two meta-analysis methods produced similar estimates for ORs and CIs. Based on the results of the meta-analyses, building dampness and mold are associated with approximately 30% to 80% increases in a variety of respiratory and asthma-related health outcomes. The results of these meta-analyses reinforce the IOM's recommendation that actions be taken to prevent and reduce building dampness problems.
Date: January 1, 2006
Creator: Fisk, William J.; Lei-Gomez, Quanhong & Mendell, Mark J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Misleading Performance Claims in Parallel Computations

Description: In a previous humorous note entitled 'Twelve Ways to Fool the Masses,' I outlined twelve common ways in which performance figures for technical computer systems can be distorted. In this paper and accompanying conference talk, I give a reprise of these twelve 'methods' and give some actual examples that have appeared in peer-reviewed literature in years past. I then propose guidelines for reporting performance, the adoption of which would raise the level of professionalism and reduce the level of confusion, not only in the world of device simulation but also in the larger arena of technical computing.
Date: May 29, 2009
Creator: Bailey, David H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Report of the Event Tag Review and Recommendation Group

Description: In order to facilitate access to the large volumes of data (multiple petabytes per year) which will be produced during data taking and Monte Carlo production at ATLAS, work has proceeded on building a system of event-level metadata to allow selections of a subset of events to use as input to an analysis. This was included in the ATLAS Computing Model and was first studied and implemented by the Physics Analysis Tools group based on the decisions of the ESD/AOD Task Force. They used tools developed and supported by the CERN IT group and the ATLAS Database group. During 2005 this structure was put through various tests and evaluations. Also, work by physicists on reconstruction and analysis led to an improved understanding of the requirements on the TAG. This report addresses the effect of these new inputs on the previous work with regard to content and the infrastructure needed to support it.
Date: April 12, 2006
Creator: Group, ATLAS; Assamagan, K.A.; Barberis, D.; Bentvelsen, S.; Brooijmans, G.; Cranmer, K. et al.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

TORIS Data Preparation Guidelines

Description: The objective of this manual is to present guidelines and procedures for the preparation of new data for the Tertiary Oil Recovery Information System (TORIS) data base. TORIS is an analytical system currently maintained by the Department of Energy's (DOE) Bartlesville Project Office. It uses an extensive field- and reservoir-level data base to evaluate the technical and economic recovery potential of specific crude oil reservoirs.
Date: March 11, 1999
Creator: Guinn, H. & Remson, D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Packaging development programs recommended for the U.S.Department of Energy

Description: U.S. Department of Energy facilities were visited to determine their specific packaging needs. Those individual site needs were analyzed to determine widespread packaging needs. Those packaging needs are: replacements for aging Type B packagings, plutonium packaging, overpacks for large containers, heavily shielded Type B packaging, large radioactive liquid packaging, standardized waste packaging, and packaging for explosives.
Date: May 21, 1996
Creator: Edwards, W.S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Return on investment (ROI) proposal preparation guide

Description: The ROI Proposal Preparation Guide is a tool to assist Hanford waste generators in preparing ROI proposal forms for submittal to RL. The guide describes the requirements for submitting an ROI proposal and provides examples of completed ROI forms. The intent is to assist waste generators in identifying projects that meet the criteria, provide information necessary complete the ROI forms with all of the required information, and submit a proposal that is eligible to receive funding.
Date: January 21, 1997
Creator: Renner, J. C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Development of a General Shocked-Materials-Response Description for Simulations

Description: This report outlines broad modeling issues pertaining to polymeric materials behavior under detonation conditions. Models applicable system wide are necessary to cope with the broad range of polymers and complex composite forms that can appear in Laboratory weapons systems. Nine major topics are discussed to span the breadth of materials, forms, and physical phenomena encountered when shocking polymers and foams over wide ranges of temperatures, pressures, shock strengths, confinement conditions, and geometries. The recommendations for directions of more intensive investigation consider physical fidelity, computational complexity, and application over widely varying physical conditions of temperature, pressure, and shock strength.
Date: July 1, 2000
Creator: Valone, Steven M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

International Practical Temperature Scale of 1948: Text Revision of 1960

Description: Report is a text revision of the International Temperature Scale of 1948; the numerical values of temperatures remain the same. The adjective "Practical" was added to the name by the International Committee on Weights and Measures. The scale continues to be based upon six fixed and reproducible equilibrium temperatures to which values have been assigned, and upon the same interpolation formulas relating temperatures to the indications of specified measuring instruments. Some changes have been made in the text to make the scale more reproducible than its predecessor. The triple point of water, with the value 0.01 ºC replaces the former ice point as a defining fixed point of the scale. It is also recommended that the zinc point, with the value 419.505 ºC, be used instead of the sulfur point. The recommendations include new information that has become available since 1948.
Date: September 8, 1961
Creator: Stimson, H. F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: The NGDRS has attained 72% of its targeted goal for cores and cuttings transfers, with over 12M linear feet of cores and cuttings now available for public use. Additionally, large-scale transfers of seismic data have been evaluated, but based on the recommendation of the NGDRS steering committee, cores have been given priority because of the vast scale of the seismic data problem relative to the available funding. The rapidly changing industry conditions have required that the primary core and cuttings preservation strategy evolve as well. A Steering Committee meeting held on November 30, 2000 focused on current achievements, how the situation in the petroleum industry affects the NGDRS activities, and the nature of the study by the National Research Council on data preservation. AGI remained actively involved in assisting the National Research Council with background materials and presentations for their panel convened to study the data preservation issue. The GeoTrek metadata catalog system continues to expand and attract new users. Current GeoTrek revision efforts are being retargeted given the identification of new open source technologies with will provide for a flexible, user-friendly GeoTrek, Version 3.
Date: April 1, 2001
Creator: Milling, Marcus
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

REC Tracking Systems Design Guide

Description: OAK-B135 The Design Guide is presented in three parts. Section II describes the need for REC tracking, the two principal tracking methods available, and, in simple terms, the operation of certificate-based systems. Section III presents the major issues in the design of certificate-based tracking systems and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of alternative solutions. Finally, Section IV offers design principles or recommendations for most of these issues.
Date: February 3, 2004
Creator: Wingate, Meredith
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Microbial genomes: Blueprints for life

Description: Complete microbial genome sequences hold the promise of profound new insights into microbial pathogenesis, evolution, diagnostics, and therapeutics. From these insights will come a new foundation for understanding the evolution of single-celled life, as well as the evolution of more complex life forms. This report is an in-depth analysis of scientific issues that provides recommendations and will be widely disseminated to the scientific community, federal agencies, industry and the public.
Date: December 31, 2000
Creator: Relman, David A. & Strauss, Evelyn
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Implementation of modal combination rules for response spectrum analysis using GEMINI

Description: One of the widely used methodologies for describing the behavior of a structural system subjected to seismic excitation is response spectrum modal dynamic analysis. Several modal combination rules are proposed in the literature to combine the responses of individual modes in a response spectrum dynamic analysis. In particular, these modal combination rules are used to estimate the representative maximum value of a particular response of interest for design purposes. Furthermore, these combination rules also provide guidelines for combining the representative maximum values of the response obtained for each of the three orthogonal spatial components of an earthquake. This report mainly focuses on the implementation of different modal combination rules into GEMINI [I].
Date: June 1, 1999
Creator: Nukala, P K
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

A Guidance Document for Kentucky's Oil and Gas Operations

Description: This technical report is a summary of the progress made for �A Guidance Document for Kentucky�s Oil and Gas Operators�. During this quarter, the document received continued review and editing in an elec-tronic format to satisfy the United States Department of Energy (DOE). Comments received from oil and gas operators reviewing this document prompted contact to be made with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to develop an addendum section to provide better explanation of USEPA requirements for Class II injection wells in Kentucky.
Date: November 10, 1998
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Field Campaign Guidelines (ARM Climate Research Facility)

Description: The purpose of this document is to establish a common set of guidelines for the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility for planning, executing, and closing out field campaigns. The steps that guide individual field campaigns are described in the Field Campaign Tracking database tool and are tailored to meet the scope of each specific field campaign.
Date: January 17, 2011
Creator: Voyles, JW
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

A quick guide to wind power forecating : state-of-the-art 2009.

Description: This document contains a summary of the main findings from our full report entitled 'Wind Power Forecasting: State-of-the-Art 2009'. The aims of this document are to provide guidelines and a quick overview of the current state-of-the-art in wind power forecasting (WPF) and to point out lines of research in the future development of forecasting systems.
Date: November 20, 2009
Creator: Monteiro, C.; Keko, H.; Bessa, R.; Miranda, V.; Botterud, A.; Wang, J. et al.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Measuring the Interestingness of News Articles

Description: An explosive growth of online news has taken place. Users are inundated with thousands of news articles, only some of which are interesting. A system to filter out uninteresting articles would aid users that need to read and analyze many articles daily, such as financial analysts and government officials. The most obvious approach for reducing the amount of information overload is to learn keywords of interest for a user (Carreira et al., 2004). Although filtering articles based on keywords removes many irrelevant articles, there are still many uninteresting articles that are highly relevant to keyword searches. A relevant article may not be interesting for various reasons, such as the article's age or if it discusses an event that the user has already read about in other articles. Although it has been shown that collaborative filtering can aid in personalized recommendation systems (Wang et al., 2006), a large number of users is needed. In a limited user environment, such as a small group of analysts monitoring news events, collaborative filtering would be ineffective. The definition of what makes an article interesting--or its 'interestingness'--varies from user to user and is continually evolving, calling for adaptable user personalization. Furthermore, due to the nature of news, most articles are uninteresting since many are similar or report events outside the scope of an individual's concerns. There has been much work in news recommendation systems, but none have yet addressed the question of what makes an article interesting.
Date: September 24, 2007
Creator: Pon, R K; Cardenas, A F & Buttler, D J
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cleaning of Free Machining Brass

Description: We have investigated four brightening treatments proposed by two cleaning vendors for cleaning free machining brass. The experimental results showed that none of the proposed brightening treatments passed the swipe test. Thus, we maintain the recommendation of not using the brightening process in the cleaning of free machining brass for NIF application.
Date: December 29, 2005
Creator: Shen, T
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

2.1 Pan-WCRP Monsoon Modelling Workshop Summary

Description: Ken Sperber led a discussion of the outcome of the Pan-WCRP Monsoon Modelling Workshop that was held at the University of California at Irvine from 15-17 June 2005. At the workshop presentations from key CLIVAR and GEWEX panels were presented to highlight the outstanding problems in modelling the Earth's monsoons. Additionally, presentations from invited experts were given to highlight important aspects of monsoon phenomena and processes, such as low-level jets, air-sea interaction, predictability, observational networks/studies, and model test beds etc. Since all persons attending the CLIVAR AAMP meeting were present for all, or most, of the monsoon workshop, a detailed description of the workshop presentations was not given. Rather, the discussion was focused on the recommendations of the workshop breakout groups and their relevance to CLIVAR AAMP. CLIVAR AAMP endorsed the near-term workshop recommendation of investigating the diurnal cycle using a hierarchy of models a key way forward for promoting CLIVAR/GEWEX interactions. In GCM studies CLIVAR researchers have identified the diurnal cycle as a forced ''mode'' of variability that is poorly represented in terms of amplitude and phase, especially in the case of precipitation. Typical phase errors of 6-12 hours are noted over both land and ocean in GCMs. CLIVAR views adequate simulation of the diurnal cycle as key aspect of variability in its own right, but also because of its potential rectification on to subseasonal variability (e.g., the Madden-Julian oscillation). It is hypothesized that improvement of diurnal variability may lead to an improved representation of intraseasonal variability and improved skill of monsoon forecasts on medium-range to seasonal time scales.
Date: June 28, 2005
Creator: Sperber, K R
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: ISO/IEC-11179 is an international standard that documents the standardization and registration of metadata to make data understandable and shareable. This standardization and registration allows for easier locating, retrieving, and transmitting data from disparate databases. The standard defines the how metadata are conceptually modeled and how they are shared among parties, but does not define how data is physically represented as bits and bytes. The standard consists of six parts. Part 1 provides a high-level overview of the standard and defines the basic element of a metadata registry - a data element. Part 2 defines the procedures for registering classification schemes and classifying administered items in a metadata registry (MDR). Part 3 specifies the structure of an MDR. Part 4 specifies requirements and recommendations for constructing definitions for data and metadata. Part 5 defines how administered items are named and identified. Part 6 defines how administered items are registered and assigned an identifier.
Date: January 3, 2008
Creator: Pon, R K & Buttler, D J
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department