Douglas Olson
Staff Scientist
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
MS 50B-2239
1 Cyclotron Road
Berkeley, CA 94720-8145

Office 50B-2258D

PGP key id 0x64AAD642


Research Interests

Advanced computing for high energy nuclear and particle physics with a current focus on infrastructure and tools to enable large scale resource aggregation and dynamic provisioning for data intensive high throughput workloads.  

Current Activities



Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI) is a multi-institutional collaboration of national labs and industrial partners focussed on developing and deploying a multi-scale simulation, uncertainty, risk and cost analysis toolkit to accelerate the construction and use of CO2 capture technologies for fossil fuel power generation. My involvement is with the framework and infrastructure aspects of the project.  

Recent Activities



Open Science Grid (OSG) is a national cyber infrastructure for scientitic computing enabling geographically distributed collaborations (virtual organizations) to share and aggregate resources to advance the scale and timeliness of deriving scientific results from massive datasets. As a member of the Executive Board I provide an interface between the nuclear physics user community and the OSG project. As a member of the security group I coordinate the Registration Authority with the DOEGrids Certification Authority which is used by a majority of OSG participants to acquire their grid identity credentials as well as provide an interface to the participating sites and virtual organizations on security awareness and training.  
  DOE Grids PKI provides a majority of the grid identity credentials for people and resources participating in the Open Science Grid. As a part time member of the ESnet AFT (Authentication and Federated Trust) group I work on operational and development issues for this service which is used by a few thousand people and computational resources.  
  The STAR experiment at Brookhaven National Lab studies nuclear and partonic matter at extreme densities and energies making measurements of the properties of the quark-gluon matter. I have been a collaborator with STAR since it's conception in the 1990's working primarily on computational issues. Currently I coordinate the grid activities and am involved in the investigation of the use of could computing as a basis for dynamic resource provisioning.  
Past Activities PPDG, EOS, ...  
Publications   Spires search    
    Virtual Workspaces for Scientific Applications, Keahey, K., T. Freeman, J. Lauret, D. Olson. SciDAC 2007 Conference, Boston, MA. June 2007 (pdf)    
    (To do - add some more recent conference talks)    
    STAR publications    
    EOS publications    









  BS in Physics from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
MS in Physics from the University of Washington.
PhD in Applied Science from U.C. Davis in 1983.
As a graduate student at Lawrence Livermore National Lab I participated in photo-nuclear reaction studies at the 100 MeV linac before moving to Lawrence Berkeley Lab and carrying out relativistic heavy ion reaction studies of electromagnetic dissociation at the Bevalac as my thesis topic. As a post-doc first with LBL and later UC Riverside I continued relativistic heavy ion studies at the Bevalac on fragmentation reactions, pion correlations and hot nuclear matter studies. At this time I put together the run control, database and off-line framework for the EOS experiment. After the STAR experiment wasd proposed I lead the software infrastructure effort of the construction project and oversaw the development of the PDSF facility at NERSC as the main off-site computing resource for STAR. I lead the HENP Grand Challenge project on data access and then was coordinator of the Particle Physics Data Grid project. This was followed by the Open Science Grid project where I serve as a member of the Executive Board and participate in the security team and run the registration authority for grid credentials.
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