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A Massive Stellar Burst, Before the Supernova

February 6, 2013

An automated supernova hunt is shedding new light on the death sequence of massive stars—specifically, the kind that self-destruct in Type IIn supernova explosions. Digging through the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) data archive housed at the Department of Energy’s NERSC at Berkeley Lab, astronomers have found the first causal evidence that these massive stars shed huge amounts of material in a “penultimate outburst” before final detonation as supernovae. Read More »


CRD’s Daniel Burke Elevated to IEEE Senior Member

January 24, 2013

Daniel Burke, who joined the Computational Research Division last fall as a project manager for the new Computer Architecture Lab, has been elevated to the grade of Senior Member of the IEEE this year. Senior Member is the highest professional grade of the IEEE for which a member may apply and only about 8 percent of IEEE’s 416,000 members have achieved this level. Read More »


Berkeley Lab's CRD Contributes to Breakthroughs of the Year

January 14, 2013

Every year, Science magazine editors and staff sift through numerous scientific accomplishments and ultimately crown one “Breakthrough of the Year.” Of the top 10 finalists for 2012, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) computational researchers were major contributors to two accomplishments, including the winner: Discovery of the Higgs Boson. Read More »


Berkeley Lab Computer Scientists Developing Tools to Reduce Greenhouse Gases at the Source

January 12, 2013

Berkeley Lab computational scientists are playing key roles in the management of the Carbon Capture Storage Initiative (CCSI) project and development of the computational tools. CCSI is developing computational tools to help researchers design cost-efficient systems that will reduce the amount of CO2 emissions spewing from coal-fired power plants. Read More »


Boverhof’s App Earns Honorable Mention in Amazon’s Web Services Competition

January 12, 2013

The Turbine Gateway, an application developed by the Computational Research Division’s Joshua Boverhof for DOE’s Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative, recently earned honorable mention in a competition sponsored by Amazon Web Services(AWS). Amazon officially announced the winners of its EC2 Spotathon on Monday, Dec. 10. Read More »


CRD Researchers Receive 2013 INCITE Allocations

January 11, 2013

Two researchers from the Computational Research Division are principal investigators and four are co-investigators on projects receiving large allocations of computer time in 2013 under DOE’s INCITE program. Read More »


Can We Accurately Model Fluid Flow in Shale?

January 3, 2013

Shale is a sedimentary rock consisting of layered, fine-grained clay minerals and, often, organic matter such as kerogen, the source of oil and gas. Now, CRD researchers have developed a new mathematical model that incorporates kerogen in calculating how gas and oil become available and how long a reservoir is liable to keep producing. Read More »


Computational Researchers Help Develop Next-Gen Batteries

December 18, 2012

As part of DOE's new Batteries and Energy Storage Hub, NERSC and CRD expertise will be leveraged to predict the properties of electrolytes. When JCESR is up and running, collaborators will be able to combine these results with the existing Materials Project database to get a complete scope of battery components. Read More »

Wes Bethel is ACM Distinguished Scientist

December 12, 2012

Wes Bethel, leader of the Visualization Group in the Computational Research Division, has been named an ACM Distinguished Scientist. Read More »


Novel Tools and a Pharmaceutical Screening Strategy to Capture CO2

December 6, 2012

One of the major challenges to using zeolites for CO2 capture is identifying the right porous structures to effectively do the job. But novel tools developed by Berkeley Lab computational researchers, combined with an informatics screening strategy inspired by the pharmaceutical industry, is making this search a lot easier. Read More »