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Integrated Microbial Genomics Reaches Out to Include Human Microbial Communities

December 1, 2008

We live in a microbial world,” says Nikos Kyrpides of Berkeley Lab’s Genomics Division. “There are millions of organisms in one drop of water and even more in soil. Life on our planet cannot be sustained without the microbes.” However, only a tiny fraction of microbes live as independent species, and even fewer of these can be cultured in the laboratory. The vast majority of bacteria and other microorganisms exist only in the wild, and in complex communities. The collective genome… Read More »

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LBNL Team Wins Special ACM Gordon Bell Prize for Algorithm Innovation

November 20, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas--A team of scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) won a prestigious ACM Gordon Bell Prize for special achievement in high performance computing for their  for research into the energy harnessing potential of nanostructures. Their method achieved impressive performance and scalability. The prize, presented in a special category for algorithm innovation, was announced Thursday, Nov. 20, at the awards session of the SC08 conference in Austin. The researchers… Read More »

Berkeley Lab Technology for Speeding up Searches of Large Databases Wins R&D 100 Award

July 21, 2008

BERKELEY, Calif.—An indexing technology developed by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory which allows users to search massive datasets up to 40 times faster has been recognized with a 2008 R&D 100 award. The award, presented by R&D Magazine, “provides a mark of excellence known to industry, government, and academia as proof that the product is one of the most innovative ideas of the year.” The awards will be presented at a special ceremony in Chicago in October. Read More »

Research on Code Optimization Explores Multicore Computing, Wins Best Paper Award

April 18, 2008

A research paper exploring ways to make a popular scientific analysis code run smoothly on different types of multicore computers won a Best Paper Award at the 2008 IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS) this month. The paper’s lead author and CRD researcher, Samuel Williams, and his collaborators chose the lattice Bolzmann code to explore a broader issue: how to make best use of multicore supercomputers. The multicore trend started recently, and the… Read More »

CRD's Michael Wehner Contributes to National Report on Impacts of Climate Change on Transportation

March 12, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to a report issued this week by the National Research Council, every mode of transportation in the U.S. will be affected as the climate changes, with the greatest impact expected to result from flooding of roads, railways, transit systems, and airport runways in coastal areas because of rising sea levels and surges brought on by more intense storms. Though the impacts of climate change will vary by region, it is certain they will be widespread and costly in human… Read More »

Berkeley Lab’s Vern Paxson Honored for Research Characterizing the Internet

February 20, 2008

Vern Paxson, a network researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been awarded the Association for Computing Machinery’s Grace Murray Hopper Award for his work in measuring and characterizing the Internet. “His innovative techniques are used to assess new communications concepts, improve network performance, and prevent network intrusion,” according to the ACM. “ They provide both the research community and Internet operators with the… Read More »

LBNL Mathematician James Sethian Elected to National Academy of Engineering

February 12, 2008

James Sethian, head of the Mathematics Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a professor of mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Sethian was one of 65 new members and nine foreign associates whose election was announced Friday, Feb. 8. Sethian was honored “for the development of efficient methods of tracking moving interfaces.” Sethian’s research has led to the… Read More »