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A Standard for Neuroscience Data

December 16, 2014

BrainFormat, a neuroscience data standardization framework developed at Berkeley Lab, is a strong contender to contribute to a community-wide data format and storage standard for the neuroscience research community. Read More »

CRD Staff to Present Research, Expertise at 2014 AGU Meeting

December 11, 2014

This week, nearly 24,000 Earth and space scientists, educators and students will convene in San Francisco for the 2014 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The meeting will be held Dec. 15-19 at the Moscone Convention Center. Among the presenters will be a number of Computational Research Division staff highlighting their research in invited talks, technical presentations, posters and discussions. Read More »

CRD Researchers Give Combustion System Design a Boost

December 1, 2014

Turbulent combustion simulations, which provide input to the design of more fuel-efficient combustion systems such as diesel engines, have gotten their own efficiency boost, thanks to researchers from Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division. Read More »

Berkeley Algorithms Help Researchers Understand Dark Energy

November 24, 2014

The process of identifying and tracking Type Ia supernovae requires scientists to scrupulously monitor the night sky for slight changes, a task that would be extremely tedious and time-consuming for the Dark Energy Survey (DES) without some novel computational tools developed at NERSC by researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley. Read More »

Khaled Ibrahim Wins SC14 HPC Challenge with Best FFT Performance

November 24, 2014

Khaled Ibrahim of CRD’s Computer Languages and Systems Software Group won the HPC Challenge for the fastest performance of a Fast Fourier Transformation (FFT) application at the SC14 conference in New Orleans. Read More »

Supercomputers Fuel Global High-Resolution Climate Models

November 12, 2014

Not long ago, it would have taken several years to run a high-resolution simulation on a global climate model. But using supercomputing resources at NERSC, climate scientist Michael Wehner of Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division was able to complete a run in just three months. Read More »

CRD Director David Brown Announces Reorg for Strategic Alignment & Clarity

November 4, 2014

Computational Research Division Director David Brown announced a reorganization of the Computational Research Division at the October CRD All-Hands meeting, creating four new Departments aligned with CRD’s strategic directions, effective November 3, 2014. Read More »

CRD Researchers Help Model 3D Map of Adolescent Universe

October 21, 2014

Using extremely faint light from galaxies 10.8 billion light years away, scientists have created one of the most complete, three-dimensional maps of a slice of the adolescent universe—just 3 billion years after the Big Bang. Read More »

Chorin Wins National Medal of Science

October 3, 2014

Alexandre Chorin, a mathematician with Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division and a University Professor of mathematics at UC Berkeley, was named today by President Obama as a recipient of the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest honor for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. Read More »

Simulations Reveal An Unusual Death for Ancient Stars

September 29, 2014

Certain primordial stars—those 55,000 and 56,000 times the mass of our Sun, or solar masses—may have died unusually. In death, these objects—among the Universe’s first-generation of stars—would have exploded as supernovae and burned completely, leaving no remnant black hole behind. Read More »

Pore models track reactions in underground carbon capture

September 25, 2014

Berkeley Lab researchers are creating microscopic pore-scale simulations could help scientists evaluate ways to store carbon dioxide produced by power plants, keeping it from contributing to global climate change. Read More »

Adapting Materials Sciences Algorithms for Cancer Screening Leads to Award for Berkeley Lab Researcher

September 15, 2014

An automated method to extract the boundaries of individual cytoplasm and nucleus from overlapping cervical cell images, developed by Berkeley Lab's Daniela Ushizima and Brazilian collaborators, won first place at an IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI 2014) competition. The tool included pattern recognition algorithms developed by DOE's CAMERA to characterize new materials. Read More »

Bell Named to National Academies' Board on Mathematical Sciences and their Applications

September 8, 2014

John Bell, a senior staff mathematician in CRD’s Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering (CCSE), has been named to the Board on Mathematical Sciences and their Applications (BMSA) of the National Academies. Read More »

Photon Speedway Puts Big Data In the Fast Lane

August 26, 2014

In experiments run at the Linac Coherent Light Source, scientists from Berkeley Lab and SLAC used NERSC, ESnet and CRD resources to more quickly achieve a breakthrough in photosynthesis research. Read More »

New Project is the ACME of Addressing Climate Change

August 25, 2014

The Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy (ACME) project will accelerate the development and application of fully coupled, state-of-the-science Earth system models for scientific and energy applications. Hans Johansen, a computational fluid dynamicist, will co-lead the Computational Performance Task Team. Read More »

Kate Odziomek Receives ACS Scholarship for Scientific Excellence

August 22, 2014

Kate Odziomek, a visiting graduate student working with Maciej Haranczyk and Daniela Ushizima won the Chemical Information section (CINF) Scholarship for Scientific Excellence at the 2014 American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition. Read More »

Meet Juliane Mueller, 2014 Alvarez Fellow

August 20, 2014

As the 2014 Luis Alvarez Postdoctoral Fellow, Juliane Mueller joins Berkeley Lab’s Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering (CCSE) where she will be developing optimization algorithms for computationally expensive black-box problems. Read More »

Berkeley Lab’s SPOT Suite Transforms Beamline Science

August 18, 2014

Most synchrotron light sources have been operating on a manual grab-and-go data management model, but a recent data deluge is quickly making this practice implausible. So scientists from the Advanced Light Source (ALS), CRD and NERSC teamed up to create SPOT Suite, and it is already transforming the way scientists run their experiments at the ALS. Read More »

Julian Borrill to Head Computational Cosmology at Berkeley Lab

August 13, 2014

Senior Scientist Julian Borrill has been selected to head Berkeley Lab’s Computational Cosmology Center (C3). Effective August 4, he will lead all technical and administrative aspects of C3—including engaging in scientific program development, and serving as principal investigator for proposals and projects. Read More »

Former Alvarez Fellows Land Professorships

August 1, 2014

Lin Lin and Didem Unat, both former winners of Berkeley Lab's Luis W. Alvarez Postdoctoral Fellowship, recently were awarded university faculty positions. Lin Lin joined UC Berkeley's Math Department as assistant professor. Didem Unat was appointed professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. Read More »

CRD Researchers Named Data Science Fellows

July 18, 2014

Five researchers in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division have been named Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) fellows. They are Deb Agarwal, Wes Bethel, Peter Nugent, James Sethian and Daniela Ushizima. Read More »

Weathering the Flood of Big Data in Climate Research

July 11, 2014

CRD researcher Prabhat, working with ESnet's Eli Dart, took on Big Data, accessing 56 TB of climate data from sites around the world, then using supercomputers at NERSC and Argonne National Lab to assess the ability of climate models to predict extra-tropical cyclones. Read More »

Vern Paxson Honored with 2015 IEEE Internet Award

June 27, 2014

Vern Paxson, a faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab and a professor at UC Berkeley, is a co-recipient of the 2015 IEEE Internet Award for exceptional contributions to the advancement of Internet technology. Read More »

Berkeley Lab, Intel to Collaborate in Updating Scientific Codes for Manycore Architectures

June 18, 2014

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been named an Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC), a collaboration with Intel aimed at adapting existing scientific applications to run on future supercomputers built with manycore processors. The Berkeley Lab IPCC will be led by Bert de Jong and Hans Johansen of the Computational Research Division (CRD) and Nick Wright of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). Read More »

CRD’s Chuck McParland to Retire after 41 Years of Advancing Scientific Data Collection

June 9, 2014

Ever since he built a radio telescope in his backyard as a kid in Chicago, Chuck McParland’s interest in science and technology has taken his work to the ends of the Earth and the depths of space. But after four decades and a year at UC Berkeley and then Berkeley Lab, McParland is now looking to retire. Read More »

Arie Shoshani Retiring After 38 Years Managing Big and Bigger Data

June 5, 2014

For 38 years, Arie Shoshani has been ahead of the curve in managing scientific data, leading the lab's Scientific Data Management Group and serving as the lead for three SciDAC projects to develop new approaches for managing data. Over the course of his career, he has become an internationally recognized expert on creating, organizing and sharing scientific datasets. In August 2013, Shoshani's contributions to the scientific community were recognized with the Berkeley Lab Prize for Lifetime Scientific Achievement. Read More »

Peter Nugent Appointed Division Deputy for Scientific Engagement

June 3, 2014

Peter Nugent has been appointed Deputy for Scientific Engagement in Berkeley Lab’s CRD. In his new role, Nugent will work with CRD and Computing Sciences leadership to develop and implement a strategy for engaging with other Berkeley Lab scientific divisions in need of computational solutions for data-intensive science projects. He will also act as a facilitator for these inter-divisional collaborations. Read More »

Multidimensional Image Processing and Analysis in R

May 29, 2014

An esoteric, open-source programming language—called R—could pave the way for open science. Thousands of scientists are participating in the R development community, including CRD's Talita Perciano. As a student, she contributed one of the first image-processing tools—called R Image Processing Analysis (RIPA)—to the community. Now with big science datasets in mind, she’s updated the existing tool with improved features for complex data analysis. Read More »

Confirmed: Stellar Behemoth Self-Destructs in Type IIb Supernova

May 21, 2014

For the first time ever, astronomers have direct confirmation that a Wolf-Rayet star died in a violent explosion known as a Type IIb supernova. Using the iPTF pipeline, researchers caught supernova SN 2013cu within hours of its explosion. These observations are providing valuable insights into the life and death of the progenitor Wolf-Rayet. These stars are interesting because they enrich galaxies with the heavy chemical elements that eventually become the building blocks for planets and life. Read More »

Berkeley Lab Climate Scientist: More Extreme Heat and Drought in Coming Decades

May 6, 2014

By the end of this century climate change will result in more frequent and more extreme heat, more drought, and fewer extremes in cold weather in the United States. Average high temperatures could climb as much as 10 or more degrees Fahrenheit in some parts of the country. These are some of the projections made by Berkeley Lab climate scientist Michael Wehner and his co-authors on the National Climate Assessment (NCA). Read More »

To Bridge LEDs’ Green Gap, Scientists Think Small…Really Small

April 4, 2014

Nanostructures half the breadth of a DNA strand could improve the efficiency of light emitting diodes (LEDs), especially in the “green gap,” a portion of the spectrum where LED efficiency plunges, simulations at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have shown. Read More »

CRD’s John Shalf Discusses Big Data with White House Staff

March 31, 2014

John Shalf, head of CRD’s Computer and Data Sciences Department, was one of four national lab representatives to meet with President Obama’s chief of staff and members of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other agencies to discuss the intersection of big data architecture requirements and exascale challenges. Read More »

Human-induced climate change reduces chance of flooding in Okavango Delta

March 27, 2014

Researchers at the University of Cape Town, Berkeley Lab and the United Nations Development Programme have analyzed how human-induced climate change has affected recent flooding in an ecologically and geographically unique river basin in southern Africa—the Okavango River. After running a number of simulations, they found that greenhouse gas emissions have substantially reduced the chance of the floods in the region. Read More »

A New Mathematics for Experimental Science

March 17, 2014

In the age of high-resolution detectors and international research collaborations, math has the potential to transform science and accelerate discovery. But this work will require state-of-the-art mathematics, carefully crafted in inventive new ways. That’s where the Department of Energy’s new Center for Applied Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA) comes in. Read More »

Simulations Shed Light on Pine Island Glacier’s Stability

February 28, 2014

The rapid retreat of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier has perhaps reached a point of no return, say three international modeling teams who ran a number of simulations to model the glacier’s behavior. To do this work, they relied on three different ice-flow models including BISICLES, which was developed by a collaboration that included Berkeley Lab computational scientists. Read More »

Seeing the Great Lights of Europe: A Study in Approaches to Synchrotron Data Management and Analysis

February 21, 2014

Last month, David Brown and Craig Tull of the Computational Research Division (CRD) and Alex Hexemer of the Advanced Light Source went on a 10-day tour of Europe's light sources. Their stops included, Garching, Karlsruhe, Villigen, Hamburg and Oxford. Read More »

CRD, NERSC Staff Present at SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing

February 18, 2014

Dozens of scientists from Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research and National Energy Research Scientific Computing divisions are presenting their research this week at the Sixteenth Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing. Read More »

Saye and Sethian’s Bubble Visualization Honored by 2013 Visualization Challenge

February 7, 2014

A visualization created by Berkeley Lab mathematicians Robert Saye and James Sethian of soap bubbles bursting and reforming has won honorable mention in the 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, sponsored by Science magazine and the National Science Foundation. Read More »

Edison Early Users Deliver Results

January 31, 2014

Two Berkeley Lab computational researchers were among those who pushed the limits of NERSC's new Edison supercomputer while making advances in their fields. Read More »

Berkeley Lab Mathematicians Develop Framework for Nanocrystallography Analysis

January 14, 2014

Jeffrey Donatelli and James Sethian develop mathematical tools to improve the reconstruction of images in the emerging field of X-ray nanocrystallography. Read More »