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Biological Data Management and Technology Center Marks First Year

March 22, 2005

The Biological Data Management and Technology Center (BDMTC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory marked its first anniversary with the release of the Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) system, a complex biological data management system BDMTC developed in collaboration with the Microbial Genome Analysis Program (MGAP) at the Joint Genome Institute (JGI). As a community resource, IMG integrates JGI’s microbial genome data with publicly available microbial genome data, providing a powerful… Read More »

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LBNL Team Takes Software to the End of the Earth

March 2, 2005

Developing robust, reliable data acquisition software for high-energy physics experiments is always a challenge, but developing such software for an experiment expected to run for up to 15 years while buried in the Antarctic ice poses unique problems. But a team led by Chuck McParland of CRD’s Distributed Scientific Tools Group has risen to the occasion. The first kilometer-long string of 60 detectors recently buried near the South Pole is already recording light pulses as the experiment… Read More »

LBNL Speaker Series in Washington to Feature CRD Expertise

February 1, 2005

Beginning in February, scientists from CRD will launch a series of presentations at Berkeley Lab’s project office in Washington, D.C. The goal of the series is to better inform the Washington research community about the achievements and expertise of LNBL staff. The LBNL office is located at 901 D Street, SW, Suite 950. The office is in the Aerospace Center, across D Street from L’Enfant Plaza. Wes Bethel, leader of the Visualization Group in CRD, will give the first talk at 9 a.m. Read More »

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Face-to-Face Discussion Helps Fusion Scientists Solve Interface Problem

January 24, 2005

Sometimes, $14 can go a long way. For the price of a train ticket from Manhattan to Princeton, CRD’s Sherry Li was able to meet with scientists at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab and together they were able to solve problems that were keeping a new fusion code from running fully parallel. Li, a member of the Scientific Computing Group and one of the key developers of the SuperLU library of solvers, had been consulting with Steve Jardin’s group at PPPL for several months as the fusion… Read More »

LBNL’s DataMover Reaches Milestone with Automated Transfer of 18K Files

November 30, 2004

Amidst the hype and hoopla at the recent SC2004 conference in Pittsburgh, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Scientific Data Management Research Group demonstrated the robustness of the group’s DataMover by putting the application through its workaday paces. In doing so, the group reached a milestone when, with a single request, 17,870 data files were moved seamlessly from Brookhaven National Lab in New York to LBNL, both of which are operated by the U.S. Department of Energy. What… Read More »

Crystallization in Silico

November 30, 2004

When Francis Crick and James Watson deciphered the structure of DNA in 1953, X-ray crystallography became famous; key to their success was crystallography of DNA done by Rosalind Franklin in the laboratory of Maurice Wilkins. X-ray crystallography has long since become the workhorse for structural studies of big biological molecules, including most of the many thousands of proteins whose structures have been solved in the last half century. Crystallizing biological molecules is tricky, however. Read More »

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Anatomy of a Web(bed) Legend

June 8, 2004

In the wild, a frog may live to 10 years, assuming it survives tadpolehood and doesn’t get eaten by a bird or a fish or some other creature. On the Web, though, a virtual frog named “Fluffy” has easily notched its tenth year despite millions of dissections. Launched in June1994, by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Virtual Frog Dissection Kit Web site allows users to virtually dissect a frog without all that smelly formaldehyde of high school… Read More »

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CRD's Phil Colella Elected To National Academy Of Sciences

May 7, 2004

Phillip Colella, an applied mathematician and computational scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Colella, along with LBNL’s Paul Alivisatos, is among the 72 new members and 18 foreign associates from 13 countries elected to the academy this week in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization… Read More »

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Sethian Receives Norbert Wiener Prize in Applied Mathematics

January 15, 2004

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, Berkeley, has been awarded the Norbert Wiener Prize in Applied Mathematics by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The prize, presented Jan. 8 at the joint AMS-SIAM meeting in Phoenix, is awarded for an outstanding contribution to "applied… Read More »

Berkeley Lab to Showcase HPC, Grids Expertise At SC2003

November 7, 2003

The Computing Sciences organization at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will demonstrate its leadership in advancing science-driven supercomputing and next-generation Grid tools in a series of demonstrations and presentations at the SC2003 conference in Phoenix. Berkeley Lab, located in booth R231, will feature three days of short technical talks on subjects as diverse as supercomputer performance, data management, applications to improve system and code… Read More »