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Researchers Analyze Performance, Potential of Cell Processor

May 25, 2006

Though it was designed as the heart of the upcoming Sony PlayStation3 game console, the STI Cell processor has created quite a stir in the computational science community, where the processor’s potential as a building block for high performance computers has been widely discussed and speculated upon. To evaluate Cell’s potential, computer scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory evaluated the processor’s performance in running several… Read More »

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New Microbial Metagenome Data Analysis System in Production

May 15, 2006

An experimental metagenomics data management and analysis system co-developed  by the Biological Data Management and Technology Center (BDMTC) at Berkeley Lab with the Genome Biology Program and Microbial Ecology Program at DOE’s Joint Genome Institute and released earlier this year is also already helping produce scientific discoveries. Called IMG/M, the system extends the Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) system with the ability to integrate and analyze metagenome data, and has provided… Read More »

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CRD’s Helen He Develops Method for Easier Use of Community Climate System Model

April 8, 2006

As part of a comprehensive national project to provide U.S. climate researchers with state-of-the-art modeling capabilities, Yun “Helen” He of CRD’s Scientific Computing Group has developed a “single executable” mode for the Community Climate System Model (CCSM) on NERSC’s IBM SP. CCSM consists of separate programs for modeling atmosphere, ocean, sea ice and land surface and a flux coupler linking the four components. These components are integrated together in original multiple… Read More »

Enron Email Database Proves Easy Pickings for LBNL’s FastBit Search Technology

February 10, 2006

As the trial of former Enron executives gets under way, the extensive email trails left by employees of the Houston energy firm are expected to provide both compelling evidence and entertaining insight. In 2003, as part of an investigation into Enron’s business dealings in California, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission made public a database containing more than 500,000 emails sent by 151 Enron employees. Subjects ranged from corporate decisions to jokes to personal matters. While the… Read More »

CRD’s pyGlobus Tools Proving Popular

January 10, 2006

CRD’s Distributed Systems Department (DSD), which has led the development of the de facto standard tools for developing Grid Services, applications and portals using the Python programming language, proved a popular draw at the LBNL booth at the SC05 conference in Seattle. Python is a high-level interpreted language that supports a rapid application development cycle. Python’s minimal syntax makes it an ideal language for use by non-computer scientists. It also easily supports binding… Read More »

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Former DOE Fellow Wilkening Returns to Berkeley

January 9, 2006

Jon Wilkening, who earned his Ph.D. in 2002 from UC Berkeley working with CRD Math Group Lead James Sethian, has returned to Berkeley as an assistant professor and collaborator with the Math Group. Wilkening accepted a DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship in 1997 (while declining an NSF fellowship) and was named a Fred A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science in 2003. As a DOE fellow, he worked as a research assistant in the Math Group from 1997 to 2002. His general research interests… Read More »

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CRD’s Keith Beattie Wrapping Up Three Weeks in Antarctica

December 19, 2005

During a time of the year when many people have turned their attention to activities at the North Pole, Keith Beattie of the Distributed Systems Department has been focused on the IceCube project at the South Pole (http://icecube.wisc.edu/). Beattie, a software engineer who has been working on testing the data acquisition software for IceCube, will wrap up his three-week stint at the Antarctica site on Dec. 21 — just in time to spend Christmas on the beach in Australia. Here’s Beattie’s… Read More »

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Berkeley Lab’s John Bell Receives 2005 Sidney Fernbach Award

November 17, 2005

John Bell, a senior staff mathematician at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been named as the recipient of the 2005 Sidney Fernbach Award. The Fernbach Award is given by the IEEE Computer Society for an outstanding contribution in the application of high performance computers using innovative approaches. The award was presented at the SC05 conference held Nov. 12-18, 2005, in Seattle. “I am delighted to confirm that you have been selected to receive… Read More »

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CRD’s Barenblatt Wins Timoshenko Medal for Applied Mechanics

November 15, 2005

In November, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers presented Grigory Isaakovich Barenblatt of CRD’s Mathematics Group with the Timoshenko Medal “for seminal contributions to nearly every area of solid and fluid mechanics, including fracture mechanics, turbulence, stratified flows, flames, flow in porous media, and the theory and application of intermediate asymptotics.” The Timoshenko Medal was established in 1957 and is conferred in recognition of distinguished contributions to… Read More »

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Groundbreaking Combustion Research Featured on Cover of PNAS Journal

September 8, 2005

Computational and combustion scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have earned the cover article in the July 19, 2005 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences with their unparalleled computer simulation of turbulent flames. The research by scientists in Berkeley Lab’s Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering and the Environmental Energy Technologies Division has led to a three-dimensional combustion simulation of unmatched… Read More »