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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 »

The spirit of Lawrence’s Lab lives at CERN

July 8, 2004

GENEVA, Switzerland ‑ Six thousand miles east of Berkeley, in the rolling countryside of the Swiss-French border, the spirit of Ernest Lawrence is alive and well. Berkeley Lab’s founder is noted for many contributions to scientific knowledge, but two of his best-known ideas are the invention of the cyclotron and the idea of bringing together groups of people with a diversity of knowledge and expertise to take on the biggest scientific challenges. At CERN, the European Center for Nuclear… 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 »

Lab Hosts Workshop on Tools for Scientific Computing

August 6, 2003

More than 40 computational scientists from around the country attended the fourth workshop on the DOE Advanced Computational Software Collection. Hosted by the Computational Research Division, the workshop was held on the Clark Kerr Campus of UC Berkeley. The ACTS Collection (http://acts.nersc.gov) comprises a set of software tools developed at DOE laboratories, and is aimed at simplifying the solution of common and important computational problems, with substantial benefits demonstrated in a… Read More »

Bell, Colella Honored for Contributions to Computational Science, Engineering

June 17, 2003

John B. Bell and Phillip Colella, applied mathematicians at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, have been named as co-recipients of the 2003 SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering, awarded by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). According to SIAM President Mac Hyman, the prize “is awarded in the area of computational science in recognition of outstanding contributions… Read More »

Envisioning the Grid

January 29, 2003

At last year's SC2002 conference in Baltimore, Berkeley Lab racked up its third straight win in supercomputing's annual Bandwidth Challenge with a data-gobbling visualization of colliding black holes. When it comes to remote scientific visualization, says Wes Bethel with a smile, "we're the kings." Now Bethel and John Shalf of the Computational Research Division's Visualization Group have followed up their SC2002 success by writing a good chunk — including the guest editorial — of the… Read More »

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Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s David Quarrie to Manage ATLAS Software Project at CERN

January 28, 2003

David Quarrie, a senior computer scientist of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, has accepted a two-year appointment as software project leader within the reorganized computing organization for the ATLAS experiment in Geneva, Switzerland. The ATLAS particle detector, scheduled to begin generating massive amounts of data in 2007, is part of the Large Hadron Collider under construction at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research,… Read More »