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Julian Borrill Unveils Cambridge’s Cosmology Supercomputer

August 7, 2012

Julian Borrill, co-leader of the Computational Cosmology Center in the Computational Research Division, gave an invited talk at the Numerical Cosmology 2012 conference held July 17-20 in Cambridge, England, and also chaired the session in which the university’s new supercomputer was officially launched. Read More »

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Sifting Through a Trillion Electrons

June 26, 2012

Using tools developed by Berkeley Lab Computational Research, astrophyscists were able to mine a trillion-particle 3D magnetic reconnection dataset in about three seconds, and visualize the results for analysis. Each time-step of this simulation is a massive 32 terabyte file, this is the first time a dataset of this magnitude has been queried and visualized so quickly. Read More »

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Erich Strohmaier and the TOP500: A list that’s taken on a life of its own

June 14, 2012

In June 2012, Erich Strohmaier will present the 39th edition of the TOP500 list during the opening session of the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany. This profile tracks the beginning of the list and Strohmaier's career. Read More »

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Berkeley Lab Scientists Help Define the Healthy Human Microbiome

June 13, 2012

The human microbiome’s exact function, good and bad, is poorly understood. But that could all change now that the normal microbial make-up of healthy humans has been mapped for the first time with help from Berkeley Lab's Computational Sciences Division. Read More »

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Hank Childs Wins 2012 DOE Early Career Award

May 10, 2012

Hank Childs of the Computational Research Division’s Visualization Group has been honored with a 2012 Department of Energy Early Career Award. Read More »

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John Bell Elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 1, 2012

John Bell, an applied mathematician and computational scientist who leads the Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Read More »

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Visualizing Processes That Lead to “Cracks” in the Earth’s Cocoon

April 30, 2012

Earth is mostly protected from solar radiation, by the magnetosphere. But sometimes the magnetosphere “cracks,” allowing radiation to seep in and wreak havoc on power grids and satellites. This phenomenon is not well understood, so scientists from UC San Diego ran simulations to investigate what happens. In the process, they generated approximately 3 petabytes of data, and reached out to Berkeley Lab’s Burlen Loring to develop customized visualization techniques for analyzing data. Read More »

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Berkeley Lab-led Institute to Help Solve Data-intensive Science Challenges

March 29, 2012

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a $25 million five-year initiative to help scientists better extract insights from today’s increasingly massive research datasets, the Scalable Data Management, Analysis, and Visualization (SDAV) Institute. SDAV will be funded through DOE’s Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program and led by Arie Shoshani of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Read More »

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Researchers Discover a New Kind of Neutrino Transformation

March 8, 2012

Some unprecedentedly precise measurements from the Daya Bay Neutrino Experiment are revealing how electron antineutrinos “oscillate” into different flavors as they travel. This finding may eventually solve the riddle of why there is far more ordinary matter than antimatter in the universe today. Read More »

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Carbon Dioxide Catchers

February 29, 2012

CRD's Maciej Haranczyk and colleagues have developed a computational tool that can help researchers sort through vast databases of porous materials to identify promising carbon capture candidates—and at record speeds. They call it Zeo++. Read More »