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Catching Turbulence in the Solar Wind

December 16, 2013

With help from Berkeley Lab's computational scientists and visualization experts, astrophysicists can now study turbulence in unprecedented detail, and the results may hold clues about some of the processes that lead to destructive space weather events. Read More »

Collaboration Shines in Materials Project Success

December 12, 2013

At Berkeley Lab, Computing Sciences’ world-class talent and resources have combined to help grow the Materials Project into a "world-changing idea," as it was proclaimed by Scientific American's December 2013 issue. Read More »

Lab Hosts Scientific Computing Day

December 11, 2013

On December 11, Berkeley Lab hosted Bay Area Scientific Computing Day (BASCD)—an annual one-day meeting to foster interactions and collaborations between researchers in the fields of scientific computing, computational science and engineering from the San Francisco Bay Area. Read More »

Big Data Hits Beamline

November 26, 2013

When scientists from around the world visit Dula Parkinson’s microtomography beamline at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Advanced Light Source, they all want the same thing: scientifically illuminating X-ray views of matter. Unfortunately, many of them have left with debilitating data overload. Department of Energy scientists like Parkinson are collaborating with computational scientists and mathematicians on data-handling and analysis tools. Read More »

Berkeley Lab Hosts 5 Emerging Leaders During TechWomen 2013

November 26, 2013

TechWomen 2013 brought 76 women from 16 Middle Eastern and African countries to the U.S. in October for a five-week professional mentoring program. TechWomen is an international exchange designed to empower, connect and support women professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This is the third year the Lab has been represented in the program. Read More »

Machine Learning Workshop

November 8, 2013

As part of the Computational Research Division’s strategic emphasis on increasing the role of computation in all aspects of scientific discovery, CRD staff organized a one-day workshop on Machine Learning for Science. The meeting was held Nov. 4 at Berkeley Lab. Read More »

Scientists See Better Climate Models, Warmer Future

September 27, 2013

Computational Researcher Michael Wehner was lead author on the newly released IPCC report’s chapter on long-term climate change projections. Among the conclusions were: most continents will continue to warm. Rain and snowfall patterns will continue to shift worldwide. Read More »

Applying the Magic of Mathematics to Solve Problems Using Supercomputers

September 13, 2013

As part of DOE's focus on supercomputing in September, CRD Director and applied mathematician David Brown answers five questions on how math makes supercomputers even more powerful tools for scientific discovery. Read More »

Berkeley Researcher Applies Graph Theory to Biofuels Research

September 4, 2013

With support from a DOE Early Career Award, Berkeley Lab Computational Researcher Aydın Buluç will develop faster and more energy-efficient data-mining algorithms in the quest for new biofuels. Read More »

OpenMSI: A Science Gateway to Sort Through Bio-Imaging’s Big Datasets

August 30, 2013

Mass spectrometry imaging technology is already helping doctors to better diagnose diseases, and leading to the creation of energy efficient and renewable biofuels. But researchers envision these areas of science progressing much faster—if only they had a standard set of computational tools to easily process, analyze and share these massive datasets. Now, they do—it’s called OpenMSI. Read More »

2013 Simons Institute Research Fellow: Sang-Yun Oh

August 27, 2013

As the first Simons Institute Research Fellow at Berkeley Lab, Sang-Yun Oh will be working with the Future Technologies Group to develop large-scale data analysis methodologies and algorithms. Read More »

Arie Shoshani Earns Berkeley Lab Lifetime Achievement Award

August 12, 2013

The leader of Berkeley Lab’s Scientific Data Management Research Group, Shoshani was honored at an Aug. 8 ceremony with the Berkeley Lab Prize for Lifetime Scientific Achievement. Read More »

Throwing a Lifeline to Scientists Drowning in Data

July 31, 2013

New computational techniques developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) may help save scientists from drowning in their own data. Computational scientists at the Lab have figured out how to streamline the analysis of enormous scientific datasets. The analysis uses the same techniques that make complex subway systems understandable at a glance. Read More »

Unusual supernova is doubly unusual for being perfectly normal

June 19, 2013

From the 'Backyard Supernova,' the Berkeley Lab-led Nearby Supernova Factory has built a benchmark atlas for normal Type Ia's Read More »

Study: Moving Computer Services to Cloud Promises Big Energy Savings

June 11, 2013

A six-month study led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) with funding from Google has found that moving common software applications used by 86 million U.S. workers to the cloud could save enough electricity annually to power Los Angeles for a year. Read More »

Trillion Particle Simulation on Hopper Honored with Best Paper

May 23, 2013

An unprecedented trillion-particle simulation, which utilized more than 120,000 processors and generated approximately 350 terabytes of data, pushed NERSC’s Cray XE6 “Hopper” supercomputer to its limits. And, allowed Berkeley Lab researchers to glean valuable insights that will help thousands of scientists worldwide make the most of current petascale systems like Hopper and future exascale supercomputers. Read More »

Math of Popping Bubbles in a Foam

May 9, 2013

Berkeley Lab researchers have described mathematically the successive stages in the complex evolution and disappearance of foamy bubbles, a feat that could help in modeling industrial processes in which liquids mix or in the formation of solid foams such as those used to cushion bicycle helmets. Read More »

Berkeley Lab’s Aydın Buluç Wins 2013 DOE Early Career Award

May 7, 2013

Aydın Buluç of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab’s) Computational Research Division (CRD) has been honored with a 2013 Department of Energy’s (DOE) Early Career Award for his work on energy-efficient parallel graph and data mining algorithms. Read More »

Bert de Jong to Lead Scientific Computing Group

May 3, 2013

Bert de Jong of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has been named the new leader of the Scientific Computing Group in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division (CRD). De Jong will join Berkeley Lab on July 1. Read More »

Brain Visualization Prototype Holds Promise for Precision Medicine

May 3, 2013

Researchers from Berkeley Lab, UCSF and Oblong Industries presented a prototype of their brain simulation and innovative navigation interface at UCSF’s OME Precision Medicine Summit on Thursday, May 2. Experts believe that this visualization holds promise for the field of precision medicine. Read More »

Berkeley Mathematician James Sethian Elected to National Academy of Sciences

April 30, 2013

James Sethian, an applied mathematician who leads the Mathematics Grooup at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was one of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 14 countries elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Read More »

At 14, SuperLU Solver Library Still Growing in Popularity

April 24, 2013

Since its launch in 1999, the SuperLU software library for solving sparse linear systems of equations has become the third most downloaded software at Berkeley Lab. Between Oct. 1, 2011 and Sept. 30, 2012, SuperLU was downloaded 24,303 times, nearly a 50 percent increase over the 16,876 downloads the previous year. Read More »

Berkeley Code Captures Retreating Antarctic Ice

March 29, 2013

Satellite observations suggest that the shrinking West Antarctic ice sheet is contributing to global sea level rise. But until recently, scientists could not accurately model the physical processes driving retreat of the ice sheet. Now, a new ice sheet model—called Berkeley-ISICLES (BISICLES)—is shedding light on these details. Read More »

Taghrid Samak Works to Affect Social Development in Egypt

March 29, 2013

On March 23 and 24, Taghrid Samak chaired the 2013 EgyptNEGMA conference to review 10 finalist proposals for advancing social development in Egypt and choosing the top three. The organizers of the top projects will go on an incubation trip to further network and receive more in-depth feedback through working groups based around their specific proposals. Read More »

Meeting the Computing Challenges of Next-Generation Climate Models

March 26, 2013

Berkeley Lab hosts an international workshop as climate scientists find themselves in a deluge of data. Read More »

Cosmic Message Received

March 21, 2013

Thanks to a sensitive space telescope and some sophisticated supercomputing, scientists from the international Planck collaboration have made the closest reading yet of the most ancient story in our universe: the cosmic microwave background. Read More »

CS Staff Contribute to SIAM

February 25, 2013

The annual SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering is being held this week in Boston, MA. Contributions to the conference from Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences researchers are listed here. Read More »

A Massive Stellar Burst, Before the Supernova

February 6, 2013

An automated supernova hunt is shedding new light on the death sequence of massive stars—specifically, the kind that self-destruct in Type IIn supernova explosions. Digging through the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) data archive housed at the Department of Energy’s NERSC at Berkeley Lab, astronomers have found the first causal evidence that these massive stars shed huge amounts of material in a “penultimate outburst” before final detonation as supernovae. Read More »

CRD’s Daniel Burke Elevated to IEEE Senior Member

January 24, 2013

Daniel Burke, who joined the Computational Research Division last fall as a project manager for the new Computer Architecture Lab, has been elevated to the grade of Senior Member of the IEEE this year. Senior Member is the highest professional grade of the IEEE for which a member may apply and only about 8 percent of IEEE’s 416,000 members have achieved this level. Read More »

Berkeley Lab's CRD Contributes to Breakthroughs of the Year

January 14, 2013

Every year, Science magazine editors and staff sift through numerous scientific accomplishments and ultimately crown one “Breakthrough of the Year.” Of the top 10 finalists for 2012, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) computational researchers were major contributors to two accomplishments, including the winner: Discovery of the Higgs Boson. Read More »

Berkeley Lab Computer Scientists Developing Tools to Reduce Greenhouse Gases at the Source

January 12, 2013

Berkeley Lab computational scientists are playing key roles in the management of the Carbon Capture Storage Initiative (CCSI) project and development of the computational tools. CCSI is developing computational tools to help researchers design cost-efficient systems that will reduce the amount of CO2 emissions spewing from coal-fired power plants. Read More »

Boverhof’s App Earns Honorable Mention in Amazon’s Web Services Competition

January 12, 2013

The Turbine Gateway, an application developed by the Computational Research Division’s Joshua Boverhof for DOE’s Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative, recently earned honorable mention in a competition sponsored by Amazon Web Services(AWS). Amazon officially announced the winners of its EC2 Spotathon on Monday, Dec. 10. Read More »

CRD Researchers Receive 2013 INCITE Allocations

January 11, 2013

Two researchers from the Computational Research Division are principal investigators and four are co-investigators on projects receiving large allocations of computer time in 2013 under DOE’s INCITE program. Read More »

Can We Accurately Model Fluid Flow in Shale?

January 3, 2013

Shale is a sedimentary rock consisting of layered, fine-grained clay minerals and, often, organic matter such as kerogen, the source of oil and gas. Now, CRD researchers have developed a new mathematical model that incorporates kerogen in calculating how gas and oil become available and how long a reservoir is liable to keep producing. Read More »