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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 »