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A Standard for Neuroscience Data

December 16, 2014

BrainFormat, a neuroscience data standardization framework developed at Berkeley Lab, is a strong contender to contribute to a community-wide data format and storage standard for the neuroscience research community. Read More »

CRD Staff to Present Research, Expertise at 2014 AGU Meeting

December 11, 2014

This week, nearly 24,000 Earth and space scientists, educators and students will convene in San Francisco for the 2014 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The meeting will be held Dec. 15-19 at the Moscone Convention Center. Among the presenters will be a number of Computational Research Division staff highlighting their research in invited talks, technical presentations, posters and discussions. Read More »

CRD Researchers Give Combustion System Design a Boost

December 1, 2014

Turbulent combustion simulations, which provide input to the design of more fuel-efficient combustion systems such as diesel engines, have gotten their own efficiency boost, thanks to researchers from Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division. Read More »

Berkeley Algorithms Help Researchers Understand Dark Energy

November 24, 2014

The process of identifying and tracking Type Ia supernovae requires scientists to scrupulously monitor the night sky for slight changes, a task that would be extremely tedious and time-consuming for the Dark Energy Survey (DES) without some novel computational tools developed at NERSC by researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley. Read More »

Khaled Ibrahim Wins SC14 HPC Challenge with Best FFT Performance

November 24, 2014

Khaled Ibrahim of CRD’s Computer Languages and Systems Software Group won the HPC Challenge for the fastest performance of a Fast Fourier Transformation (FFT) application at the SC14 conference in New Orleans. Read More »

Supercomputers Fuel Global High-Resolution Climate Models

November 12, 2014

Not long ago, it would have taken several years to run a high-resolution simulation on a global climate model. But using supercomputing resources at NERSC, climate scientist Michael Wehner of Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division was able to complete a run in just three months. Read More »

CRD Director David Brown Announces Reorg for Strategic Alignment & Clarity

November 4, 2014

Computational Research Division Director David Brown announced a reorganization of the Computational Research Division at the October CRD All-Hands meeting, creating four new Departments aligned with CRD’s strategic directions, effective November 3, 2014. Read More »

CRD Researchers Help Model 3D Map of Adolescent Universe

October 21, 2014

Using extremely faint light from galaxies 10.8 billion light years away, scientists have created one of the most complete, three-dimensional maps of a slice of the adolescent universe—just 3 billion years after the Big Bang. Read More »

Chorin Wins National Medal of Science

October 3, 2014

Alexandre Chorin, a mathematician with Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division and a University Professor of mathematics at UC Berkeley, was named today by President Obama as a recipient of the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest honor for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. Read More »

Simulations Reveal An Unusual Death for Ancient Stars

September 29, 2014

Certain primordial stars—those 55,000 and 56,000 times the mass of our Sun, or solar masses—may have died unusually. In death, these objects—among the Universe’s first-generation of stars—would have exploded as supernovae and burned completely, leaving no remnant black hole behind. Read More »

Pore models track reactions in underground carbon capture

September 25, 2014

Berkeley Lab researchers are creating microscopic pore-scale simulations could help scientists evaluate ways to store carbon dioxide produced by power plants, keeping it from contributing to global climate change. Read More »

Adapting Materials Sciences Algorithms for Cancer Screening Leads to Award for Berkeley Lab Researcher

September 15, 2014

An automated method to extract the boundaries of individual cytoplasm and nucleus from overlapping cervical cell images, developed by Berkeley Lab's Daniela Ushizima and Brazilian collaborators, won first place at an IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI 2014) competition. The tool included pattern recognition algorithms developed by DOE's CAMERA to characterize new materials. Read More »

Bell Named to National Academies' Board on Mathematical Sciences and their Applications

September 8, 2014

John Bell, a senior staff mathematician in CRD’s Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering (CCSE), has been named to the Board on Mathematical Sciences and their Applications (BMSA) of the National Academies. Read More »

Photon Speedway Puts Big Data In the Fast Lane

August 26, 2014

In experiments run at the Linac Coherent Light Source, scientists from Berkeley Lab and SLAC used NERSC, ESnet and CRD resources to more quickly achieve a breakthrough in photosynthesis research. Read More »

New Project is the ACME of Addressing Climate Change

August 25, 2014

The Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy (ACME) project will accelerate the development and application of fully coupled, state-of-the-science Earth system models for scientific and energy applications. Hans Johansen, a computational fluid dynamicist, will co-lead the Computational Performance Task Team. Read More »

Kate Odziomek Receives ACS Scholarship for Scientific Excellence

August 22, 2014

Kate Odziomek, a visiting graduate student working with Maciej Haranczyk and Daniela Ushizima won the Chemical Information section (CINF) Scholarship for Scientific Excellence at the 2014 American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition. Read More »

Meet Juliane Mueller, 2014 Alvarez Fellow

August 20, 2014

As the 2014 Luis Alvarez Postdoctoral Fellow, Juliane Mueller joins Berkeley Lab’s Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering (CCSE) where she will be developing optimization algorithms for computationally expensive black-box problems. Read More »

Berkeley Lab’s SPOT Suite Transforms Beamline Science

August 18, 2014

Most synchrotron light sources have been operating on a manual grab-and-go data management model, but a recent data deluge is quickly making this practice implausible. So scientists from the Advanced Light Source (ALS), CRD and NERSC teamed up to create SPOT Suite, and it is already transforming the way scientists run their experiments at the ALS. Read More »

Julian Borrill to Head Computational Cosmology at Berkeley Lab

August 13, 2014

Senior Scientist Julian Borrill has been selected to head Berkeley Lab’s Computational Cosmology Center (C3). Effective August 4, he will lead all technical and administrative aspects of C3—including engaging in scientific program development, and serving as principal investigator for proposals and projects. Read More »

Former Alvarez Fellows Land Professorships

August 1, 2014

Lin Lin and Didem Unat, both former winners of Berkeley Lab's Luis W. Alvarez Postdoctoral Fellowship, recently were awarded university faculty positions. Lin Lin joined UC Berkeley's Math Department as assistant professor. Didem Unat was appointed professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. Read More »

CRD Researchers Named Data Science Fellows

July 18, 2014

Five researchers in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division have been named Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) fellows. They are Deb Agarwal, Wes Bethel, Peter Nugent, James Sethian and Daniela Ushizima. Read More »

Weathering the Flood of Big Data in Climate Research

July 11, 2014

CRD researcher Prabhat, working with ESnet's Eli Dart, took on Big Data, accessing 56 TB of climate data from sites around the world, then using supercomputers at NERSC and Argonne National Lab to assess the ability of climate models to predict extra-tropical cyclones. Read More »

Vern Paxson Honored with 2015 IEEE Internet Award

June 27, 2014

Vern Paxson, a faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab and a professor at UC Berkeley, is a co-recipient of the 2015 IEEE Internet Award for exceptional contributions to the advancement of Internet technology. Read More »

Berkeley Lab, Intel to Collaborate in Updating Scientific Codes for Manycore Architectures

June 18, 2014

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been named an Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC), a collaboration with Intel aimed at adapting existing scientific applications to run on future supercomputers built with manycore processors. The Berkeley Lab IPCC will be led by Bert de Jong and Hans Johansen of the Computational Research Division (CRD) and Nick Wright of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). Read More »

CRD’s Chuck McParland to Retire after 41 Years of Advancing Scientific Data Collection

June 9, 2014

Ever since he built a radio telescope in his backyard as a kid in Chicago, Chuck McParland’s interest in science and technology has taken his work to the ends of the Earth and the depths of space. But after four decades and a year at UC Berkeley and then Berkeley Lab, McParland is now looking to retire. Read More »