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To Bridge LEDs’ Green Gap, Scientists Think Small…Really Small

April 4, 2014

Nanostructures half the breadth of a DNA strand could improve the efficiency of light emitting diodes (LEDs), especially in the “green gap,” a portion of the spectrum where LED efficiency plunges, simulations at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have shown. Read More »


CRD’s John Shalf Discusses Big Data with White House Staff

March 31, 2014

John Shalf, head of CRD’s Computer and Data Sciences Department, was one of four national lab representatives to meet with President Obama’s chief of staff and members of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other agencies to discuss the intersection of big data architecture requirements and exascale challenges. Read More »


Human-induced climate change reduces chance of flooding in Okavango Delta

March 27, 2014

Researchers at the University of Cape Town, Berkeley Lab and the United Nations Development Programme have analyzed how human-induced climate change has affected recent flooding in an ecologically and geographically unique river basin in southern Africa—the Okavango River. After running a number of simulations, they found that greenhouse gas emissions have substantially reduced the chance of the floods in the region. Read More »

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A New Mathematics for Experimental Science

March 17, 2014

In the age of high-resolution detectors and international research collaborations, math has the potential to transform science and accelerate discovery. But this work will require state-of-the-art mathematics, carefully crafted in inventive new ways. That’s where the Department of Energy’s new Center for Applied Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA) comes in. Read More »


Simulations Shed Light on Pine Island Glacier’s Stability

February 28, 2014

The rapid retreat of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier has perhaps reached a point of no return, say three international modeling teams who ran a number of simulations to model the glacier’s behavior. To do this work, they relied on three different ice-flow models including BISICLES, which was developed by a collaboration that included Berkeley Lab computational scientists. Read More »


Seeing the Great Lights of Europe: A Study in Approaches to Synchrotron Data Management and Analysis

February 21, 2014

Last month, David Brown and Craig Tull of the Computational Research Division (CRD) and Alex Hexemer of the Advanced Light Source went on a 10-day tour of Europe's light sources. Their stops included, Garching, Karlsruhe, Villigen, Hamburg and Oxford. Read More »


CRD, NERSC Staff Present at SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing

February 18, 2014

Dozens of scientists from Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research and National Energy Research Scientific Computing divisions are presenting their research this week at the Sixteenth Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing. Read More »


Saye and Sethian’s Bubble Visualization Honored by 2013 Visualization Challenge

February 7, 2014

A visualization created by Berkeley Lab mathematicians Robert Saye and James Sethian of soap bubbles bursting and reforming has won honorable mention in the 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, sponsored by Science magazine and the National Science Foundation. Read More »


Edison Early Users Deliver Results

January 31, 2014

Two Berkeley Lab computational researchers were among those who pushed the limits of NERSC's new Edison supercomputer while making advances in their fields. Read More »


Berkeley Lab Mathematicians Develop Framework for Nanocrystallography Analysis

January 14, 2014

Jeffrey Donatelli and James Sethian develop mathematical tools to improve the reconstruction of images in the emerging field of X-ray nanocrystallography. Read More »