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CRD's Dáithí Stone Comments on Recent Paris Climate Agreement

December 23, 2015

Carbon Brief spoke to a number of prominent scientists - including Dáithí Stone of the Computational Research Division - at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco to get their thoughts on the new Paris climate agreement. Read More »

Xiaoye "Sherry" Li Elected to SIAM Council

December 14, 2015

Sherry Li, a member of CRD’s Scalable Solvers Group, has been elected to the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Council where she will help shall formulate the scientific policies of SIAM, monitor its technical activities, propose new activities,and recommend action to the Board as appropriate. Read More »

OpenMSI Wins R&D100 Award

November 17, 2015

OpenMSI, the most advanced web-available tool for analyzing and visualizing mass spectrometry instruments (MSI) data was one of seven Berkeley Lab winners of R&D100 awards announced last week. Oliver Rübel of CRD and Ben Bowen of the Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology Division led the development of OpenMSI with collaboration from NERSC. Read More »

CRD Research Team Optimizing Spark Data Analytics Framework for HPC

November 13, 2015

A team of scientists from Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division (CRD) has been awarded a two-year, $110,000 grant by Intel to support their goal of enabling data analytics software stacks—notably Spark—to scale out on next-generation high performance computing (HPC) systems. Read More »

‘Sidecars’ Pave the Way for Concurrent Analytics of Large-Scale Simulations

November 2, 2015

A new software tool developed through a multi-disciplinary collaboration at Berkeley Lab allows researchers running large-scale simulations at NERSC and other supercomputing facilities to do data analytics and visualizations while the simulations are running. Read More »

Lab Staff to Ply Expertise at SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra

October 21, 2015

Xiaoye Sherry Li will give an invited talk at the 2015 SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra. She and 10 other Computing Sciences staff contributed papers and posters to the conference program. Read More »

New Berkeley Lab Partnership Offers Computing Science Research Opportunities to Faculty, Students from Diverse Backgrounds

October 12, 2015

A new program being launched by Berkeley Lab's Computing Sciences organization to provide research opportunities for faculty and students from diverse backgrounds will begin with an introductory Dec. 7-8 workshop. Read More »

Is Your Digital Information More at Risk Today Than 10 Years Ago?

October 12, 2015

Researchers from the University of New Mexico and Berkeley Lab say cybersecurity breeches are not happening more frequently than they did a decade ago. And these data breaches in general are not growing in size. Read More »

CRD’s Costin Iancu to Present at NITRD Workshop on Software Sustainability

October 10, 2015

Costin Iancu of CRD’s Computer Languages and Systems Software (CLaSS) Group will give a short talk and present a poster at the Oct. 15-16 workshop on Computational Science & Engineering Software Sustainability and Productivity Challenges. An inter-agency workshop sponsored by the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD), CSESSP Challenges will identify the unique issues around software productivity and sustainability faced by the NITRD computational science… Read More »

After 10 Years, IMG Still Revolutionizing Genomics

October 5, 2015

This year, the Integrated Microbial Genome (IMG) data management system celebrates its tenth anniversary. In honor of this milestone, the Berkeley Lab researchers who led the development of IMG—Victor M Markowitz and Nikos C Kyrpides—reflect on its development, evolution and impact. Read More »

New DOE Office of Science Support for CAMERA to Develop Computational Mathematics for Experimental Facilities Research

September 22, 2015

The Department of Energy has announced approval of a joint ASCR-BES-supported award of $10.5 million over three years to expand the Center for Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA). Read More »

Berkeley Lab Joins DOE’s New HPC4Manufacturing Program

September 16, 2015

Berkeley Lab is collaborating with Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge national laboratories to lead a new Department of Energy program designed to fund and foster public-private R&D projects that enhance U.S. competitiveness in clean energy manufacturing. Read More »

CRD Researchers Honored with Director’s Awards for Exceptional Achievement

September 14, 2015

Five employees in the Computing Sciences organization staff, including CRD's Deborah Agarwal and James Sethian, are recipients of this year’s Director’s Award for Exceptional Achievement. Read More »

CRD’s Oliker New Lead for DOE’s SUPER Project to Improve HPC Performance, Efficiency

August 18, 2015

Leonid “Lenny” OIiker of the Computational Research Division has stepped in as the leader of the Institute for Sustained Performance, Energy, and Resilience, or SUPER, an HPC performance project that's part of DOE's SciDAC Program. Read More »

Ice Sheet Model Reveals Most Comprehensive Projections for West Antarctica’s Future

August 18, 2015

A new international study is the first to use a high-resolution, large-scale computer model to estimate how much ice the West Antarctic Ice Sheet could lose over the next couple of centuries, and how much that could add to sea-level rise. Read More »

CRD’s Buluç Receives 2015 IEEE TCSC Award for Excellence for Early Career Researchers

August 13, 2015

Aydin Buluç of the Computational Research Division has been named a recipient of the 2015 IEEE TCSC Award for Excellence for Early Career Researchers. Buluç is one of three recipients of this year’s award, which will be presented at the SC15 conference in November. Read More »

New Mathematics Advances the Frontier of Macromolecular Imaging

August 10, 2015

Berkeley Lab researchers have introduced new mathematical theory and an algorithm, which they call "Multi-tiered iterative phasing (M-TIP)," to solve the reconstruction problem from fluctuation X-ray scattering data. This approach is an important step in unlocking the door to new advances in biophysics and has the promise of ushering in new tools to help solve some of the most challenging problems in the life sciences. Read More »

CRD Hosts a Record Six CSGF Fellows

July 20, 2015

This year, Berkeley Lab’s CRD is hosting six fellows from the Department of Energy’s CSGF program.These fellows represent some of the nation’s brightest graduate students in computational science. Each student is pursing a doctoral degree in a field that uses supercomputing to solve complex science and engineering problems. Read More »

‘Data Deluge’ Pushes Mass Spectrometry Imaging to New Heights

July 15, 2015

Berkeley Lab researchers are combining mathematical theory and scalable algorithms with computational resources at NERSC to address growing data-management challenges in climate research, high-energy physics and the life sciences. Read More »

Project Jupyter gets $6M to expand collaborative data science software

July 7, 2015

Three foundations pledged $6M over the next three years to Project Jupyter, an open-source software project that supports scientific computing and data science across a wide range of programming languages via a large, public, open and inclusive community. Fernando Perez will lead the effort at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab. Read More »

David Donofrio to Lead Computer Architecture Group

June 25, 2015

David Donofrio—a veteran Computer Systems Engineer at Berkeley Lab—has been selected to lead the new Computer Architecture Group in the Computational Research Division (CRD). Read More »

First NESAP Post-doc Takes on BoxLib

June 22, 2015

Brian Friesen, the first of eight post-doctoral researchers participating in the NERSC Exascale Science Applications Program, is now working full time at NERSC. His mission is to work with CRD's CCSE to improve the effiiciency of BoxLib codes for new supercomputer architectures. Read More »

CCSE’s Juliane Mueller Optimizes Codes to Cut Computational Costs

June 17, 2015

Finding a way to keep computing expenses down while still getting the most science from the simulations is the specialty of Juliane Mueller, the 2014 Alvarez Fellow in Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division. She’s a member of the Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering, which develops algorithms to study complex problems ranging from combustion to supernovae.
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Meraculous: Deciphering the ‘Book of Life’ With Supercomputers

June 1, 2015

A team of scientists from Berkeley Lab, JGI and UC Berkeley, simplified and sped up genome assembly, reducing a months-long process to mere minutes. This was primarily achieved by “parallelizing” the code to harness the processing power of supercomputers. Read More »

Hunting Supernova with Supercomputers

May 20, 2015

Using a “roadmap” of theoretical calculations and supercomputer simulations performed at NERSC by Berkeley Lab’s Daniel Kasen, astronomers observed for the first time a flash of light caused by a supernova slamming into a nearby star, allowing them to determine the stellar system from which the supernova was born. This finding confirms one of two competing theories about the birth of Type Ia supernovae. Read More »

Researchers Learn to Control Graphene with Lasers

May 13, 2015

New numerical simulations by Berkeley Lab Alvarez Fellow Alexander Kemper and his colleagues at Stanford University reveal how the quantum properties of graphene can be manipulated at ultrafast timescales with femtosecond laser pulses. This work opens a new area of research, where scientists can tune and control material properties with optical laser pulses. Read More »

Chombo-Crunch Sinks Its Teeth into Fluid Dynamics

May 11, 2015

Berkeley Lab scientists are breaking new ground in the modeling of complex flows in energy and oil and gas applications, thanks to a computational fluid dynamics and transport code dubbed “Chombo-Crunch.” Read More »

Berkeley Researchers Honored for Contributions to Climate Data Analysis

May 11, 2015

Twelve Berkeley researchers are among the recipients of the 2015 Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer’s (FLC) Interagency Partnership Award. The team was honored for contributing a number of parallel analysis and visualization tools to the UV-CDAT, a powerful toolset that aids climate researchers in solving their most complex data analysis and visualization challenges. Read More »

CRD's Daniela Ushizima Receives DOE Early Career Award

May 6, 2015

Daniela Ushizima, a computational scientist in the Computational Research Division (CRD) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has received a 2015 Early Career Research Program award from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Read More »

CRD’s Patterson Honored for Technology That Enabled Personal Computing

May 1, 2015

Computational Research Division's (CRD) David Patterson was recognized for his participation in the seminal 1981 development of Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC), technology that revolutionized the way microprocessors function. The change would eventually enable personal workstations and later mobile computing. Read More »

Berkeley’s James Demmel Honored as an ACM Computing Innovator

April 14, 2015

James Demmel received the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM’s) Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award. Demmel was honored for his work on numerical linear algebra libraries, including LAPACK (Linear Algebra Package), a standard software library that forms part of the standard mathematical libraries for many vendors. Read More »

CRD’s Ann Almgren, Esmond Ng Named as 2015 SIAM Fellows

April 1, 2015

Ann Almgren and Esmond Ng of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Computational Research Division (CRD) are among the 2015 class of 31 mathematicians named as Fellows of SIAM, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Read More »

Peisert Compiles Workshop Report on Securing Scientific Computing Integrity

March 20, 2015

Sean Peisert of CRD’s Integrated Data Frameworks Group has published a report from a DOE workshop on ASCR Cybersecurity for Scientific Computing Integrity. Peisert co-chaired the workshop held Jan. 7-9 in Rockville, Md. Read More »

Daniela Ushizima: Reaching Out to Help Black Girls Code

March 19, 2015

Between her responsibilities as a staff scientist and, deputy lead for the Data Analytics and Visualization Group at Berkeley Lab and a data science fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science at UC Berkeley, it seems Daniela Ushizima would look forward to time away from computers and coding. But around once a month, she spends a full day working with young women teaching them about computers, coding, robotics and careers in STEM. Read More »

Organic Photovoltaics Experiments Showcase ‘Superfacility’ Concept

March 17, 2015

A collaborative effort linking the Advanced Light Source with supercomputing resources at Berkeley Lab--including NERSC, SPOT Suite and CAMERA--and Oak Ridge National Laboratory via ESnet is yielding exciting results in organic photovoltaics research that could transform the way researchers use these facilities and improve scientific productivity in the process. Read More »

Computing Sciences Staff Presenting at SIAM CSE15 Conference

March 11, 2015

Computing Sciences staff will be presenting some three dozen research talks and posters at the 2015 SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE15) being held March 14-18 in Salt Lake City. Read More »

Between Micro and Macro, Berkeley Lab Mathematicians Model Fluids at the Mesoscale

March 9, 2015

When it comes to boiling water—or the phenomenon of applying heat to a liquid until it transitions to a gas—is there anything left for today’s scientists to study? The surprising answer is, yes, quite a bit. Read More »

Now Available! New Software Catalog

February 9, 2015

Researchers in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division are renowned for developing and contributing to novel software packages for use in modeling and simulation, computer science and data science. Now, for the first time, all of these tools have been incorporated into a single catalog on the CRD website, where users can easily search and download what they need. Read More »

DOE Scientists Team up to Demonstrate Scientific Potential of Big Data Infrastructure

February 3, 2015

Over the past few months, groups of researchers supported by the Department of Energy have taken on the challenge to demonstrate new approaches for collecting, moving, sharing and analyzing massive scientific data sets in areas ranging understanding the makeup of our universe to designing new materials at the molecular scale. Read More »

CRD's Sean Peisert Guest Edits Special Issue of IEEE's Security and Privacy Magazine

January 30, 2015

CRD's Sean Peisert recently guest edited a special issue of IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine focusing on "Control Systems Security for the Energy Sector" featuring six-peer reviewed articles with authors from U.S. national labs, U.S. and international academic institutions, and industry. Read More »

Quest for Speed Leads CRD’s Ibrahim to Accelerating Supercomputing Applications

January 23, 2015

As a boy growing up in Egypt, Khaled Ibrahim was fascinated with learning about the things that were the fastest, strongest or biggest, whether it was a car, a horse or even a camel. His dream was to harness that speed. But going too fast was more scary than fun for him, so Ibrahim now pursues a different type of speed: specializing in performance tuning of scientific applications to accelerate their performance on supercomputers. Read More »