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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 »

Computational Researchers Help Develop Next-Gen Batteries

December 18, 2012

As part of DOE's new Batteries and Energy Storage Hub, NERSC and CRD expertise will be leveraged to predict the properties of electrolytes. When JCESR is up and running, collaborators will be able to combine these results with the existing Materials Project database to get a complete scope of battery components. Read More »

Wes Bethel is ACM Distinguished Scientist

December 12, 2012

Wes Bethel, leader of the Visualization Group in the Computational Research Division, has been named an ACM Distinguished Scientist. Read More »

Novel Tools and a Pharmaceutical Screening Strategy to Capture CO2

December 6, 2012

One of the major challenges to using zeolites for CO2 capture is identifying the right porous structures to effectively do the job. But novel tools developed by Berkeley Lab computational researchers, combined with an informatics screening strategy inspired by the pharmaceutical industry, is making this search a lot easier. Read More »

John Shalf Named Chief Technology Officer for NERSC

December 5, 2012

John Shalf has been named the Chief Technology Officer of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Shalf will also continue to serve in his current role as head of the Computer and Data Sciences Department in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division (CRD). Read More »

Climate Change Study Strengthens Link to Human Activities

November 29, 2012

New research shows some of the clearest evidence yet of a discernible human influence on atmospheric temperature. Read More »

Modeling the Breaking Points of Metallic Glasses

November 26, 2012

Christopher Rycroft of Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division has developed some novel computational techniques to address why metallic glass alloys, or liquid metals, have such wildly different toughness and breaking points, depending on how they are made. Read More »

CRD and Berkeley Lab Staff Speak at Albany High School's Career Day

November 14, 2012

Dan Martin and Peter Nugent of Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division, were among a group of 40 speakers who discussed their work and career paths at Albany High School's annual Career Day on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Read More »

Visualizing Oil Dispersion

October 31, 2012

Using visualization software developed for the fusion energy research community by computer scientists at Berkeley Lab, oceanographers found that they needed to factor in the interactions between deep, middle and surface ocean currents to successfully track pollutant dispersion in the Gulf of Mexico. Read More »

Department of Energy's Investment Ensures AmeriFlux Data for All

October 31, 2012

Twenty years ago, researchers began installing sensors in a variety of ecosystems to study how carbon dioxide cycles through the environment. Today, these sensors have been deployed at 120 locations across the Americas. Because the Department of Energy recognizes that these datasets could benefit a variety of scientific communities, it is funding an effort to make this data accessible to a wide-range of researchers. Read More »

CRD’s Sean Peisert Shares Cyber Security Expertise at I3P Meeting

October 26, 2012

Sean Peisert, a research scientist in Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division, recently gave a presentation talk at the 10th Anniversary of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P), held Oct. 10 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Peisert discussed the impact of I3P,s a consortium of leading universities, national laboratories and nonprofit institutions dedicated to strengthening the cyber infrastructure of the United States. Read More »

State Department’s TechWomen 2012 Visit Berkeley Lab

October 2, 2012

Berkeley Lab researchers in the Computational Research, Physics and Physical Biosciences Divisions also hosted three TechWomen—from Algeria, Lebanon and Tunisia—during the month of September. Launched by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2011, TechWomen is an international exchange that uses technology as a means to empower women and girls in the Middle East and North Africa. Read More »

Berkeley Lab Helps Develop Software for Exascale Supercomputers

September 28, 2012

Expected to become available by the end of this decade, exascale supercomputers will be 1,000 times faster than today’s petascale machines. To address the challenge of developing a software stack for exascale systems, the U.S. Department of Energy is funding a number of research efforts under the X-Stack program. Computer scientists in the Computing Sciences organization at Berkeley Lab will contribute their expertise to three X-Stack projects. Read More »