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About Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences

Whether running quadrillions of calculations on a supercomputer or sharing, analyzing and visualizing massive datasets, scientists today rely on advances in computer science, applied mathematics and computational science, as well as high performance computing and networking facilities, to increase our understanding of ourselves, our planet, and our universe. Berkeley Lab's Computing Sciences organization researches, develops, and deploys new tools and technologies to meet these needs and to advance research in such areas as global climate change, new energy sources, increased energy efficiency, new materials, biology and astrophysics.

The Computing Sciences organization advances computational science throughout the Department of Energy's Office of Science research programs. Our greatest strength is our experienced staff. They specialize in solving scientific problems using their wide ranging expertise in computer hardware and software, computational science, applied mathematics, networking and middleware services.

Computing Sciences carries out its mission by operating two national user facilities — NERSC and ESnet — and by conducting applied research and development in computer science, computational science, and applied mathematics — the three essential elements of computational modeling and simulation.

Combining computer and network operations with research and development provides tangible benefits to both the scientists who use our systems and their research programs. Just as our R&D programs benefit science, the needs of scientists influence the direction of our research. These two sides of Computing Sciences' work — systems and services, and research and development — are more than complementary. Each enhances the quality of the other.

Computing Sciences comprises three divisions: the Computational Research Division (CRD), the National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center Division, and the Scientific Networking Division, which manages ESnet.

The Computing Sciences organization was created in 1996 and currently has about 350 employees. Most of the computational research and resources provided by Computing Sciences are funded by the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program in the DOE Office of Science.

Computing Sciences co-sponsors Berkeley CSE, a multidisciplinary research and education program in computational science and engineering. We also sponsor the Luis W. Alvarez Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational Science and participate in the DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship program. Our Summer Student Program gives university students an opportunity to gain relevant research experience while pursuing their degree. Our Diversity Task Force works to recruit women and minorities and encourages K–12 students to study and pursue a career in math and science.