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January 2, 2014

CAMERA Pictures New Math for Experimental Science

Mathematics is the ultimate scientific tool. For centuries it has been used to describe the forces of nature, from planetary motion to fluid dynamics. It helped unlock the secrets of DNA and unleashed the digital revolution. Today, in the age of high-resolution detectors and international research collaborations, math again 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) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) comes in. This effort brings together applied mathematicians, computer scientists and experimental researchers to devise new models and algorithms for tomorrow’s scientific technologies. »Read more.

NERSC Gateways Pave Way for Team Science

For nearly a decade, computational scientists at the Department of Energy's National Energy Scientific Research Computing Center (NERSC) have been working with researchers around the globe to develop online tools that are changing the way they compute and collaborate at NERSC. The result is a growing body of "science gateways," web portals, scientists are using to discovering new materials, better understand matter and unlock the secrets of our universe. »Read more.

20th Century Reanalysis Project Featured in HPCWire Podcast

HPCwire.com recently interviewed long-time NERSC user Gil Campo about his 20th Century Reanalysis Project. 20CR, for short, relies heavily on NERSC for both computing and storage. The entire interview is about 20 minutes long, but if you want to skip to the good parts, Campo gives supercomputer Hopper a shout-out at around the 5 minute mark. At around the 18 minute mark, he acknowledges the crucial part NERSC's High Performance Storage System (HPSS) plays in the success of his project. Campo says he's been "pleasantly surprised" at HPSS's speed, adding that the real challenge to data movement isn't the tape-based system but the Internet. »Listen to the interview.

New to Human Resources: Sarah Marks

Sarah Marks is a new contract HR Assistant for Computing Sciences and IT. Sarah is a recent graduate of Southern Oregon University where she majored in Sociology and minors in Political Science, as well as Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. After graduating, she decided to explore the field of HR and was excited to take on this opportunity in the divisions. Sarah works part time and her hours are M-F 8:30-12:30pm. She is located in the front office of the HR Suite in 50B-4215. You may reach her via the HR Assistant Team email address at cshr@lbl.gov. (For a full list of HR contacts, please visit the HR staff page.) Please join us in welcoming Sarah to Berkeley Lab and Computing Sciences!

Link of the Week: Reproducible Science in the Modern Age

We teach school children that science is characterized by the ability to independently confirm results, but as more science is based on big data, produced by enormous, international collaborations on expensive, one-of-a-kind instruments, the research community is struggling with this key concept. In late January, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology convened a panel to discuss the subject. »Watch the January 31 Webcast.