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Study Finds Earth's Radiative Forcing is Affected by Rising CO₂

February 25, 2015

Scientists have observed an increase in carbon dioxide’s (CO₂) greenhouse effect at the Earth’s surface for the first time. The researchers, led by scientists from Berkeley Lab, measured atmospheric CO₂’s increasing capacity to absorb thermal radiation emitted from the Earth’s surface over an 11-year period at two locations in North America. They attributed this upward trend to rising CO₂ levels from fossil fuel emissions. The influence of atmospheric CO₂ on the balance between… Read More »

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New Algorithm Enables Fast Simulations of Ultrafast Processes

February 20, 2015 Tags: NERSC

The algorithm opens the door for efficient real-time simulations of ultrafast processes and electron dynamics, such as excitation in photovoltaic materials and ultrafast demagnetization following an optical excitation. Read More »

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What Makes Clouds Grow and Die?

February 19, 2015

Big clouds get bigger while small clouds shrink may seem like a simple concept, but the mechanisms behind how clouds are born, grow and die are surprisingly complex. Using supercomputers at Berkeley Lab’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), researchers found that factors as small as how sizes of raindrops were represented in a computer model made a big difference in the accuracy of the results. Read More »

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Now Available! New Software Catalog

February 9, 2015 Tags: CRD

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, where users can easily search and download what they need. Read More »

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

February 3, 2015 Tags: CRD, Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), NERSC

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 »

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New Employee Profiles - February 2015

February 1, 2015 Tags: New Employees

Introducing Rebecca Hartman-Baker and Michael Dopheide. Read More »

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NERSC Seeks Industry Partners for Collaborative Research

January 30, 2015

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has launched a private sector partnership program to make its computing capabilities available to industry partners working in key technology areas. Read More »

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Exascale Hearing Testimony in Congress Highlights CS Research Accomplishments

January 29, 2015 Tags: CRD, NERSC, New Employees, Outreach

In testimony to the Energy Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology, a number of scientific accomplishments made possible by supercomputers were cited. In fact, the top three recent examples were all led by Berkeley Lab researchers. Read More »

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Pinpointing the Magnetic Moments of Nuclear Matter

January 20, 2015 Tags: Edison, NERSC

Using NERSC's Edison supercomputer, a team of nuclear physicists has made a key discovery in its quest to shed light on the structure and behavior of subatomic particles. Read More »

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Laser, Supercomputer Measure Speedy Electrons in Silicon

December 19, 2014

An international team of physicists and chemists at the University of California, Berkeley, has for the first time taken snapshots of electrons moving through Silicon using attosecond pulses of soft x-ray light lasting only a few billionths of a billionth of a second. They used NERSC supercomputers to help them understand what they were seeing. Read More »