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The Rise and Fall of Core-Collapse Supernovae

July 2, 2015 Tags: Edison, NERSC

Few events in the cosmos are as powerful as the explosion of a massive star in a supernova. For several weeks, the brightness of that single event can rival that of an entire galaxy. As a result, supernovae of various types are often used as "standard candles" in determining the size and expansion rate of a universe powered by dark energy. Despite decades of research, however, understanding the explosion mechanisms of supernovae remains among the great challenges of astrophysics—in… Read More »


Intel’s Genevieve Bell to Give CS Distinguished Lecture

June 30, 2015

Dr. Genevieve Bell of Intel will be the July 17 speaker for the CS Distinguished Lecture series. Dr. Genevieve Bell, a noted anthropologist and Intel Fellow in the Corporate Strategy Office at Intel, will be the next speaker in the Computing Sciences Distinguished Lecture Series. Bell will give her talk at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 17, in the Bldg. 50 Auditorium. At Intel, Bell leads an R&D team of social scientists, interaction designers and human factors engineers to drive consumer-centric… Read More »


David Donofrio to Lead Computer Architecture Group

June 25, 2015 Tags: CRD

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 at NERSC Takes on BoxLib

June 22, 2015

The first of eight post-doctoral researchers participating in the NERSC Exascale Science Applications Program (NESAP) is now working full time at NERSC. Read More »


NERSC, CRD Staff Win Best Paper Award at FTXS Workshop

June 16, 2015

Brian Austin of NERSC and Eric Roman and Xiaoye “Sherry” Li of the Computational Research Division won the Best Paper Award for “Resilient Matrix Multiplication of Hierarchical Semi-Separable Matrices” at the Fault Tolerance for HPC at eXtreme Scale (FTXS) Workshop. FTXS is held June 15-19 in Portland, Ore., as part of the 24th International ACM Symposium on High Performance Distributed Computing. The award included a prize of a new Playstation 4, which Austin donated to runner-up… Read More »

Quantum Dot Nanocluster

What the Blank Makes Quantum Dots Blink?

June 15, 2015

Quantum dots promise an astounding range of applications, if scientists can conquer their annoying habit of blinking. Researchers computing at NERSC recently ran simulations that offer new insights into the problem. Read More »


Spiraling Laser Pulses Could Change Nature of Graphene

June 8, 2015

A new study that involved large-scale simulations run at NERSC predicts that researchers could use spiraling pulses of laser light to change the nature of graphene, turning it from a metal into an insulator and giving it other peculiar properties that might be used to encode information. Read More »


Meraculous: Deciphering the ‘Book of Life’ With Supercomputers

June 1, 2015 Tags: CRD, NERSC

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, such as NERSC’s Edison system. Read More »


New Employee Profiles - June2015

June 1, 2015 Tags: New Employees

Introducing Goran Pejovic, Amartya Banerjee and Colleen Heinemann. Read More »


Supernova Hunting with Supercomputers

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 »