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Exascale Hearing Testimony in Congress Highlights CS Research Accomplishments

January 29, 2015

Contact: Jon Bashor, 510-486-5849, jbashor@lbl.gov

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On January 28, the Energy Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology held a hearing on Supercomputing and American Technology Leadership. Among those giving testimony was Roscoe Giles, professor of computer science at Boston University and chairman of the Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee, which reports to DOE’s Office of Science.

In his testimony, Giles cited a number of scientific accomplishments made possible by supercomputers. His top three recent examples were all led by Berkeley Lab researchers. They include a new method developed under the DEGAS project to sequence the complex wheat genome, the first-ever confirmation, supported by NERSC and ESnet, that a Wolf-Rayet star died in a violent explosion known as a Type IIb supernova, and the finding that Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier’s fast retreat has reached a point of no return, based on simulations using BISICLES.

Giles also cited several other Berkeley Lab-supported accomplishments, including NERSC simulations for converting carbon dioxide into fuel and simulations using NERSC systems to develop thinner, more efficient solar cells. »Download Giles’ full testimony (PDF | 333KB).


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The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Computing Sciences organization provides the computing and networking resources and expertise critical to advancing the Department of Energy's research missions: developing new energy sources, improving energy efficiency, developing new materials and increasing our understanding of ourselves, our world and our universe.

ESnet, the Energy Sciences Network, provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at 40 DOE research sites to each other and to experimental facilities and supercomputing centers around the country. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) powers the discoveries of 6,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities, including those at Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division (CRD). CRD conducts research and development in mathematical modeling and simulation, algorithm design, data storage, management and analysis, computer system architecture and high-performance software implementation. NERSC and ESnet are DOE Office of Science User Facilities.

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