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Berkeley Lab's FastBit Dramatically Speeds Up Searches of Large Databases

May 11, 2005

In the world of physics, one of the most elusive events is the creation and detection of “quark-gluon plasma,” the theorized atomic outcome of the “Big Bang” which could provide insight into the origins of the universe. By using experiments that involve millions of particle collisions, researchers hope to find unambiguous evidence of quark-gluon plasma. Scientists describe such a collision with unambiguous evidence as a “rare event,” which may be an understatement. For example, out… Read More »

NetLogger Helps Supernova Factory Improve Data Analysis

May 1, 2005

The Nearby Supernova Factory (SNfactory) project, established at Berkeley Lab in 2002, aims to dramatically increase the discovery of nearby Type 1a supernovae by applying assembly-line efficiencies to the collection, analysis and retrieval of large amounts of astronomical data. To date, the program has resulted in the discovery of about 150 Type 1a supernovae – about three times the entire number reported before the project was started. Type Ia supernovae are important celestial… Read More »

DSD Staff to Figure Prominently at HPDC 14

May 1, 2005

When the Fourteenth IEEE International Symposium on High-Performance Distributed Computing convenes in July, Berkeley Lab’s Distributed Systems Department (DSD) will have a strong presence. Not only are two of the papers and one of the posters from LBNL, but Deb Agarwal and Mary Thompson are also members of the program committee. Co-sponsored by IEEE and ACM, HPDC-14 will be held July 24-27 in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The 14th annual meeting of the High Performance… Read More »

Center’s Microbial Data Management System to be Featured at Conference

May 1, 2005

The Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) System developed by CRD’s Biological Data Management and Technology Center (BDMTC) will be a featured demonstration at the 13th annual international conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology. The conference, sponsored by the International Society for Computational Biology, will be held June 25-29 in Detroit. Biological Data Management and Technology Center Marks First Year The Biological Data Management and Technology Center… Read More »

SciDAC Meeting to Showcase LBNL’s Leadership in Projects

May 1, 2005

Since DOE launched its Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program in 2001, scientists at Berkeley Lab have led a number of the projects and provided strong support for many others. When the annual SciDAC meeting is held June 26–30 in San Francisco, LBNL’s con- tributions to the success of the program will be highlighted via invited talks, panel dis- cussions and poster presentations. Here is a rundown of Berkeley Lab contributions to the meeting program. Read More »


LBNL Team Takes Software to the End of the Earth

April 6, 2005

Developing robust, reliable data acquisition software for high-energy physics experiments is always a challenge, but developing such software for an experiment expected to run for up to 15 years while buried in the Antarctic ice poses unique problems. But a team led by Chuck McParland of CRD’s Distributed Scientific Tools Group has risen to the occasion. The first kilometer-long string of 60 detectors recently buried near the South Pole is already recording light pulses as the experiment… Read More »

Berkeley Lab Researchers Lead Parallel Computing Research Center at UC Berkeley

March 18, 2005

Computing sciences researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are part of a team leading a new research center in a partnership with Intel and Microsoft to accelerate developments in parallel computing and advance the powerful benefits of multicore processing to mainstream consumer and business computers. Read More »

CRD’s Juan Meza Named to National Research Council Panel

March 1, 2005

Juan Meza, head of the High Performance Computing Research Department in CRD, has been appointed as a member of the National Research Council Panel I: Modeling and Simulation, Systems Engineering, and Cost and Risk Analysis, one of 10 panels to review NASA's Capability Roadmaps. The panel will be chaired by Dr. Nancy Leveson, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The National Research Council is part of the National Academies of Sciences. Read More »

Biological Data Management and Technology Center Marks First Year

March 1, 2005

The Biological Data Management and Technology Center (BDMTC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory marked its first anniversary with the release of the Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) system, a complex biological data management system BDMTC developed in collaboration with the Microbial Genome Analysis Program (MGAP) at the Joint Genome Institute (JGI). As a community resource, IMG integrates JGI’s microbial genome data with publicly available microbial genome data, providing a… Read More »

News About the ACTS Collection

January 1, 2005

In conjunction with demonstrations at the SC2004 conference last November, Osni Marques and Tony Drummond of CRD’s Scientific Computing Group created a matrix of applications that use ACTS tools. Marques and Drummond provide support for the DOE ACTS (Advanced CompuTational Software) Collection, a set of software tools developed by DOE, sometimes in collaboration with other agencies (DARPA, NSF), that make it easier for programmers to write high performance scientific applications… Read More »