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CS Staff Win Honors at SC98 Conference

November 17, 1998

Andrew Canning, a member of NERSC's Scientific Computing Group, and collaborating scientists at Oak Ridge National Lab, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and University of Bristol (UK) were named winners of the 1998 Gordon Bell Prize for the best achievement in high-performance computing. The award was announced last Thursday near the end of SC98, an annual conference on high-performance computing and networking. The group's modeling of metallic magnet atoms was run on progressively more… Read More »

China Clipper Project Aims to Improve Human-Data Interactions

September 30, 1998

A newly funded computer research program  at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory could revolutionize the way scientific instruments, computers and humans work together to gather, analyze and use data. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, will build on efforts over the past 10 years to gather, store and make information available over computer networks. The program is called “China Clipper,” in reference to the 1930s commercial air service which spanned the Pacific Ocean… Read More »

Vern Paxson Honored for Best Paper at USENIC Security Symposium

February 6, 1998

Vern Paxson of the Network Research Group was honored for presenting the best paper at the 7th USENIX Security Symposium held January 26-29, 1998,  in San Antonio, Texas. In his paper entitled “Bro: A System for Detecting Network Intruders in Real-Time,” Vern described the stand-alone system he set up to monitor network traffic into the Lab as a means of stopping security breaches. Because of the sensitive nature of Internet security and the desire of security system providers to protect… Read More »

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Adaptive Mesh Refinement Algorithms Create Computational Microscope

January 26, 1998

Computer modeling algorithms which break large problems into small pieces, and then focus computing power on those areas of the most scientific interest are helping scientists better understand such everyday situations as running an internal combustion engine, flying in an airplane or predicting weather. The axiom that big problems are much easier to tackle when divided into much smaller tasks is espcially true when solving problems in fluid dynamics. Called adaptive mesh refinement capability,… Read More »

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A Flaw in the Law

January 26, 1998

Turbulence is a primal force that can be seen all around us, from the scudding of clouds to the frothing of the sea, from the wrinkling of flames to the swirling of leaves. It is especially important to the study of aerodynamics, in which correctly calculating the effects of turbulence can determine whether or not an airplane remains aloft. Since 1938, the standard equation presented in aerodynamics and engineering textbooks for calculating the forces exerted on a solid object by … Read More »