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RISC daddy conjures Moore's Lawless parallel universe

November 26, 2008

The oft-cited Moore's Law is the fulcrum of the IT industry in that it has provided the means of giving us ever-faster and more sophisticated computing technology over the decades. This in turn allowed the IT industry to convince us that every one, two, or three years, we need new operating systems, better performance, and new and more complex applications. But ask yourself this: What happens to the IT industry if the performance improvements stop? Read More »

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Berkeley Lab Team Wins Special ACM Gordon Bell Prize for Algorithm Innovation

November 24, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas — A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has won a prestigious Gordon Bell Prize, sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), for special achievement in high performance computing for their research into the energy harnessing potential of nanostructures. Their method, which was used to predict the efficiency of a new solar cell material, achieved impressive performance and scalability. Read More »

Networking Leaders Announce Initiative to Develop 100 GbE Services

November 18, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas — Internet2, ESnet, Infinera, Juniper Networks and Level 3 Communications today at the annual SC08 conference announced they have agreed to work together to aggressively develop and test emerging 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) technologies. The initiative will build on fresh-from-the-laboratory technologies to create a 100 GbE testbed on the Internet2 and ESnet networks with an operational network capability soon thereafter. Read More »

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ESnet Completes Construction of Dynamic Science Data Network for Researchers

November 17, 2008

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Science Network (ESnet) has just completed hardware installations for the nation’s first dynamic circuit network dedicated solely to scientific research, called the Science Data Network (SDN). Read More »

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CRD Method for Understanding Nanostructures Is a Gordon Bell Finalist

November 6, 2008

The key to energy independence from petroleum, coal and other fossil fuels, could be tiny materials called nanostructures. At approximately 100,000 times finer than human hair, these structures may be microscopic individually, but in groups of thousands, they could revolutionize solar cell design by providing a cost-efficient resource for harvesting solar-energy. Read More »

LBNL Researchers Contribute to All Aspects of SC08 Conference

November 5, 2008

Researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are making significant contributions to the SC08 Conference Technical Program, contributing four technical papers and one research poster, organizing two workshops, participating in two panel discussions, and hosting or co-hosting six birds-of-a-feather sessions (BoFs). SC08, the international conference on high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, will be held Nov. 15–21 in Austin, Texas. Additionally, UC Berkeley… Read More »

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Science Studio: Juan Meza Discusses Computational Mathematics in KTEP Radio Interview

November 3, 2008

Juan Meza, head of Berkeley Lab's High Performance Computing Research Department, was interviewed on the radio program “Science Studio” on El Paso NPR station KTEP on November 2, 2008. In the interview, Meza talks about how the field of computational mathematics helps solve problems encountered with silicon wafers, protein folding, and countless more. He also talks about the stigma of the “geek” factor in mathematics. Read More »

Princeton Has New High-Speed Connection to ESnet’s Dynamic ESnet4 Network

October 24, 2008

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) just improved its Internet connections to several institutions on Princeton University’s Forrestal Campus, including the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), the High Energy Physics (HEP) Group within the Physics Department at Princeton University, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). Read More »

Video Explains How ESnet Supports Large Hadron Collider

October 20, 2008

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a new particle accelerator at CERN in Switzerland, provides a massive facility for physicists around the world to investigate the origins of the universe. The world’s largest scientific research project is expected to produce roughly 15 petabytes (15 million gigabytes) of data annually for analysis. Read More »

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After the First Decade of Metagenomics, Adolescent Growth Spurt Anticipated

September 29, 2008

WALNUT CREEK, CA—Mostly hidden from the scrutiny of the naked eye, microbes have been said to run the world. The challenge is how best to characterize them given that less than one percent of the estimated hundreds of millions of microbial species can be cultured in the laboratory. The answer is metagenomics—an increasingly popular approach for extracting the genomes of uncultured microorganisms and discerning their specific metabolic capabilities directly from environmental samples. Now, some ten years after the term was coined, metagenomics is going mainstream and already paying provocative dividends according to a “Q&A,” News and Views by the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI) microbial ecology program head Philip Hugenholtz and MIT researcher Gene Tyson, published in the September 25, 2008 edition of the journal Nature. Read More »