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Above the Clouds: A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing

February 12, 2009

Hoping to emulate the influence of the report “The Landscape of Parallel Computing Research: A View From Berkeley” from the University of California Berkeley Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) Department’s Parallel Computing Laboratory (Par Lab), a group of a dozen faculty and grad students in the EECS Reliable Adaptive Distributed Systems Laboratory (RAD Lab) spent six months brainstorming about the impact and future directions of “cloud computing.” David Patterson, who has a joint appointment as a researcher in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Computational Research Division, was one of the leaders of both projects. Read More »

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New Tools Mobilize Local Data to Study Global Environmental Issues

February 4, 2009

As they strive to develop effective strategies for guarding water supplies, protecting endangered species and curbing greenhouse gases, environmental scientists are turning to innovative cyber-infrastructures and data-mining tools developed by an ongoing collaboration between researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Microsoft Research, and the University of California, Berkeley. Read More »

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Method enables bigger models of minuscule molecular systems

January 9, 2009

Imagine that the only way to appreciate the beauty of a Ming vase was to shatter it into a thousand pieces, examine the shape and color of each piece, then glue it back together – here’s the hard part – so it’s impossible to detect the seams. Read More »