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Weathering the Flood of Big Data in Climate Research

July 11, 2014

CRD researcher Prabhat, working with ESnet's Eli Dart, took on Big Data, accessing 56 TB of climate data from sites around the world, then using supercomputers at NERSC and Argonne National Lab to assess the ability of climate models to predict extra-tropical cyclones. Read More »

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Hot Plasma Partial to ‘Bootstrap’ Current

July 9, 2014

Supercomputers at NERSC are helping plasma physicists “bootstrap” a potentially more affordable and sustainable fusion reaction. Read More »

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'Erratic' Lasers Pave Way for Tabletop Accelerators

June 30, 2014

Making a tabletop particle accelerator just got easier. A new study by researchers from Berkeley Lab shows that certain requirements to build an emerging type of small-area particle accelerator can be significantly relaxed. Read More »

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‘Thirsty’ Metals Key to Longer Battery Lifetimes

June 30, 2014

Replacing lithium with other metals with multiple charges could greatly increase battery capacity. But first researchers need to understand how to keep multiply charged ions—ions that have gained or lost more than one electron—stable. Read More »

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Vern Paxson Honored with 2015 IEEE Internet Award

June 27, 2014

Vern Paxson, a faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab and a professor at UC Berkeley, is a co-recipient of the 2015 IEEE Internet Award for exceptional contributions to the advancement of Internet technology. Read More »

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Berkeley Lab, Intel to Collaborate in Updating Scientific Codes for Manycore Architectures

June 18, 2014

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been named an Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC), a collaboration with Intel aimed at adapting existing scientific applications to run on future supercomputers built with manycore processors. Such supercomputers will have millions of processor cores, but today’s applications aren’t designed to take advantage of this architecture. Most scientific applications, such as those used to study climate change, combustion, astrophysics, materials, etc.,… Read More »

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Chuck McParland to Retire after 41 Years of Advancing Scientific Data Collection

June 11, 2014

Ever since he built a radio telescope in his backyard as a kid in Chicago, Chuck McParland’s interest in science and technology has taken his work to the ends of the Earth and the depths of space. But after four decades and a year at UC Berkeley and then Berkeley Lab, McParland is now looking to retire. Read More »

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Farming: A Climate Change Culprit

June 7, 2014

Increased agricultural activity is a rain taker, not a rain maker, according to computer simulations of African monsoon precipitation run by researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the University of California Los Angeles and the University of Texas. Using supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) and Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, the research team fed observed land-use change data into a climate… Read More »

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Arie Shoshani Retiring After 38 Years Managing Big and Bigger Data

June 6, 2014

Over the course of his career, Arie Shoshani he has become an internationally recognized expert on creating, organizing and sharing scientific datasets. In August 2013, Shoshani's contributions to the scientific community were recognized with the Berkeley Lab Prize for Lifetime Scientific Achievement. Read More »

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Peter Nugent Appointed CRD Deputy for Scientific Engagement

June 4, 2014

Peter Nugent has been appointed Deputy for Scientific Engagement in Berkeley Lab’s CRD. In his new role, Nugent will work with CRD and Computing Sciences leadership to develop and implement a strategy for engaging with other Berkeley Lab scientific divisions in need of computational solutions for data-intensive science projects. He will also act as a facilitator for these inter-divisional collaborations. Read More »