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A Fresh Math Perspective Opens New Possibilities for Computational Chemistry

May 19, 2017

A new mathematical “shortcut” developed by Berkeley Lab researchers is speeding up molecular absorption calculations by a factor of five, so simulations that used to take 10 to 15 hours to compute can now be done in approximately 2.5 hours. These algorithms will be incorporated in an upcoming release of the widely used NWChem computational chemistry software suite later this year. Read More »

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HPC4Mfg Paper Manufacturing Project Yields First Results

May 15, 2017

Simulations run at NERSC as part of a unique collaboration comprising Berkeley Lab, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and an industry consortium could help U.S. paper manufacturers significantly reduce production costs and increase energy efficiencies. Read More »

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Roofline Model Boosts Manycore Code Optimization Efforts

May 1, 2017

A software toolkit developed in Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division to better understand supercomputer performance is now being used to boost application performance for researchers running codes at NERSC and other supercomputing facilities. Read More »

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New Employee Profiles - May 2017

May 1, 2017

Introducing Gonzalo P. Rodrigo Álvarez and Sartaj Baveja. Read More »

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Kennedy High School Students Spend ‘Amazing’ Day Learning about Berkeley Lab Computing

April 27, 2017

Twenty students and three faculty members from Kennedy High School in Richmond spent the morning of April 26 looking, listening and learning about the breadth of computing at Berkeley Lab, from desktop machines to supercomputers. The students are enrolled in the high school’s IT Academy, which includes classes on computer design, networking and web design, and integrates those subjects with classes in English, history and science. “It was amazing,” said Jaime, a junior, of the tour of the… Read More »

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Recognition Software Drives Matches across Multiple Science Domains

April 24, 2017

The world is awash in images. Current estimates are that there were 2.1 billion smart phone users in mid-2016, up by half a billion since mid-2014, and they are generating a tremendous number of photos. In a perfect world, no one would store a photo without carefully annotating the place, time, and content next to the image. Of course, most of us are too busy grabbing new images to carefully curate the existing ones. The same is often true for scientists at work, who collect images without… Read More »

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Rare Supernova Discovery Ushers in New Era for Cosmology

April 20, 2017

Using an automated supernova-hunting pipeline based at NERSC, astronomers have captured multiple images of a gravitationally lensed Type Ia supernova. This detection is currently the only one of its kind, but astronomers believe that if they can find more, they may be able to measure the rate of the universe’s expansion within four percent accuracy. Fortunately, two Berkeley Lab researchers have a method for identifying more of these events using existing wide-field surveys. Read More »

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Computing Science's Kathy Yelick Among New Fellows Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 12, 2017

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced today the election of 228 members, including Berkeley Lab's Associate Director of Computing Sciences Kathy Yelick. Read More »

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Shyh Wang Hall Achieves LEED Gold Certification

March 29, 2017

Berkeley Lab’s Shyh Wang Hall (Bldg. 59) is being commended for its environmental and energy-efficient design after earning a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Read More »

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Women’s History Month: Computing Sciences Trailblazers

March 24, 2017

March is Women’s History Month, and the theme for 2017 is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” So we reached out to some “trailblazers” in Berkeley Lab’s Computing Sciences organization to find out what motivated them to go into this field, what challenges they have encountered along the way and what they consider to be their proudest achievements. Read More »