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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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‘Thirsty’ Metals Key to Increasing 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 Tags: CRD, Employees

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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Arie Shoshani Retiring After 38 Years Managing Big and Bigger Data

June 6, 2014 Tags: Employees

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 Tags: CRD, Outreach

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 »

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Multidimensional Image Processing and Analysis in R

May 29, 2014 Tags: CRD, NERSC

An esoteric, open-source programming language—called R—could pave the way for open science. Thousands of scientists are participating in the R development community, including CRD's Talita Perciano. As a student, she contributed one of the first image-processing tools—called R Image Processing Analysis (RIPA)—to the community. Now with big science datasets in mind, she’s updated the existing tool with improved features for complex data analysis. Read More »

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Confirmed: Stellar Behemoth Self-Destructs in Type IIb Supernova

For the first time ever, astronomers have direct confirmation that a Wolf-Rayet star—sitting 360 million light years away in the Bootes constellation—died in a violent explosion known as a Type IIb supernova. Using the iPTF pipeline, researchers caught supernova SN 2013cu within hours of its explosion. These observations are providing valuable insights into the life and death of the progenitor Wolf-Rayet. These stars are interesting because they enrich galaxies with the heavy chemical elements that eventually become the building blocks for planets and life. Read More »

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Berkeley Lab Climate Scientist: More Extreme Heat and Drought in Coming Decades

May 6, 2014 Tags: CRD

By the end of this century climate change will result in more frequent and more extreme heat, more drought, and fewer extremes in cold weather in the United States. Average high temperatures could climb as much as 10 or more degrees Fahrenheit in some parts of the country. These are some of the projections made by Berkeley Lab climate scientist Michael Wehner and his co-authors on the National Climate Assessment (NCA). Read More »