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Calming Plasma's Stormy Seas

April 23, 2014 Tags: NERSC

Simulations run on NERSC's Edison system show how overcoming ion instabilities in hot plasma can boost a tokamak reactor’s energy output. Read More »


Berkeley Lab Scientists Host 12 Albany Students for Annual Job Shadow Day

April 18, 2014

Albany High School students pose with their Job Shadow Day mentors. For the sixth consecutive year, researchers across Berkeley Lab hosted 12 juniors from Albany High School in conjunction with the school’s annual Job Shadow Day. In advance of the event, students select areas of career interest and parent volunteers match them with mentors around the Bay Area. Rollin Thomas (right), Computational Cosmology Center, and Swechchha Parajuli, Albany High School student Ten of the students spent… Read More »


Clocking the Early Universe

April 17, 2014

Astronomers have made the most accurate calculation yet of the expansion rate of the young Universe with help from supercomputers at NERSC. Their findings could help uncover the nature of dark energy, the mysterious, repulsive force that pervades our universe causing it to expand at an accelerating rate. Read More »


To Bridge LEDs’ Green Gap, Scientists Think Small…Really Small

April 4, 2014

Nanostructures half the breadth of a DNA strand could improve the efficiency of light emitting diodes (LEDs), especially in the “green gap,” a portion of the spectrum where LED efficiency plunges, simulations at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have shown. Read More »


April 2014 - New Emploee Profiles

April 1, 2014

Introducing: Jonathan Rood, Cristina Poindexter and Kristopher Bouchard. Read More »


Human-induced climate change reduces chance of flooding in Okavango Delta

March 27, 2014 Tags: CRD, NERSC

Researchers at the University of Cape Town, Berkeley Lab and the United Nations Development Programme have analyzed how human-induced climate change has affected recent flooding in an ecologically and geographically unique river basin in southern Africa—the Okavango River. After running a number of simulations, they found that greenhouse gas emissions have substantially reduced the chance of the floods in the region. Read More »


Petascale Post-Doc Project a Supercomputing Success Story

March 25, 2014 Tags: NERSC

The first post-doctoral research project centered at NERSC is being credited with helping its participants advance their careers and boosting the state-of-the-art in high performance scientific computing software applications. Read More »

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A New Mathematics for Experimental Science

March 17, 2014 Tags: CRD

In the age of high-resolution detectors and international research collaborations, math has the potential to transform science and accelerate discovery. But this will require state-of-the-art math. That’s where the Center for Applied Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA) comes in. Read More »


Democratizing Science With High Speed Networks

March 17, 2014 Tags: Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)

For the first time, data collected and analyzed by a very remote user of National Center for Electron Microcopy (NCEM) via the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) has been published. As a result, many scientists are optimistic about the future of remote microscopy for DOE supported science. Read More »


A Conversation with Berkeley Lab’s ‘Pi Guy’: David Bailey

March 14, 2014 Tags: CRD, Outreach

In 1993 B.G. (before Google), when writers for The Simpsons needed the 40,000th decimal digit of π (pi) for a punch line in season four’s “Marge in Chains” episode, they turned to mathematician and computer scientist David Bailey who confirmed that the digit was 1. And his reputation as the “Pi Guy” was set. Read More »