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Lab Hosts Upward Bound Students

January 17, 2019

Group of students in front of supercomputer.

Yuba Colleges students and chaperones wrap up their tour of the machine room with a group shot with Cori.

Students from the Yuba College Upward Bound program visited Berkeley Lab on Friday, January 11, where they learned about high-performance computing and networking, then toured the NERSC machine room and the Advanced Light Source.

In all, 28 students and chaperones participated in the visit, which was hosted by the lab's Federal and Community Relations Office. Upward Bound is a federally funded educational program that provides disadvantaged high school and college students with tools and resources to help them successfully complete a post-secondary education. Many of the program's students are the first in their families to attend college.

During their visit to Computing Sciences, Debbie Bard of NERSC gave the group an overview of supercomputers and scientific computing. This was followed by a tour of the machine room, with groups led by Kristy Kallback-Rose and David Skinner of NERSC and Jon Bashor of CS communications.

Skinner Yuba

NERSC's David Skinner leads Yuba College students as they get a close-up view of the Cori supercomputer.

Kristy Yuba

Kristy Kallback-Rose of NERSC describes NERSC's automated tape library to students from Yuba College.

About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

The Computing Sciences Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory(Berkeley Lab) provides the computing and networking resources and expertise critical to advancing Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) research missions: developing new energy sources, improving energy efficiency, developing new materials, and increasing our understanding of ourselves, our world, and our universe. ESnet, the Energy Sciences Network, provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at 40 DOE research sites to each other and to experimental facilities and supercomputing centers around the country. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) powers the discoveries of 7,000-plus scientists at national laboratories and universities. NERSC and ESnet are both Department of Energy Office of Science National User Facilities. The Computational Research Division (CRD) conducts research and development in mathematical modeling and simulation, algorithm design, data storage, management and analysis, computer system architecture and high-performance software implementation.

Berkeley Lab addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the DOE’s Office of Science. The DOE Office of Science is the United States' single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.