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Energy Department to Invest $16 Million in Computer Design of Materials

August 16, 2016

Two four-year projects—one team led by Berkeley Lab, the other team led by ORNL—will leverage the labs’ expertise in materials and superfast computing resources to develop software for designing fundamentally new functional materials destined to revolutionize applications in alternative and renewable energy, electronics, and a wide range of other fields. Read More »

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SHARP: A "Killer App" for Ptychography

August 10, 2016

A revolutionary x-ray imaging technique that combines diffraction and microscopy, has now been coupled with applied mathematics and supercomputing to quickly turn high-throughput "imaging by diffraction" datasets into the sharpest 3D images ever produced. Read More »


Toward Cost-Effective Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells

August 8, 2016

A research team running density functional theory calculations at Berkeley Lab's NERSC center has demonstrated how polymer electrolyte fuel cells—long favored for transportation applications—can be made to run more efficiently and produced more cost-effectively by reducing the amount of a single key ingredient: platinum. Read More »

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Summer Students Sum Up

August 4, 2016

Computing Sciences staff mentored a bumper crop of students this summer, producing a record number of posters outlining their summer's work. Read More »

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Supercomputers Help Identify Efficiency-Limiting Defects in LEDs

July 22, 2016

Using state-of-the-art theoretical methods and NERSC supercomputers, researchers from the University of California Santa Barbara have identified a class of point defects that act as sites for nonradiative recombination and can explain the observed reduction in efficiency of nitride-based light emitting diodes. Read More »

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New Training Videos Leverage ESnet’s Expertise to Improve Network Performance

July 18, 2016

The Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network, or ESnet, and the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) at the University of Oregon are teaming up to create an extensive video training library to help organizations improve the performance of their networks by deploying the perfSONAR network measurement tools and the Science DMZ network architecture for secure, high-speed data transfers at institutions such as universities. One of the first institutions to benefit from the project will… Read More »


DOE Awards 157 Million Supercomputing Hours to Four Berkeley Lab Researchers

July 15, 2016

Four Berkeley Lab researchers have been awarded a total of 157 million processor hours through the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2016 ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC). Read More »

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A Peek Inside the Earliest Moments of the Universe

July 6, 2016

Researchers from the NPLQCD Collaboration used lattice QCD calculations to better understand the big bang nucleosynthesis process, which occurred in the first few minutes following the Big Bang, and precisely measure the nuclear reaction rate that occurs when a neutron and proton form a deuteron. Read More »

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New Employee Profiles- July 2016

July 1, 2016

Introducing Rebecca Totzke and Abe Singer. Read More »

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Cryo-EM’s Renaissance

June 22, 2016

In a pair of breakthrough Nature papers published last month, researchers in Eva Nogales’ Lab at UC Berkeley mapped two important protein functions in unprecedented detail. And they used supercomputers at NERSC to process and analyze the data. Read More »