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Petascale Post-Doc Project a Supercomputing Success Story

March 25, 2014

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 »

A New Mathematics for Experimental Science

March 17, 2014

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

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

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 »

Science Gateways Pave Way for ‘Team Science’

March 12, 2014

Computational scientists at NERSC work with researchers around the globe to develop online tools that are changing the way they compute and collaborate. Read More »

New Employee Profiles - March 2014

March 1, 2014

Introducing: Ariful Azad and Antony Courtney Read More »

Simulations Shed Light on Pine Island Glacier’s Stability

February 28, 2014

The rapid retreat of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier has perhaps reached a point of no return, say three international modeling teams who ran a number of simulations to model the glacier’s behavior. To do this work, they relied on three different ice-flow models including BISICLES, which was developed by a collaboration that included Berkeley Lab computational scientists. Read More »

Disordered materials hold promise for better batteries

February 21, 2014

A lot of research is being done to facilitate the use of lithium batteries in electronic devices. Using supercomputers at NERSC, researchers have found a new avenue for such research: the use of disordered materials, which had generally been considered unsuitable for batteries. Read More »

The Great Light Sources of Europe

February 21, 2014

Last month, David Brown and Craig Tull of the Computational Research Division (CRD) and Alex Hexemer of the Advanced Light Source went on a 10-day tour of Europe's light sources. Their stops included, Garching, Karlsruhe, Villigen, Hamburg and Oxford. Read More »

Decoding the Molecular Mysteries of Photosynthesis

February 14, 2014

At first glance, photosynthesis seems elegant in its simplicity. Only three elements – light, water and carbon dioxide (CO2) – are needed for plants and other organisms to convert light into chemical energy, all in a matter of minutes. But upon closer inspection, the process is much more complicated. How, for example, does the plant know how much sunlight, water or CO2 it needs at any given point in time? And what if the system breaks – how does the plant repair it? Scientists are… Read More »