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Supernova Researcher Rollin Thomas Named a Luis Alvarez Fellow

October 22, 2007

Moving into a new dig — a larger and airy space with a window — represents a fresh start for Rollin Thomas, a new CRD researcher who will spend the next several years analyzing the physics of exploding stars. Read More »


George Pau Joins CCSE as Alvarez Fellow

August 14, 2007

It was his love for math and engineering — and a determination to pursue a better education — that prompted George Pau to leave Malaysia four years ago for the United States. That same drive for promising opportunities brought him to Berkeley Lab in July 2007 as the new Luis W. Alvarez Fellow in Computational Science. Read More »


Scientists Compute Death Throes of White Dwarf Star in 3D

March 22, 2007

University of Chicago scientists demonstrated how to incinerate a white dwarf star in unprecedented detail at the “Paths to Exploding Stars” conference on March 22, 2007, in Santa Barbara, Calif. Read More »


Lab Team Helping Smooth Flow of Water Data

March 16, 2007

A collaboration among Microsoft, Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley is underway to make it easier for researchers to access and analyze collected data on water, with the goal of accelerating research in the increasingly important areas of water supply and climate change. Read More »


Star-Gazing Across an Ocean: the Keck Remote Observing Facility

March 16, 2007

Hawaii, Feb. 21, 3:30 in the morning: Nao Suzuki and Rahman Amanullah, two Berkeley Lab postdocs, are chasing supernovae, using one of the twin Keck telescopes on Mauna Kea. An observing assistant (OA) occasionally dashes out of the control room into the frigid air, 4,205 meters above sea level, to guess at the changing weather. Read More »

Berkeley Lab Researchers Analyze Performance, Potential of Cell Processor

March 15, 2007

Though it was designed as the heart of the upcoming Sony PlayStation3 game console, the STI Cell processor has created quite a stir in the computational science community, where the processor’s potential as a building block for high performance computers has been widely discussed and speculated upon. To evaluate Cell’s potential, computer scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory evaluated the processor’s performance in running several… Read More »


Evaluating Application Performance on Big Iron

March 8, 2007

Four years ago, a group of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory began to undertake what would become one of the most comprehensive performance evaluations of supercomputers. The project, led by Lenny Oliker at Berkeley Lab, has produced findings that not only illustrated the strengths and weaknesses of various high-performance computing architectures, but also pinpointed bottlenecks in scaling applications for petascale computing down the road. Read More »

Confronting Parallelism: The View from Berkeley

February 15, 2007

To explore the important new paper on the challenges of parallelism, "The View from Berkeley," HPCwire talked with NERSC computer scientist John Shalf and David Patterson, professor of computer science at UC-Berkeley. Shalf and Patterson are among the co-authors of "The View from Berkeley." Read More »

JGI and BDMTC Upgrade IMG/M, the Metagenomics Data Management and Analysis SystemNew ArticlePage

January 22, 2007

WALNUT CREEK, CA—On the one-year anniversary of the launch of the experimental metagenome data management and analysis system, IMG/M, the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI) has released the latest upgrade. IMG/M, accessible to the public at http://img.jgi.doe.gov/m, is the result of a collaboration between the DOE JGI and Berkeley Lab’s Biological Data Management and Technology Center (BDMTC). Read More »

Cray Delivers First Third of the Franklin XT4 System to NERSC

January 16, 2007

On Tuesday, January 16, 2007, NERSC received the first installment of its new Cray XT4 supercomputer. Although a test system had been delivered the previous fall, the delivery of 36 cabinets (including 3,336 computational dual core nodes) marks the start of the installation of the full system, which is expected to go into production this summer. Read More »