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NERSC Helps Researchers Discover a Potential On-Off Switch for Nanoelectronics

December 22, 2009

Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (Berkeley Lab) Molecular Foundry and Columbia University found that electrical resistance through a molecular junction—a nanometer scale circuit element consisting of a single molecule contacted with gold wires—can be turned on and off by simply pushing and pulling the junction. Experts believe that this newly demonstrated molecular-scale control could be leveraged for future nanoscale electronic devices. Read More »

Workshop Focuses on Use of Manycore and Accelerator-Based Computing for Advancing Science

December 22, 2009

Online, at conferences and in theory, manycore processors and the use of accelerators such as GPUs and FPGAs are being viewed as the next big revolution in high performance computing (HPC). If they can live up to the potential, these accelerators could someday transform how computational science is performed, providing much more computing power and energy efficiency. Read More »


StarGate Demo at SC09 Shows How to Keep Astrophysics Data Out of Archival "Black Holes"

December 20, 2009

PORTLAND, Ore.—As both an astrophysicist and director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), Mike Norman understands two common perspectives on archiving massive scientific datasets. During a live demonstration at the SC09 conference of streaming data simulating cosmic structures of the early universe, Norman said that some center directors view their data archives as "black holes," where a wealth of data accumulates and needs to be protected. Read More »


Berkeley Lab's Juan Meza Elected Fellow of AAAS

December 16, 2009

Juan Meza of the Computational Research Division is one of five researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory elected as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Meza was cited "for exemplary service to the federal energy laboratories and professional societies in enhancing research and research participation." Read More »


A Superbright Supernova That’s the First of Its Kind

December 2, 2009

Berkeley, CA – An extraordinarily bright, extraordinarily long-lasting supernova named SN 2007bi, snagged in a search by a robotic telescope, turns out to be the first example of the kind of stars that first populated the Universe. The superbright supernova occurred in a nearby dwarf galaxy, a kind of galaxy that’s common but has been little studied until now, and the unusual supernova could be the first of many such events soon to be discovered. Read More »


SDSC, UC San Diego, LBNL Team Wins SC09 'Storage Challenge' Award

November 25, 2009

A research team from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego and the University of California's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has won the Storage Challenge competition at SC09, the leading international conference on high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis held Nov. 14-20 in Portland, Oregon. Read More »


First Full-Scale Simulation of Cat-Size Cortex is a Gordon Bell Prize Winner

November 19, 2009

Portland, Oregon— A team of researchers from the IBM Almaden Research Center and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory won the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize in the special category for their development of innovative techniques that produce new levels of performance on a real application. This year's prize winners were announced Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 at the awards session of the SC09 conference in Portland. The ACM Gordon Bell Prize annually recognizes the best performance of scientific applications on supercomputers. Read More »

New Consortium to Tackle Challenge of Adapting Scientific Applications to Hybrid Multicore Systems

November 18, 2009

PORTLAND, Oregon—While hybrid multicore technologies will be a critical component in future high-end computing systems, most of today's scientific applications will require a significant re-engineering effort to take advantage of the resources provided by these systems. To address this challenge, three U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories, including the Berkeley Lab, and two leading universities have formed the Hybrid Multicore Consortium, or HMC, and held their first meeting at SC09. Read More »

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Selects IBM Technology to Power Cloud Computing Research

November 16, 2009

Armonk, NY and Berkeley, CA — IBM and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) announced today that an IBM System x iDataPlex server will run the Lab's program to explore how cloud computing can be used to advance scientific discovery. Read More »

Berkeley Lab Staff to Present Papers, Participate in Tutorials, Panels, BoFs, More at SC09

November 5, 2009

When SC09 convenes Nov. 14 in Portland, LBNL researchers will participate in two tutorials, present four technical papers, join in one panel discussion, give two Masterworks talks and lead two Birds-of-a-Feather sessions. Tutorials Hank Childs of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Sean Ahern of Oak Ridge National Laboratory will present “VisIt - Visualization and Analysis for Very Large Data Sets,” a tutorial on VisIt, an open source visualization and analysis tool designed for… Read More »