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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 »

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 »

Saye and Sethian’s Bubble Visualization Honored by 2013 Visualization Challenge

February 7, 2014

A visualization created by Berkeley Lab mathematicians Robert Saye and James Sethian of soap bubbles bursting and reforming has won honorable mention in the 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, sponsored by Science magazine and the National Science Foundation. Read More »

Memorial Gathering Pending for NERSC’s Michael Welcome

February 4, 2014

A celebration of life is pending for Michael Welcome, a member of NERSC’s Mass Storage Group. Welcome spent his entire career working for computing organizations at Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories. He was 56. Read More »

NERSC Reveals 2014 Award Winners

February 4, 2014

NERSC announced the winners of its second annual High Performance Computing (HPC) Achievement Awards on Feb. 5, 2014, during the annual NERSC User Group meeting at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Read More »

February 2014 NewsBytes

February 1, 2014

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Februrary 2014 - New Employee Profiles

February 1, 2014

Introducing: You-Wei Cheah, Advanced Computing for Sciences (ACS) Department Read More »

Edison Electrifies Scientific Computing

January 31, 2014

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center recently accepted “Edison,” a new flagship supercomputer designed for scientific productivity. The Cray XC30 will be dedicated in a ceremony held at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) on Feb. 5, and scientists are already reporting results. Read More »

Early Edison Users Deliver Results

January 31, 2014

Before any supercomputer is accepted at NERSC, scientists are invited to put the system through its paces during an “early science” phase. While the main aim of this period is to test the new system, many scientists are able to use the time to significantly advance their work. Read More »

Deployments of Network Monitoring Software perfSONAR Hit 1,000

January 27, 2014

In January 2014, perfSONAR reached a milestone with 1,000 instances of the diagnostic software installed on networking hosts around the U.S. and in 13 other countries. perfSONAR is a joint effort between the ESnet, Fermilab and SLAC; and Georgia Tech, Indiana University, Internet2 and the University of Delaware. Read More »