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Data Tracking Increases Scientific Productivity

July 20, 2011

New supercomputers and networks are contributing to record levels of scientific productivity. In fact, every new system installed at NERSC over the last 10 years has generated about 50 percent more data than its predecessor. To effectively meet the increasing scientific demand for storage systems and services, the center’s staff must first understand how data moves within the facility. Until recently, the process of obtaining these insights was extremely tedious because the statistics came from multiple sources, including network router statistics, client and server transfer logs, storage and accounting reports—all saved as very large, independently formatted text files. Read More »

Moving Data at the Speed of Science: Berkeley Lab Lays Foundation for 100 Gbps Prototype Network

July 13, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory today announced a major step toward creating one of the world’s fastest scientific networks to accelerate research in fields ranging from advanced energy solutions to particle physics. Read More »

LLNL's David L. Brown Named New Director of CRD

July 7, 2011

David Brown, who is currently the Deputy Associate Director for Science and Technology in the Computation Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has been named as the new director for the Computational Research Division (CRD). Brown will join Berkeley Lab on Aug. 30.In his new position, Brown will provide scientific leadership for CRD research and development programs in mathematics, computer science and computational science, and serve as chief spokesperson for CRD in… Read More »

CRD's David Leinweber Named One of Top 10 Innovators of Decade in Trading Industry

June 15, 2011

David Leinweber of the Computational Research Division has been named by Advanced Trading magazine as one of its "Top 10 Innovators of the Decade" for his work in developing a service that allows trading strategies to react to news the instant it breaks, managing what the magazine describes as “a fire hose of aggregated updates.” Last year, Leinweber joined Berkeley Lab from UC Berkeley and established the Center for Innovative Financial Technology (CIFT) to help build a bridge between the… Read More »

ICCS Members Collaborate on Award-Winning Paper

June 13, 2011

One year after Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley established the International Center for Computational Science (ICCS) with partners at the University of Heidelberg in Germany and the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in China, the first research paper submitted by ICCS-affiliated researchers will be honored with the PRACE Award. The award, sponsored by the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE), will be presented to the authors at the 2011 International Supercomputing Conference. Read More »

At Solar System's Edge, There be...Bubbles?

June 9, 2011

NASA's Voyager probes have reached the end of our solar system where they've found neither giants nor dragons, but something nearly as surprising—a turbulent froth of magnetic bubbles. Read More »

Berkeley Lab's Juan Meza Named New Dean of Natural Sciences at UC Merced

June 3, 2011

Juan Meza, acting director of the Computational Research Division and head of CRD’s High Performance Computing Research Department, has been named Dean of the School of Natural Sciences at UC Merced. The appointment, announced Friday, June 3, will be effective this fall. Read More »

Petaflops Power to NERSC

May 31, 2011

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) recently marked a major milestone, putting its first petascale supercomputer into the hands of its 4,000 scientific users. The flagship Cray XE6 system is called “Hopper” in honor of American computer scientist Grace Murray Hopper; it is capable of more than one quadrillion floating point operations per second, or one petaflops, and is currently the second most powerful supercomputer in the United States, according to the TOP500 list. Read More »

Superfast Search Engine Speeds Past the Competition

May 31, 2011

Our world is increasingly data-driven, whether we are searching for information on our home computer, accessing databases for everything from medical records to financial data, or scanning the depths of outer space to unlock the secrets of the universe. As data volumes increase, making sense of all this data increasingly requires an ability to quickly find essential pieces of information buried in a mountain of bytes Read More »

Proton Dripping Tests a Basic Force of Nature

May 9, 2011

Like gravity, the strong interaction is a fundamental force of nature. It is the essential “glue” that holds together atomic nuclei (composed of protons and neutrons) to form atoms, the building blocks of nearly all the visible matter in the universe. Despite its prevalence in nature, researchers are still searching for the precise laws that govern the strong force. However, the recent discovery of an extremely exotic, short-lived nucleus called fluorine-14 in laboratory experiments may indicate that scientists are gaining a better grasp of these rules. Read More »