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Kathy Yelick Invited Speaker at NITRD's 20th Anniversary Symposium

February 14, 2012

Kathy Yelick, Berkeley Lab's Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences, is one of 16 speakers invited to share their expertise at a Feb. 16 symposium marking the 20th anniversary of the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. Yelick will give a presentation on "More and Moore: Growing Computing Performance for Scientific Discovery." Read More »

ESnet Policy Board Holds Inaugural Meeting at Berkeley Lab

February 14, 2012

This month the ESnet Policy Board held its first annual meeting at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The seven-member board was created last summer to provide scientific and executive-level advice to the Laboratory’s Director regarding the overall ESnet program. The Policy Board focuses on specific issues such as resource utilization to maximize the present and future scientific impact of ESnet and long-range planning for the program, including research and development necessary for future capabilities. Read More »

Breaking Ground on the Computational Research and Theory Facility

February 1, 2012

Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, along with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and University of California leaders, broke ground on the Lab’s Computational Research and Theory (CRT) facility, Wednesday, Feb. 1. The CRT will be at the forefront of high-performance supercomputing research and be DOE’s most efficient facility of its kind. Read More »

ESnet Staff Share Expertise, 100G Experiences at Joint Techs Meeting

January 31, 2012

Twice a year, staff from ESnet and Internet, two of the leading research and education networks, meet to exchange information and experiences on topics of mutual interest. The meetings, known at the Joint Techs, also draw an international crowd of networking experts. Read More »

Can Cloud Computing Address the Scientific Computing Requirements for DOE Researchers?

January 30, 2012

After a two-year study of the feasibility of cloud computing systems for meeting the ever-increasing computational needs of scientists, Department of Energy researchers have issued a report stating that the cloud computing model is useful, but should not replace the centralized supercomputing centers operated by DOE national laboratories. Read More »

Powered by NERSC, a Database of Billions of Genes and Counting!

January 26, 2012

Microbes are microscopic organisms that live in every nook and cranny of our planet. Without them, plants wouldn’t grow, garbage wouldn’t decay, humans wouldn’t digest food, and there would literally be no life on Earth, or at least as we know it. By examining the genetic makeup of these “bugs,” scientists hope to understand how they work, and how they can be used to solve a variety of important problems like identifying new sources of clean energy. Read More »

The Great Gas Hydrate Escape

January 25, 2012

For some time, researchers have explored flammable ice for low-carbon or alternative fuel or as a place to store carbon dioxide. Now, a computer analysis of the ice and gas compound, known as a gas hydrate, reveals key details of its structure. The results show that hydrates can hold hydrogen at an optimal capacity of 5 weight-percent, a value that meets the goal of a Department of Energy standard and makes gas hydrates practical and affordable. Read More »

Bubbles Help Break Energy Storage Record for Lithium Air-Batteries

January 25, 2012

One of the biggest weaknesses of today’s electric vehicles (EV) is battery life—most cars can only go about 100-200 miles between charges. But researchers hope that a new type of battery, called the lithium-air battery, will one day lead to a cost-effective, long-range EV that could travel up to 300 miles or more between charges. Read More »

Computing steps up to capture, keep carbon dioxide underground

January 25, 2012

Producing electricity to power our homes and businesses while also reducing carbon dioxide emissions remains difficult. Fossil fuels provide most electricity in the United States. Coal-burning plants produce nearly three quarters of the nation’s power, simultaneously spewing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. - See more at: http://ascr-discovery.science.doe.gov/feature/carbon1.shtml#sthash.TWMdavSb.dpuf Read More »

Inspiring Careers in Science Research

January 21, 2012

In an effort to expose high school students to careers in research, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab) Computing Sciences Diversity Outreach Program partnered with San Francisco’s Lowell High School Science Research Program, an after school program that aims to give highly motivated juniors and seniors a chance to develop research projects with professional guidance with the intent to have the students enter the Intel Science Talent Search, a competition sponsored by Intel that offers college scholarships for outstanding scientific work. Read More »