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CRD’s Oliker Steps in to Lead DOE’s SUPER Project

Berkeley Lab’s Lenny Oliker will lead SUPER, a Department of Energy project that helps researchers make the most efficient and effective use of petascale systems. More>

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Aydin Buluc Wins IEEE TCSC Award for Excellence for Early Career Research

Aydın Buluç of the Computational Research Division received the IEEE TCSC Award for Excellence for Early Career Researchers, which recognizes up to three individuals who have made outstanding, influential, and potentially long-lasting contributions in the field of scalable computing within five years of receiving their PhD degree as of January 1 of the year of the award.

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New Mathematics Advances the Frontier of Macromolecular Imaging

A comprehensive understanding of complex nanostructures—like proteins and viruses—could lead to breakthroughs in some of the most challenging problems in biology and medicine. In a PNAS paper Berkeley Lab researchers have introduced new mathematical theory and an algorithm, which they call “Multi-tiered iterative phasing (M-TIP).”

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Systems Engineer by Day, KALX DJ by Night

Shreyas “DJ Shrey” Cholia of the Computational Research Division and NERSC spins his unique blend of Bollywood, electronica, and garage-indie pop, for the UC Berkeley radio station every other Tuesday night. “I like finding music that crosses over from one genre to another; I’m not someone who likes to pigeon-hole myself.” More>

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CRD’s Mueller Optimizes Codes to Cut Computational Costs

As supercomputers play an increasingly important role in scientific research, demand for time on the systems is also increasing, with researchers wanting up to 10 times more than is available. As a result, scientists need to make the most efficient use of their time allocations. Juliane Mueller has found a way to keep expenses down. More>

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Meraculous: Deciphering the ‘Book of Life’ With Supercomputers

Genomev1By applying some novel algorithms, computational techniques, and the innovative programming language Unified Parallel C (UPC) to the cutting-edge de novo genome assembly tool Meraculous, a team of scientists from the Lab’s Computational Research Division, the Joint Genome Institute, and UC Berkeley, simplified and sped up genome assembly, reducing a months-long process to mere minutes. More>

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CRD’s Patterson Honored for Technology That Enabled Personal Computing

David Patterson was recognized for his participation in the seminal 1981 development of Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC), technology that revolutionized the way microprocessors function. The change would eventually enable personal workstations and later mobile computing. More>

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Researchers Learn to Control Graphene with Lasers

New numerical simulations by Berkeley Lab Alvarez Fellow Alexander Kemper and his colleagues at Stanford University reveal how the quantum properties of graphene can be manipulated at ultrafast timescales with femtosecond laser pulses, opening a area of research. More>

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Chombo-Crunch Sinks Its Teeth into Fluid Dynamics

Chombo-Crunch — a computational fluid dynamics and transport code created by Lab scientists — has improved the understanding of the dynamics of geologic carbon sequestration and may lead to new safety measures in the oil and gas industry and aerospace engineering. More>

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Jain, Ushizima Receive DOE Early Career Research Awards

Anubhav Jain of the Energy Technologies Area and Dani Ushizima of the Computational Research Division will each receive $2.5 million grants over five years to cover year-round salary plus research expenses. The awards seek to support exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work. More>

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