Today at Berkeley Lab

Optimized Algorithms Boost Combustion Research

Turbulent combustion simulations, which provide input to the design of more fuel-efficient combustion systems, have gotten their own efficiency boost, thanks to researchers from the Computational Research Division. More>

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Project Aims to Improve Ice-Ocean-Land Modeling

PISCEES is at the global forefront of modeling to predict the loss of land-ice mass and the resulting rise in sea levels, with a focus on Antarctica. “We’re applying the DOE’s most sophisticated mathematical tools to solving a problem that’s relevant to everyone,” says Esmond Ng of the Computational Research Division. More>

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DACA Act Helps Jose Sierra Procure Job in Computing

After an introduction to the Lab’s high-performance computing research through a high school IT academy, Jose Sierra, now an engineering student at SF State, had hoped to work at Lab to gain real-world experience. But as an émigré from Guatemala, he had no work permit. DACA changed all that. He’s now a student assistant in CRD. More>

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Latest Supercomputers Enable Truer Simulations of Extreme Weather

Not long ago, it would have taken several years to run a high-resolution simulation on a global climate model. But new, powerful supercomputers enable researchers to complete a run in just three months. The simulations are closer to actual observations, and the models are far better at reproducing storms, like hurricanes and cyclones. More>

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CRD Announces Reorganization for Strategic Alignment and Clarity

Computational Research Division Director David Brown recently announced a reorganization creating four new departments aligned with CRD’s strategic directions, effective Nov. 3. These include Computational Science, Data Science & Technology, Computer Science, and Applied Mathematics. More>

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A Comprehensive Look at High Performance Parallel I/O

In this era of “big data,” high performance parallel I/O is extremely important. Yet, the last book to summarize best practices in this area was written more than 10 years ago. To fill the void, Prabhat of Berkeley Lab and Quincey Koziol of the HDF Group recently published “High Performance Parallel I/O.” More>

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Alexandre Chorin Wins National Medal of Science

Chorin, of the Computational Research Division, was named today by President Obama. It is the nation’s highest honor for science and technology. More>

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Pore Models Track Reactions in Underground Carbon Capture

Using tailor-made software running on top-tier supercomputers, a team led by David Trebotich of the Computational Research Division is creating microscopic pore-scale simulations that complement or push beyond laboratory findings. The models of microscopic underground pores could help scientists evaluate ways to store carbon dioxide. More>

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Bell Named to National Academy of Sciences Board on Mathematics

The senior staff mathematician in the Center for Computational Research is well known for his work in the areas of finite volume methods for low-Mach-number flows, adaptive mesh refinement, and parallel computing. More>

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Cancer Screening Algorithm Wins Award

The current method for screening uterine cancer (Pap smears) can often lead to false negatives. A challenge was issued to develop tools to extract the boundaries of individual cytoplasm and nucleus from overlapping cervical cell images to help improve diagnosis. A team that includes CRD’s Daniela Ushizima (front right) created the winning method. More>

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