Today at Berkeley Lab

Kennedy High IT Students Spend a Week at the Lab Making Connections

Ten students from the IT Academy at Richmond’s Kennedy High School spent the first week of their summer vacation getting hands-on experience in high-speed networking and first-hand advice on planning their future. Go here to view an Exposure feature of their visit. More>

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Talk on Computational Approaches to Synthetic At-Scale Social Habitats

Madhav Marathe, director of Virginia Tech’s Network Dynamics and Simulation Lab, will discuss computational approaches to developing synthetic at-scale social habitats. Possible applications of such a data structure can be applied in a number of domains, including epidemiology and disaster response. The event is on June 19 at 10 a.m. in Bldg. 59-3101. View it remotely here. More>

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The Lab Welcomes 2017 Summer Students and Interns

The students and interns, over 150 in all, include undergraduates, post-baccalaureates, graduate students, researchers, and faculty from all around the country. They’ll work alongside Berkeley Lab scientists on a wide range of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines, like particle physics and computing science. Go here to view an Exposure photo feature on the interns.

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Fresh Math Approach Opens New Possibilities for Computational Chemistry

A new mathematical “shortcut” developed by Lab researchers is speeding up molecular absorption calculations by a factor of five, so simulations that used to take 10 to 15 hours to compute can now be done in around 2.5 hours. These algorithms will be incorporated in an upcoming release of the widely used NWChem computational chemistry software suite later this year. More>

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Simulations May Help Make Paper Manufacturing More Efficient, Cheaper

Lab researchers — as part of a unique collaboration with Lawrence Livermore Lab and an industry consortium — are using advanced supercomputer modeling techniques to identify ways that paper manufacturers could reduce energy and water consumption during the papermaking process. The papermaking industry ranks third among the country’s largest energy users. More>

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Kennedy High Students Learn About Berkeley Lab Computing

Twenty students and three teachers from Richmond’s Kennedy High School IT Academy spent the morning of April 26 learning about the breadth of computing at Berkeley Lab, from desktop machines to supercomputers. “It was amazing,” said Jaime, a junior, about the NERSC supercomputer room. More>

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Sea-Level Rise Could Wreak Havoc on California Coast, Experts Warn

A new report, “Rising Seas in California: An Update on Sea-Level Rise Science,” stresses the potential for extreme sea-level rise because of uncertainties in projections of how ice sheets will melt due to their unique, hard-to-understand physics. Berkeley Lab’s BISICLES project has created maps outlining how the Antarctic ice sheet will retreat as it melts. More>

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Pattern Discovery Over Recognition: A New Way for Computers to See

Jim Crutchfield of UC Davis is designing new machine learning systems to allow supercomputers to spot large-scale atmospheric structures, such as hurricanes and atmospheric rivers, in climate data. He’s using NERSC’s CORI supercomputer, which is in the top five of the world’s fastest machines with over 600,000 CPU cores. More>

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Lab Scientists Visit Kenya With International TechWomen Delegation

Daniela Ushizima (Computing) and Teresa Williams (Molecular Foundry) took their first trip to Africa as part of a delegation organized by TechWomen, a unique mentoring and exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education. The trip was eye opening and hugely inspirational for the women. More>

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Making NWChem’s Planewave ‘Purr’ on Knights Landing Architectures

A team of researchers recently achieved a milestone, successfully adding thread-level parallelism on top of MPI-level parallelism in the planewave density functional theory method within the popular software suite NWChem. This important step ensures that computational chemists will be able to compute efficiently on future exascale supercomputers. More>

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