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Beautiful Sunset Highlights the ‘Other’ Side of Wang Hall

While the view of Wang Hall for most staff and visitors is the façade facing Chu Road just above Blackberry Gate, not many see the “back” side of the new building. Lab photographer Roy Kaltschmidt recently captured it, along with an amazing sunset in the background.

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Computing’s Deborah Bard Blogs on How HPC has Transformed Cosmology

Simulating a universe is not a trivial matter, and some of the biggest tests of modern HPC systems come from cosmological simulations, which need to be both large-scale and high-resolution. A typical cosmological simulation today requires tens of millions of CPU hours and thousands of compute cores, which would take a best desktop computer over 2,000 years to run. More>

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Cray Supercomputer Gets Moved in 41 Seconds Flat

It really took a few days to move NERSC’s Edison Cray supercomputer from Oakland to its new home in Wang Hall at Berkeley Lab, but you can see the whole process in just 41 seconds in a newly posted time-lapse video.

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Understanding Climate Change’s Role in Recent UK Floods

Rainstorms are particularly tough to study, because they are affected by many factors, says Berkeley Lab’s Michael Wehner. He conducted a study of the role climate change played in Colorado’s 2013 floods. By comparing the river basin responsible with the same basin in an imaginary world without anthropogenic climate change, he found that the real basin received more rain. More>

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Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf to Give Computing Sciences Distinguished Lecture

In the 1970s, Cerf co-created the communications protocols that make the Internet possible (TCP/IP). Ever since, he’s been a vocal and visible influence on the Internet’s structure, governance and nature from various posts in both the public and private sector. The talk takes place at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 in the Building 50 Auditorium. More>

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Despite Personal Setbacks, First-in-Family College Grad Comes to the Lab

Joshua Pritchett lost his older brother to a heart abnormality, then his mother to cancer. But that, nor his upbringing in a lower-income area of East Birmingham, AL, kept him from pursuing his dream of a career in computer science. He will start an internship at JGI in January with William Andreopoulos, working with the FALCON Genome Assembler. More>

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National Labs Collaborate on Development of Next-Gen Supercomputers

Berkeley Lab, Los Alamos, and Sandia national laboratories have formed the Alliance for Application Performance at Extreme Scale (APEX) to focus on the design, acquisition and deployment of future advanced technology high performance computing systems. More>

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Computing’s Demmel Named as AAAS Fellow

James Demmel of the Computational Research Division is among 347 new fellows named to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Demmel was cited for his distinguished contributions to the theory and practice of numerical linear algebra, especially for innovative approaches in parallel computing. More>

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Lab Researchers Take Home SC15 Honors

A number of Berkeley Lab researchers were honored for their research and contributions to the field of high performance computing (HPC) at this year’s SC15 Conference. Held Nov. 15-20 in Austin, Texas. They include Kathy Yelick, David Bailey, Horst Simon, AydÍn Buluç, Luther Martin, and Lenny Oliker. More>

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Wang Hall Officially Opens at Special Dedication

The facility — which was dedicated at a special event on Nov. 12, attended by UC President Napolitano and UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicolas Dirks — will house NERSC, ESnet, and the Computational Research Division. Wang Hall is one of the most energy-efficient computing centers anywhere, and is named after UC Berkeley professor Shyh Wang. More>

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