Posts Tagged ‘Computing Sciences’

Memorial Service for Suzanne Stevenson

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

A public memorial service will be held for Suzanne Stevenson at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 29, at the El Cerrito Kingdom Hall, located at 532 Elm Street. Stevenson, who died Feb. 16, was working as an administrative assistant at NERSC and had filled other roles within Computing Sciences since 2006, starting out in the Computational Research Division. El Cerrito Kingdom Hall is a three-minute walk from the El Cerrito Plaza BART station. Parking is limited.

Computing’ Daniela Ushizima Shows Students How Math, Imaging Relate

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Last week, seventh-grade students at Oakland’s Head-Royce School got a special math lesson from Berkeley Lab’s Daniela Ushizima. She connected their advanced linear algebra lessons to how images are processed and manipulated by computers, including popular apps many students use on their phones. More>

Simulations Shed Light on Pine Island Glacier’s Stability

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

The rapid retreat of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier (PIG)—the single largest contributor to sea level rise in Antarctica—has perhaps reached a point of no return. Unless the region experiences much colder conditions the retreat will continue, say three international modeling teams writing in Nature Climate Change. They came to this conclusion after running a number of simulations to model the glacier’s behavior. To do this work, the researchers relied on three different ice-flow models including BISICLES, which was developed by a collaboration that included Berkeley Lab computational scientists. More>

Horst Simon Quoted in Time Article on Japan’s Planned Exascale Supercomputer

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Just six years from now, Japan-based RIKEN says it will complete a supercomputer finally capable of mongo-calculative deftness on par with what some believe to be the processing oomph of a single human brain. The company says it was selected by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to design an exascale supercomputer, and that this nascent exa-behemoth will begin working in 2020. But some think 2020′s too soon. Berkeley Lab’s Horst Simon is betting that we won’t reach exascale-computing power by 2020. More>

IceCube Makes ‘Top Story’ Lists; Materials Database Gets Cover Treatment

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Scientific American named the recent IceCube observation of high-energy cosmic neutrinos one of its top 10 science stories of the year, while Physical Review listed the discovery as one of its highlights of the year. Scientific American also included a cover story (pictured) on creating a materials database written by EETD’s Kristin Persson, who touched on the Lab’s efforts in this field.

Data Explosion Ushers New Era of Computational Science at  Light Sources

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

When scientists from around the world visit Dula Parkinson’s microtomography beamline at the Advanced Light Source, they all want the same thing: amazing, scientifically illuminating, micron-scale X-ray views of matter, whether a fiber-reinforced ceramic composite, an energy-rich shale, or a dinosaur bone fragment. Unfortunately, many of them have left lately with something else: debilitating data overload. More>

Final Girder Tops CRT Building; Beam Decorated and Autographed

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

The final steel girder of the Computational Research and Theory facility was hoisted into place today in a “topping off” ceremony. As tradition dictates, the beam was decorated with an evergreen and American flag and signed by both the builders and some of the eventual occupants, including Kathy Yelick, Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences. When construction is complete in early 2015, the CRT facility will house all three divisions of Berkeley Lab’s Computing Sciences, as well as NERSC’s supercomputers in a state-of-the-art data center. More>

Lab Hosts Five Emerging Leaders During TechWomen 2013

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

For Aseel Honein, an architect, teacher and design activist from Lebanon, spending a month collaborating with scientists at Berkeley Lab was a dream come true. She got the opportunity to do so through the TechWomen 2013 program, which brought 76 women from 16 Middle Eastern and African countries to the U.S. in October for a five-week professional mentoring program. Five of these emerging leaders were hosted by colleagues from the Lab who worked closely with them on projects related to their burgeoning careers. More>

One Man’s Dream to Build a Supercomputer From Cellphone Chips

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

[Wired] Alex Ramirez wants to build a supercomputer that’s six times as powerful as Tianhe-2, the Chinese machine that’s ranked as the world’s most powerful. That’s an incredibly ambitious goal, but here’s the surprising part: He wants to build it using the sort of chips you typically find in mobile phones and tablets. He wants to use ARM processors. Whatever chips are used, many countries are working to build exascale machines, but in the U.S., budget cuts have tapered funding for these projects. Since 2010, the Lab’s funding has been flat or downward, said Deputy Director Horst Simon. More>

Berkeley Lab Expertise to be Highlighted in DOE Booth at SC13

Friday, November 15th, 2013

When the SC13 conference opens Nov. 17 in Denver, the facilities and capabilities of DOE 15 national labs (including Berkeley Lab) will be highlighted in one booth for the first time. The booth program features presentations by HPC experts, electronic posters, demonstrations, roundtable discussions and a 3D display showing simulations and modeling. Kathy Yelick and Greg Bell are among the 14 featured speakers giving talks in the booth. ESnet will be demonstrating the MyESnet portal and hosting a discussion of the Science DMZ. Saul Perlmutter will answer questions about supernovae and supercomputers. More>