Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Former Summer Student Jessica Hatcher Wins Research Award

Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences-sponsored summer student Jessica Hatcher won a first-place award for her research poster “Quantitative Structure Activity Relationships (QSAR) for Biological Effects of Synthetic Cathinones” at the 74th Joint Annual Meeting of The National Institute of Science/Beta Kappa Chi. Hatcher was mentored by CRD’s Bert de Jong in the summer of 2016. More>

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Women’s History Month: Computing Sciences Trailblazers

March is Women’s History Month, and the theme for 2017 is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” Computing Sciences reached out to some “trailblazers” in its organization to find out what motivated them to go into this field, challenges they have encountered along the way, and what they consider to be their proudest achievements. More>

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Women in IT Invited to Apply for Program at SC17 Conference

Applications are now being accepted for the Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program at the SC17 conference to be held Nov. 12–17 in Denver, Colorado. Applications are to be submitted using the 2017 WINS Application Form. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 24. More>

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Lab to Support Exascale Co-Design Center

Berkeley Lab was selected to be a partner in the fifth Exascale Computing Project (ECP) co-design center announced earlier this month. The new center will focus on Graph Analytics: combinatorial (graph) kernels that play a crucial role in many data analytic computing application areas as well as ECP applications. More>

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