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April 18 OSTI Workshop to Discuss Information and Data Needs

A workshop held in conjunction with DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information to explore how lab-based scientists use scientific and technical information, data, and supplemental material in the workflow of their research efforts will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, in Perseverance Hall. More>

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With Supercomputing, Disruptive Innovation in Energy Likely to Accelerate

Thanks to breakthroughs in high performance computing and materials science, a whole generation of vastly improved or entirely new energy technologies is likely to be unleashed on us in the very near future. The Lab’s Horst Simon, Kristin Persson, Gerbrand Ceder, and David Skinner, are quoted in this Forbes.com story. More>

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“CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap” Film Screening on March 28

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Diversity and Inclusion Office and Computing Sciences Area will screen “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap” on Monday, March 28 at noon in the Building 50 auditorium. The film looks at the dearth of female and minority software engineers and highlights efforts to close the gap. More>

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NERSC User Group Meets This Week

The annual NERSC Users Group meeting, NUG 2016, takes place this week at Berkeley Lab. NUG 2016 features a day of new user and data analytics training, a code hack-a-thon, a day devoted to application readiness for Cori Phase 2, a science and technology day, and the NUG “business day”. More information can be found at here.

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Former Berkeley Hamburger Joint’s Sign Finds a Home at the Lab

Ever wonder what happened to the iconic Oscar’s sign once the restaurant closed for good after flipping burgers in downtown Berkeley for 65 years? Well, we have the answer. The sign was bought by two staff with the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), and presented as a gift to that group. Why? Computing’s Linda Vu explains why. More>

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New Study on the Searing Future of Extreme Heat; Twitter Chat on March 2

Climate scientist Michael Wehner co-authored a study showing that extreme heat waves could become yearly events across 60% of the Earth by 2075 if greenhouse gas emissions continue unchecked. Wehner will participate in a Twitter chat about this research at 10:30 a.m. Join the conversation by following Berkeley Lab on Twitter or using #HeatWave.

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DOE Announces Funding for HPC4Mfg Industry Partnerships

Berkeley Lab and DOE recently announced $3 million for 10 new projects that will enable private-sector companies to use high-performance computing resources at national labs to tackle major manufacturing challenges. The awards are part of DOE’s “High-Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4mfg)” program, which was rolled out last year. More>

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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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