Today at Berkeley Lab

Climate Change to Blame for Deaths in 2003 Heat Wave, New Study Says

Scientists merged climate data and health data to determine the likelihood that a warming climate influenced the death toll, which totaled 1,050 in Paris and London. The study “takes us a little farther, looking at apparent temperature, a function of temperature and humidity, and relates it to how many people died,” says the Lab’s Michael Wehner. More>

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Is U.S. at Risk of Losing Supercomputing Leadership?

“All the U.S. systems on the list are getting old,” said the Lab’s Horst Simon, regarding the recent top 500 rankings of fastest supercomputers. “There will be no 100-petaflop systems in the U.S. for two years…and we have been complacent for four or five years about pushing for an exaflop system.” His comments appear in a “nextBIG Future” story. More>

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China Wins New Bragging Rights in Supercomputers

China dominates a biannual ranking of the world’s 500 fastest supercomputers, called the Top500. Not only does China have the world’s fastest machine for the seventh consecutive time, it has the largest number of computers among the top 500 — a first for any country other than the United States. The list is compiled by the Lab’s Horst Simon and Erich Strohmaier. More>

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Lab Prepares for Quantum-Classical Computing Future

Berkeley Lab Alvarez Fellow Jarrod McClean and his colleagues want to simulate and predict the chemistry and properties of advanced compounds before scientists go into the lab. But today’s supercomputers aren’t powerful enough to model materials with the detail and accuracy needed. So they’re yoking quantum processors with classical HPC systems into a hybrid computer. More>

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Computing Sciences Summer Student Program Launches; Includes Lectures

The 12-week program provides students with an opportunity to work on projects in computational research, high-performance computing, high-speed networking, or a collaboration of each, under the guidance of staff. Students are also invited to attend lunchtime talks that cover a wide-range of Lab research. More>

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Berkeley Lab’s OpenMSI Licensed to ImaBiotech

Two years ago, Lab researchers developed OpenMSI — the most advanced computational tool for analyzing and visualizing mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) data. Now, OpenMSI has been licensed to support ImaBiotech’s Multimaging™ technology in the field of pharmaceutical and cosmetic research and development. More>

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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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