Today at Berkeley Lab

High-Energy Nuclear Collisions, Large-Scale Computing Aid Study of Early Universe

ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) is a detector in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) ring designed to investigate quark-gluon plasma, the primitive matter that filled the early universe. Berkeley Lab’s Nuclear Science Division, in partnership with IT’s Scientific Computing Group, has recently established a new site on the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid to provide a significant amount of ALICE computing and data storage. More>

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Free Big Data Workshop Sept. 5-6

The workshop — sponsored by the IT Division — will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark and will be presented using the Wide Area Classroom (WAC) training platform. This is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Extreme Science and Engineering Development Environment. Attendance is free, but space is limited. Registration deadline is Aug. 30.

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Software Carpentry Python Course Aug. 23-24

The IT Division is offering a two-day Python scientific programming course taught by Software Carpentry on Aug. 23-24. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another, and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems. Space is limited and registration is required.

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HPC Enables Record-Breaking Ptychographic Imaging at ALS

Scientists at the Advanced Light Source are using the new COSMIC Imaging beamline and a high-performance data pipeline implemented by the IT Division’s Scientific Computing Group to turn large datasets of X-ray diffraction data into high-resolution images. With a technique called ptychographic computed tomography, the researchers recently mapped locations of nanoscale reactions inside a lithium-ion battery in 3D. More>

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IT Division Offers Free OpenMP Workshop on Aug. 7

The workshop will give C and Fortran programmers a hands-on introduction to OpenMP programming. Attendees will gain a working knowledge of how to write scalable codes using OpenMP. The workshop is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Extreme Science and Engineering Development Environment (XSEDE). Attendance is free, but space is limited. The registration deadline is Aug 2.

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Google Services for Machine Learning, Scientific Data Management Now Available

Google Cloud Platform services are now available to Lab staff via a Lab-IT Division Master Payer contract. Meet with Google’s DOE Laboratory Support Team on July 24 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Building 33-106, to learn about new features supporting scientific data management, machine learning, and more. The talk will be available online via Zoom.

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IT Offers Software Carpentry Python Course July 25 and 26

IT Division is offering a two-day course in scientific programming in Python taught by Software Carpentry. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems. Space is limited and registration is required.

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From Winds to Wildfires: How a Climate Scientist Leverages Supercomputing to Study Wild Weather

What is the relationship between the frequency of lightning strikes and the frequency of wildfires? That’s just one of the questions researcher David Romps is trying to answer by leveraging Berkeley Lab Science IT resources such as Lawrencium to better understand Earth’s climate. More>

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Software Carpentry (Python) Course June 27-28

The IT Division is offering a two-day Software Carpentry course on scientific programming in Python. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another, and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems. Space is limited; registration is required.

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What Is a Computer? IT Helps Answer That Question for Local Second Graders

IT recently hosted second graders from Berkeley’s Sylvia Mendez Elementary School (formerly LeConte) to teach them about computers, including hardware, software, programming, parallel computing, networking, and tech vocabulary. They even built their own computer. The program, now in its ninth year, is part of IT’s STEM outreach efforts. The event was captured in this Exposure photo feature.

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