Today at Berkeley Lab

NERSC’s Friesen Helps Calculate Chances of Surviving Zombie Apocalypse

Hugo Villanueva, a high school student in Southern California, was trying to crunch the numbers himself, but is handheld calculator wasn’t up to the task. So he wrote a letter to Cray Inc. asking for help. The company arranged for a visit to the high school, and brought along NERSC’s Brian Friesen to assist. More>

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NERSC Simulations Reveal Material’s Superconducting Superpowers

Two-dimensional boron is a natural low-temperature superconductor and it may be the only 2D material with that potential, say Rice University researchers who discovered this trait after running simulations at NERSC. This finding could revolutionize the manufacturing of small superconducting circuits. More>

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NERSC Helps ID Mismatches in Model for Tropical Weather Disturbances

A better understanding of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), a tropical disturbance that propagates eastward around the global tropics, is vital for accurately forecasting weather in Western India and the El Niño/La Niña cycle on the U.S. West Coast. That’s why researchers are using NERSC resources and field data to improve existing MJO models. More>

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Could Material Defects Actually Improve Solar Cells?

Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are using supercomputers — including NERSC — to study what may seem paradoxical: certain defects in silicon solar cells may actually improve their performance. More>

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Multi-Scale Simulations Solve a Plasma Turbulence Mystery

Cutting-edge simulations run at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) over a two-year period are helping physicists better understand what influences the behavior of the plasma turbulence that is driven by the intense heating necessary to create fusion energy. More>

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NERSC Announces HPC Achievement Award Winners

The awards recognize NERSC users who have either demonstrated an innovative use of HPC resources to solve a scientific problem or whose work has had an exceptional impact on scientific understanding or society. Winners include Charles Koven and William Riley of the Lab’s Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division. 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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JGI Video Highlights Interactions Between Lab’s User Facilities

JGI has a new animation that seeks to answer the age-old question, “What is a user facility?” by demonstrating how JGI, NERSC and ESnet work together, underpinning JGI’s critical research infrastructure to advance the frontiers of science.

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Physicists ID Mechanism That Stabilizes Plasma in Tokamaks

Using NERSC’s Edison computer, a team of physicists has discovered a mechanism that prevents the electrical current flowing through fusion plasma from repeatedly peaking and crashing. This behavior is known as a “sawtooth cycle” and can cause instabilities within the plasma’s core. More>

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IBM to Conduct Watson Workshop at Berkeley Lab Jan. 21

Lab staff interested in learning how Watson — an AI system combining advanced natural language processing, machine learning, and information retrieval — might help their research projects or business operations can attend a Jan. 21 workshop at 9:30 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Register here. The final agenda will be posted here. E-mail questions to rcthomas@lbl.gov.

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