Today at Berkeley Lab

Joint Genome Institute Uncovers Earth’s Viral Diversity

JGI researchers, aided by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), used the largest collection of assembled metagenomic datasets to uncover over 125,000 partial and complete viral genomes, with infecting microbes in the majority. The findings, which were published in Nature, increase the number of known viral genes by a factor of 16. More>

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DOE to Invest $16 Million in Computer Design of Materials

Berkeley Lab is one of two teams receiving grants to develop sophisticated and user-friendly, open-source software that captures the essential physics of relevant systems and can be used by the broader research community and industry to accelerate the design of new functional materials. Steven Louie will lead the Lab team, using NERSC supercomputers. More>

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NERSC Simulations Help Discovery of Super-Durable Diamond-like Carbon

Superman used immense heat and pressure generated by his bare hands to form a diamond out of a lump of coal. Argonne Lab researchers applied the same principles and discovered a revolutionary diamond-like film of their own generated by the heat and pressure of an automotive engine. Some modeling for this research was conducted at NERSC. More>

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Sign up for NERSC’s Aug. 22 Data Day

This summer, NERSC will host a brand new data-centric event: Data Day. The main event will take place on August 22, followed by a half-day hackathon on August 23. The goal: to bring together researchers who use, or are interested in using, NERSC systems for data-intensive work. More>

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NERSC Helps Peek Inside the Earliest Moments of the Universe

For William Detmold of MIT, who uses lattice quantum chromodynamics (LQCD) to study subatomic particles, one of the most interesting aspects of the formation of the early universe is what happened in those first few minutes—a period known as the “big bang nucleosynthesis.” More>

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Adding Cobalt Keeps Technetium From Leaving During Waste Processing

When Technetium is heated for long-term storage, this radionuclide is able to migrate, making it difficult to meet DOE retention targets. A team including the Lab’s Wayne Lukens, and researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the DOE’s Office of River Protection, using NERSC, devised a way to retain more technetium. They added cobalt. More>

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DOE Awards 157 Million Supercomputer Hours to Lab Researchers

Peter Nugent, Kristin Persson, David Trebotich, and Lin-Wang Wang have been awarded a total of 157 million processor hours through DOE’s 2016 ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC). The one-year awards began July 1. More>

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New Technologies Fuel Cryo-EM’s Renaissance

In a pair of breakthrough Nature papers, researchers in Eva Nogales’ Lab at UC Berkeley mapped two important protein functions in unprecedented detail. These papers are representative of the renaissance currently under way in the cryo-EM field—driven primarily by the rise of cutting-edge electron detector cameras, sophisticated image processing software and access to NERSC supercomputing resources. More>

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New Material Has Potential for Lower Cost, Cleaner Nuclear Fuel Recycling

Researchers are investigating a new material that might help in nuclear fuel recycling and waste reduction by capturing certain gases released during reprocessing. By working at ambient temperature, the new material has the potential to save energy, and make reprocessing cleaner and less expensive. More>

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NERSC Fields Its 1st Student Cluster Competition Team

Five former NERSC interns and one current intern have joined forces to participate in the Student Cluster Competition at ISC16, June 20-22 in Frankfurt, Germany, marking the first time that NERSC has fielded a student cluster competition team. More>

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