Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Exploring the Frontiers of Deep Learning for Science

A collaborative effort at Berkeley Lab is applying deep learning software tools developed for supercomputing environments to “grand challenge” science problems running computations at NERSC and other supercomputing facilities. More>

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NERSC’s Bautista Named One of 2015’s 100 Most Influential Filipinas

Elizabeth Bautista was selected as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World by the Filipina Women’s Network. The award was announced as part of the Filipina Leadership Global Summit held last month. At NERSC, Bautista also manages a paid internship program for students and conducts outreach to schools. More>

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Berkeley Lab Highlights HPC at Advanced Manufacturing Event

Peter Nugent, Division of the Computational Research Division and David Skinner of NERSC are attending the 2015 American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit this week to discuss the increasing role of high performance computing in U.S. manufacturing. More>

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