Because lithium batteries are among the lightest and most energetic rechargeable batteries available, a lot of research is being done to facilitate their use in electronic devices. Using supercomputers at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) and other facilities, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Brookhaven National Laboratory, have found a new avenue for such research: the use of disordered materials, which had generally been considered unsuitable for batteries. More>
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The Controlled Thermonuclear Research Computer Center — now known as NERSC — was established in 1974 and unveiled its first supercomputer that same year: a Control Data Corporation 6600 “borrowed” from the weapons program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. When introduced in 1964, the CDC 6600 was considered the fastest computer in the world, computing about 1 million calculations per second. Compare that to the iPad-2, which performs about 1.65 billion calculations per second. Go here for more on the history of NERSC, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
Scientists from the UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab are using simulations performed at NERSC to understand the role certain proteins play in the production of energy via photosynthesis. Their aim is to understand how plants regulate and heal their photosynthetic systems. The work could lead to more robust and efficient solar energy capture using artificial photosynthesis. More>
When a supercomputing center installs a new system, users are invited to make heavy use of the computer as part of the rigorous testing. In this video, find out what top scientists have discovered using Edison, a Cray XC30 supercomputer, and how NERSC’s newest supercomputer will accelerate their future research. More>
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) announced the winners of its second annual High Performance Computing (HPC) Achievement Awards during its annual User Group meeting. 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. To encourage younger scientists who are using HPC in their research, NERSC also presented two early career awards. More>
Michael Welcome, a member of NERSC’s Mass Storage Group, collapsed at work last Thursday, and subsequently died. He was 56. The A celebration of his life will be organized at a later date and details will follow. Welcome spent his entire career working for computing organizations at Berkeley and Livermore Labs. During his 30-year career, Welcome made significant contributions in the areas applied mathematics, system administration and improving the efficiency of high performance computing systems. More>
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center recently accepted “Edison,” a new flagship supercomputer designed for scientific productivity. Named in honor of American inventor Thomas Alva Edison, the Cray XC30 will be dedicated in a ceremony on Feb. 5, and scientists are already reporting results. Edison can execute nearly 2.4 quadrillion floating-point operations per second (petaflop/s) at peak theoretical speeds. More>
This month, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) created a new position — Strategic Partnerships Lead, to identify new science communities that can benefit from NERSC resources. David Skinner, former head of NERSC’s Outreach Software and Programming Group, has been selected to fill the role. In his new post, Skinner will also act as a liaison between NERSC and projects that span many Berkeley Lab divisions. He will also head a new industrial partnerships initiative and look for opportunities to collaborate with the Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) and Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division. More>
In this HPCwire Soundbite Interview, Nicole Hemsoth speaks with Julian Borrill. Borrill, co-lead of the Lab’s Computational Cosmology Center, is one of the investigators for the Planck telescope project, a joint ESA-NASA mission to get detailed information on cosmic microwave background. More>
Lab employees are invited to attend “A Celebration of Science and Technology,” Feb. 4 and 5, during the 2014 NERSC User Group annual meeting. The event kicks off NERSC’s 40th anniversary celebration and includes a dedication of NERSC’s newest supercomputer. Horst Simon and Kathy Yelick, NERSC Director Sudip Dosanjh, and other prominent scientists will offer their perspectives on the past, present and future of NERSC and its contributions to the supercomputing community. All talks take place in the Building 50 Auditorium. A reception will be held in the Lab Cafeteria on Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. Go here for more information and to register.