Today at Berkeley Lab

Toward Cost-Effective Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells

As the age of hybrid, electric and self-driving cars enters, interest remains high in finding the next generation of fuel cell technology. a research team running density functional theory calculations at NERSC has demonstrated how one type of fuel cell — polymer electrolyte fuel cells —can be made to run more efficiently and produced more cost-effectively. More>

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Lab to Partner with U.S. Manufacturers on Five New HPC4Mfg Projects

The Department of Energy’s High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Program has announced $3.8 million in funding for 13 new industry projects in the second round of the HPC4Mfg program, and Berkeley Lab has been selected to partner with five of the new projects. More>

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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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