Today at Berkeley Lab

NERSC, Cray Move Forward With Next-Generation Scientific Computing

NERSC and Cray Inc. announced this week that they have finalized a new contract for a Cray XC40 supercomputer that will be the first NERSC system installed in the newly built CRT facility at Berkeley Lab. This supercomputer will be used as Phase 1 of NERSC’s next-generation system, named “Cori” in honor of biochemist and Nobel Laureate Gerty Cori. More>

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Organic Photovoltaic Experiments Showcase ‘Superfacility’ Concept

Research by the Advanced Light Source, using computing resources at NERSC, Oakridge, and ESNet, is yielding exciting results in organic photovoltaics as well as road testing the “superfacility” concept, which connects DOE user facilities to enable researchers to share data in real time without having to leave their office or lab. More>

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Former NERSC Consultant Mentors Math, Computer Science Students

Frank Hale recently brought a group of computer science enthusiasts from Diablo Valley College (DVC) to NERSC for a tour. They were hosted by Elizabeth Bautista; heard talks from Richard Gerber, David Skinner and Jack DeSlippe on high performance computing and how it is used at NERSC to enable a broad range of science; and took a tour of the machine room. More>

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What Makes Clouds Form, Grow, and Die?

The mechanisms behind cloud changes are quite complex, so researchers from Pacific Northwest Lab utilized NERSC supercomputing resources to simulate tropical clouds and their interaction with the warm ocean surface and compare the simulations to real-world observations. More>

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NERSC Honors Third Annual HPC Achievement Award Winners

NERSC announced the winners of its third annual High Performance Computing (HPC) Achievement Awards on Feb. 24 during the annual NERSC User Group meeting. This year’s winners were from UC Santa Cruz, Caltech, and Berkeley Lab. More>

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Feb. 24 Talks to Highlight Science at NERSC

Lab staff are invited to attend a series of science talks in the Building 50 Auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 24, as part of the annual NERSC Users Group meeting. Topics include modeling laser-plasma accelerators, transforming beamline science, a look at NERSC’s next-generation supercomputing, and programming next-gen HPC systems. More>

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Local High School Students Tour NERSC

Last week, students from Doherty Valley High School in San Ramon and the Computer Academy at Oakland Technical High School descended on the Oakland Scientific Facility to learn more about supercomputing and networking. More>

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Lattice QCD Calculations Reveal Inner Workings of Lightest Nuclei

Using resources at NERSC, a research team has demonstrated for the first time the ability of quantum chromodynamics (QCD) — a fundamental theory in particle physics — to calculate the magnetic structure of some of the lightest nuclei. More>

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Laser, Supercomputer Measure Speedy Electrons in Silicon

Mobile electrons are routed and switched through transistors, carrying information that characterizes our age. A research team has for the first time taken snapshots of this event using attosecond pulses of soft x-ray light then used the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center to better understand their findings. More>

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Searching for A Neuroscience Data Standard

BrainFormat, a neuroscience data standardization framework developed at Berkeley Lab, is a strong contender to contribute to a data format and storage standard for the neuroscience research community. In conjunction with this work, NERSC is contributing to the CRCNS data-sharing portal. More>

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