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Proposals for JGI-NERSC Microbiome Data Science Call Due March 1

The call will enable users to perform state-of-the-art computational genomics and metagenomics research and help them translate sequence information generated by the JGI or elsewhere into biological discovery. The call aims to help users perform large-scale computational analyses of sequence data to solve DOE mission-relevant problems. More>

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Simulations Reveal the Invisible Chaos of Superluminous Supernovae

To better understand the physical conditions that create superluminious supernova — stellar explosions that shine 10 to 100 times brighter than normal — astrophysicists are running two-dimensional simulations of these events using supercomputers at NERSC and the Berkeley Lab-developed CASTRO code. More>

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Diamond Shines in Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Diamonds are revered for their strength, beauty, and utility. But now a group of researchers, using the computing power of NERSC, are finding additional reasons to celebrate this material, particularly for industrial applications. More>

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More Detailed View of Vertical Cloud Structures Improve Climate Models

Using high-performance computers at NERSC, a team of researchers have improved a statistical representation of clouds in a climate model to capture clouds from all sides and in-between. They found that including the falling speed of these cloud components, along with the already-included dependency on the cloud’s turbulence strength, will improve the modelling of clouds. More>

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Jan. 7 Memorial for NERSC Retiree William Harris

A memorial service will be held Jan. 7 at noon at the Graham-Hitch Mortuary (4167 First Street in Pleasanton) for William Harris, former head of NERSC’s Computer Operations and Network Support Group. He was among the key staff when NERSC moved from Livermore Lab to Berkeley Lab in 1996. Harris created and led the operations support group until retiring in 2004. More>

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NERSC Seeks Postdocs for NESAP for Data Program

The NESAP for Data program focuses on the needs of data-intensive science applications that perform processing and analysis of data from experimental or observational sources. In collaboration with science user communities, the postdoc will explore how to adapt these applications to perform data science and knowledge discovery at scale. More>

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Simulations Confirm Observations of 2015 India/Pakistan Heat Waves

A recent paper, “The Deadly Combination of Heat and Humidity in India and Pakistan in Summer 2015,” examines observational and simulated temperature and heat indexes, concluding that the heat waves in the two countries “were exacerbated by anthropogenic climate change.” Three Lab researchers were among the co-authors. More>

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Supercomputers Help ID New Drug Leads to Fight Heart Disease

Using a unique computational approach to rapidly sample, in millisecond time intervals, proteins in their natural state of gyrating, bobbing, and weaving, a research team from UC San Diego and Monash University in Australia (using resources at NERSC) has identified promising drug leads that may selectively combat heart disease, from arrhythmias to cardiac failure. More>

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Cori Supercomputer is Fifth on List of World’s Fastest Machines

When the 48th edition of the TOP500 list of the world’s top supercomputers was unveiled at SC16, NERSC’s Cori system debuted in the number five position with a Linpack rating of 14.0 petaflops. Go here for more on the Lab’s participation in SC16.

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Celeste Enhancements Create New Opportunities in Sky Surveys

Celeste, a statistical analysis model designed to enhance sky surveys has gotten a major upgrade that dramatically scales up the process of cataloging astronomical objects. The Celeste code implements statistical inference to build a fully generative model to mathematically locate and characterize light sources in the sky. More>

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