Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Celeste: A New Model for Cataloging the Universe

The mysteries of the universe have been pondered for centuries, scanning the sky with methods that haven’t changed much until the last two decades. Now a collaboration of scientists is looking to shake things up with Celeste, a new statistical analysis model designed to enhance one of modern astronomy’s most time-tested tools: sky surveys. More>

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CT Scan of Earth Links Volcanic Hot Spots

Berkeley seismologists have produced for the first time a sharp, three-dimensional scan of Earth’s interior that conclusively connects plumes of hot rock rising through the mantle with surface hotspots that generate volcanic island chains like Hawaii, Samoa and Iceland. Simulations for this research were conducted at NERSC. More>

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NERSC Accelerates Scientific Analysis With SciDB

Tackling extreme data challenges will require a system that is easy enough for any scientist to use, that can effectively harness the power of ever more powerful supercomputers, and that is unified and extendable. This is where the NERSC’s implementation of SciDB comes in. More>

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NERSC’s ‘Shifter’ Makes Container-Based HPC a Breeze

To facilitate the use of container-based computing in HPC, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is enabling Docker-like container technology on its systems through its new, customized —and soon to be open source — software tool, Shifter. More>

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Systems Engineer by Day, KALX DJ by Night

Shreyas “DJ Shrey” Cholia of the Computational Research Division and NERSC spins his unique blend of Bollywood, electronica, and garage-indie pop, for the UC Berkeley radio station every other Tuesday night. “I like finding music that crosses over from one genre to another; I’m not someone who likes to pigeon-hole myself.” More>

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