Today at Berkeley Lab

Meet Tess Smidt, ‘Atomic Architect’ and 2018 Luis Alvarez Fellow

To nonscientists, Tess Smidt describes herself as an “atomic architect.” And as Berkeley Lab’s 2018 Luis W. Alvarez Fellow in Computing Sciences, she’s designing a neural network that can automatically generate novel atomic crystal structures. This work is an extension of her graduate research at UC Berkeley, where she worked with Jeff Neaton’s group at the Lab’s Molecular Foundry. More>

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Computing Sciences Summer Students to Present Research at Aug. 2 Poster Session

The Lab’s Computing Sciences Summer Student program will host a poster session showcasing the work of student interns, assistants, and affiliates on Thursday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon in Bldg. 59-3101 (Wang Hall). Light refreshments will be served. All Lab staff are invited to attend. More>

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Quantum Computing: Learning to Speak a Whole New Technology

Quantum computing, harnessesing the phenomena associated with quantum physics to give scientists a tool to solve certain complex problems using microscopic objects or other extraordinarily tiny entities – including light – to process information. “It’s a brand new technology,” said the Lab’s Bert de Jong. “It’s where we were with conventional computing 40, 50 years ago.” More>

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NIST Leaders Visit Lab, Campus to Discuss Quantum Information Science

Walter Copan (2nd from right), director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and other NIST leaders visited the Lab and UC Berkeley on July 19 to learn about the two institutions’ efforts to advance quantum information science. The group also discussed NIST’s role in quantum research, and innovative ways to engage with industry. The visit included presentations as well as tours of NERSC and UC Berkeley’s Center for Integrated Precision and Quantum Measurement. More>

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Berkeley Lab Part of New Exascale Machine Learning Collaboration

The Lab is one of eight national labs participating in ExaLearn, the latest Exascale Computing Project (ECP) co-design center. The goal of the project is to provide exascale machine learning software for use by ECP applications projects, other ECP co-design centers, and DOE experimental facilities and computing facilities. More>

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University of Puerto Rico Summer Students Apply Deep Learning to Structural Biology

Two computer/software engineering students from the University of Puerto Rico are spending their summer developing new deep learning methods in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Chemistry, Materials & Climate Group to address a grand challenge in structural biology: protein structure prediction. More>

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DOE Program Fosters Next Generation of Lab Leaders

DOE’s Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program has helped the national labs build a deep bench of stewardship among mid-career professionals with expertise in the sciences, operations management, and policy. Computing Sciences’ Katie Antypas completed the program this April, and Biosciences’ Trent Northen completed the program in 2017. More>

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Help the W3C Shape the Web

Did you know that, as a Berkeley Lab employee, you can help steer the future of the web? As a member of the W3C, the Lab can nominate experts to participate in working groups that develop web standards, and interest groups that explore new technologies and ideas (full list). In addition, anyone can participate in W3C community groups. Questions? Contact Annette Greiner, the Lab’s W3C representative.

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Kathy Yelick Quoted in Article on March Toward Exascale Computing

There was much celebrating in America last month when the Department of Energy unveiled Summit, the world’s fastest supercomputer. Now the race is on to achieve the next significant milestone in processing power: exascale computing. “Our goal is to deliver as many breakthroughs as possible,” says Computing Sciences ALD Kathy Yelick, who is part of the leadership team coordinating the US initiative. More>

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Yelick Testifies Before House Science, Space, and Technology Committee

Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences Kathy Yelick is scheduled to testify in Washington D.C. on Thursday, July 12, before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The committee is conducting a hearing on “Big Data Challenges and Advanced Computing Solutions.” Go here to read the testimony. The hearing will be livestreamed at 7 a.m. PST. More> 

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