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UC Berkeley Hosts ‘Love Data Week’ Feb. 12-16

Love Data Week 2018 is a nationwide campaign designed to raise awareness about data visualization, management, sharing, and preservation. UC Berkeley’s University Library, Research-IT department, and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science are hosting activities on campus. Go here for more information and to register.

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Making Blockchains Even More Robust

Blockchain – a technology used for verifying and recording digital transactions – blasted into public consciousness with the rise of Bitcoin. A team of researchers has developed a new protocol called BChain, which makes private blockchain even more robust. They are also looking to adapt the tool to support DOE Office of Science applications. More>

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The Quest to Develop Quantum Computers

A Science Magazine piece on DOE’s efforts to build a quantum computer quotes Berkeley Lab’s Wibe de Jong and Irfan Siddiqi. The machines hold great promise for some problems, researchers say, such as those that involve modeling or simulating inherently quantum mechanical processes. More>

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Lab-Led HPC Projects Honored With Innovation Awards

Two Berkeley Lab-led data science projects — Celeste and Galactos — were each honored with a 2017 HPC Innovation Excellence Award from Hyperion Research. The award honors “outstanding application of HPC for business and scientific achievements.” Celeste speeds up sky surveys for astronomy research. Galactos uses breakthrough calculations for the cosmological study of galaxies.

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Beta of Neurodata Without Borders Software Now Available

Neuroscientists can now explore a beta version of the Neurodata Without Borders: Neurophysiology software and offer input to developers before it is fully released next year. The Lab’s Oliver Ruebel and Andrew Tritt developed the software in collaboration with Kristofer Bouchard, and with additional support from UCSF researchers. More>

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How Supercomputers Will Help Accelerate The Emerging Energy Economy

Forbes magazine conbributor Peter Kelly-Detwiler met with Lab Deputy Director Horst Simon and Kristin Persson (Energy Technologies Area) earlier this fall and visited the Lab’s Cori supercomputer. Supercomputing and materials science are becoming critical tools in the evolution to a clean-energy economy, he writes. More>

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Recent Lab Workshop Explores Quantum Information Science

On Oct. 25, Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley scientists gathered for a daylong workshop focused on enhancing connections across the Berkeley community related to quantum information science (QIS). Quantum computing could help solve some of science’s hardest problems in chemistry, materials, and other disciplines. More than two dozen talks were presented. More>

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Nanoscale Virus Features Reconstructed From Correlations of Scattered X-rays

As part of an international team, Lab researchers with the Center for the Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA) contributed key algorithms which helped achieve a goal first proposed more than 40 years ago – using angular correlations of X-ray snapshots from non-crystalline molecules to determine the 3D structure of important biological objects. More>

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Lab Hosts Nov. 17 West Coast ROM Workshop

The 2017 West Coast ROM Workshop, a CAMERA-sponsored event, will be held on Nov. 17 at Berkeley Lab. The workshop aims to bring together local researchers to discuss advances in the field of reduced-order modeling and to initiate new collaborations. We invite those interested to register. Registration is free, but enrollment is limited. More>

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Exascale Co-Design Center Bears Early Fruit

Just one year after DOE’s Exascale Computing Program began funding projects to prepare scientific applications for exascale supercomputers, the Block-Structured Adaptive Mesh Refinement Co-Design Center has released a new version of its software that solves a benchmark problem hundreds of times faster than the original baseline. More>

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