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OSCARS wins R&D100 Award

OSCARS, the On-demand Secure Circuits and Reservation System, was honored with a 2013 R&D100 Award. The Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) led the development of OSCARS, which is a software service that creates dedicated bandwidth channels for scientists who need to move massive, time-critical datasets around the world. More>

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Throwing a Lifeline to Scientists Drowning in Data

New computational techniques developed at Berkeley Lab may help save scientists from drowning in their own data. Computational scientists at the Lab have figured out how to streamline the analysis of enormous scientific datasets using a new method called Distributed Merge Trees. More>

Thriving Tundra Bushes Add Fuel to Northern Thaw

Carbon-gobbling plants are normally allies in the fight to slow climate change, but in the frozen north, the effects of thriving vegetation may actually push temperatures higher. More>


New to Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences

Introducing: Brooklin Gore, Mark Adams, Eric Hoffman, Amir Kamil and David Tooker. More>

Papers by ESnet, CRD Staff Nominated for Best Paper Awards at SC13 Conference

Two technical papers co-authored by Computing Sciences staff have been nominated for “Best Paper” awards at the SC13 conference to be held Nov. 17-22 in Denver. Of the 92 accepted papers, eight were nominated for Best Paper and eight for Best Student Paper. The two finalists are “The Science DMZ: A Network Design Pattern for Data-Intensive Science,” authored by ESnet's Eli Dart, Lauren Rotman, Mary Hester along with Jason Zurawski (formerly of Internet2); and “Exploring the Future of Out-Of-Core Computing with Compute-Local Non-Volatile Memory," co-authored by Berkeley Lab Computational Research Division's (CRD) Hasan Metin Aktulga, John Shalf and Chao Yang. Find out more about the Science DMZ in this HPCWire interview with Dart.

Sherry Li is Invited Lecturer at Gene Golub SIAM Summer School

Xiaoye “Sherry” Li of the Scientific Computing Group in the Computational Research Division is one of five invited lecturers for the 2013 Gene Golub SIAM Summer School to be held Aug. 5-9 at Fudan University in Shanghai. The program is sponsored by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) through an endowment from the estate of Gene Golub, a professor of computer science at Stanford University and one of the preeminent numerical analysts of his generation. More>

East Bay Consortium of Educational Insitutions Visits Berkeley Lab

About 50 students from the East Bay Consortium of Educational Institutions visited Berkeley Lab on July 26, 2013 to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Deb Agarwal, who heads CRD's Advanced Computing for Sciences Department, welcomed the group and gave a brief overview of Berkeley Lab. Andy Nonaka (CRD) talked about his research in computational cosmology; Ben Bowen (Life Sciences Division) talked about mass spectrometry and Susan Amrose (Environmental Energy Technology Division) talked about engineering for economic and social development. The visit culminated with a tour of the Advanced Light Source led by Christine Beavers, Bruce Rude, Thomas Scarvie and Doug Taube. CRD's Sarah Poon organized the visit. See the photos.

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Network World: Startup Morphs Berkeley Lab's 'Bro' into Commercial Platform

Robin Sommer (CRD) and Vern Paxon (formerly of CRD) have founded a company called Broala to expand an open-source intrusion detection system created at Berkeley Lab. Known simply as "Bro" the system has been used for security monitoring in high-speed research networks for about two decades, most notably at ESnet for the last 15 years. In Network World, the founders say they intend to maintain Bro’s open-source heritage but also to expand its core open source code to include newer applications. More>

Berkeley Science Review: New computers resolve clouds while keeping cool

A Berkeley Science Review story describes how computer scientists from Berkeley Lab’s CRD and UC Berkeley's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department are developing a customized system called Green Flash, where hardware and software are designed together, to run climate simulations that are both accurate and more energy efficient than ever before. The HPCwire story quotes Michael Wehner (CRD). More>

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