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Dula Parkinson to Present on ALS and Superfacility for NERSC@50

June 10, 2024

By Elizabeth Ball

Dula Parkinson

Dula Parkinson is the Program Lead for Diffraction and Imaging at the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at Berkeley Lab.

The NERSC@50 seminar series continues on June 17 with Dula Parkinson, the Program Lead for Diffraction and Imaging at the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a proud NERSC user since 2010. The seminar, in honor of NERSC’s 50th anniversary, will take place at 1:30 p.m. PDT on Zoom.

The Advanced Light Source and other upgraded accelerators produce brighter x-ray beams that support new science and faster experiments — which can produce massive amounts of data. Parkinson will discuss the ways in which the ALS and NERSC have collaborated to produce powerful, intuitive computing tools, with an emphasis on the Superfacility model and its impact on ALS science from the deep earth to deep space.

After completing a PhD in physical chemistry at UC Berkeley in 2006, Parkinson was a postdoctoral fellow with Carolyn Larabell, using soft X-ray nano-tomography to collect 3D images of single cells. In 2010, he became a beamline scientist at the ALS, leading the Hard X-ray micro-Tomography program at Beamline 8.3.2, working with ALS users to image a variety of samples. Since that time, he has been involved in efforts to connect experimental and computational facilities and provide users with access to powerful computing and data management resources through intuitive interfaces.

NERSC@50 seminars are held remotely on Zoom and open to Berkeley Lab staff, NERSC users, and the public.

About NERSC and Berkeley Lab
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility that serves as the primary high performance computing center for scientific research sponsored by the Office of Science. Located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, NERSC serves almost 10,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities researching a wide range of problems in climate, fusion energy, materials science, physics, chemistry, computational biology, and other disciplines. Berkeley Lab is a DOE national laboratory located in Berkeley, California. It conducts unclassified scientific research and is managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy. »Learn more about computing sciences at Berkeley Lab.