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Berkeley Lab Opens State-of-the-Art Facility for Computational Science

November 12, 2015

Shyh Wang Hall, a new center for advancing computational science and networking at research institutions and universities across the country, opened November 12 at Berkeley Lab. Read More »

National Labs Collaborate to Shape Development of Next-Generation Supercomputers

November 10, 2015

Three of the Department of Energy's leading national laboratories are working together to solve some of the world's most challenging problems by ensuring that the nation's scientific community has access to leading edge computing systems to carry out their research. Read More »

ESnet, NERSC Blaze 400G Production Network Path

November 10, 2015

The Department of Energy’s ESnet and NERSC have built a 400 gigabit-per-second super-channel, the first-ever 400G production link to be deployed by a national research and education network. Read More »

Berkeley Lab’s New Computing Sciences Facility Features First-of-Its-Kind Seismic Floor

November 9, 2015

When the new Wang Hall building at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is officially unveiled November 12, one of its most unique features will not be on display. In fact, it is tucked away beneath the floor of the CRT’s 20,000 square foot machine room, keeping the facility’s supercomputers and servers safe from potential damage during an earthquake. Read More »

Cray, AMPLab, NERSC Collaboration Targets Spark Performance on HPC Platforms

November 4, 2015

As data-centric workloads become increasingly common in scientific and industrial applications, a pressing concern is how to design large-scale data analytics stacks that simplify analysis of the resulting data. A new collaboration between Cray, researchers at UC Berkeley’s AMPLab and Berkeley Lab’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is working to address this issue. The need to build and study increasingly detailed models of physical phenomena has benefited from… Read More »

HPSS Disk Cache Upgrade Caters to Capacity

October 16, 2015

NERSC users today are benefitting from a business decision made three years ago by the center’s Storage Systems Group as they were looking to upgrade the High-Performance Storage System disk cache: rather than focus primarily on bandwidth challenges, why not improve capacity as well? Read More »

Hick Shifts Gears in NERSC’s Storage Systems Group, Takes on New Role

October 7, 2015

Jason Hick, who has been Group Lead of the Storage Systems Group (SSG) at NERSC since first coming to the center in 2006, has decided to return to his roots as a senior storage engineer. Read More »

NERSC Hosts 150 HPC Experts as they Prepare for Intel’s Xeon Phi Processor

October 6, 2015

About 150 members of the high performance computing community spent four days preparing for the next generation of processor architectures at the 2015 IXPUG (Intel Xeon Phi Users Group) meeting at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Read More »

Early Users to Test New Burst Buffer on Cori

October 5, 2015

NERSC has selected a number of HPC research projects to participate in the center’s new Burst Buffer Early User Program, where they will be able to test and run their codes using the new Burst Buffer feature on the center’s newest supercomputer, Cori. Read More »

New DOE Office of Science support for CAMERA to develop computational mathematics for experimental facilities research

September 22, 2015

The Department of Energy has announced approval of a joint ASCR-BES-supported award of $10.5 million over three years to expand the Center for Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA). Read More »

Berkeley Lab Climate Software Honored for Pattern Recognition Advances

September 17, 2015

TECA, the Toolkit for Extreme Climate Analysis developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to help climate researchers detect extreme weather events in large datasets, has been recognized for its achievements in solving large scale pattern recognition problems. Read More »

Berkeley Lab Joins DOE’s New HPC4Manufacturing Program

September 15, 2015

Berkeley Lab is collaborating with Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge national laboratories to lead a new Department of Energy program designed to fund and foster public-private R&D projects that enhance U.S. competitiveness in clean energy manufacturing. Read More »

Berkeley Lab Highlights HPC at Advanced Manufacturing Event

September 14, 2015

Peter Nugent, Division Deputy for Scientific Engagement in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division, and David Skinner, who leads NERSC’s Strategic Partnerships effort, are participating this week in the third annual 2015 American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit, where they will be discussing the increasing role of high performance computing in U.S. manufacturing. The two-day summit is being hosted September 15-16, 2015 in Washington, DC by the Council on… Read More »

NERSC Staff Honored with Director’s Awards for Exceptional Achievement

September 14, 2015

Five employees in the Computing Sciences organization staff, including NERSC's Brent Draney and Lynn Rippe, are recipients of this year’s Director’s Award for Exceptional Achievement. The honorees will be recognized at a future Lab awards ceremony and reception. Read More »

NERSC Accelerates Scientific Analysis with SciDB

August 26, 2015

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 NERSC’s implementation of SciDB comes in. Read More »

‘Shifter’ Makes Container-based HPC a Breeze

August 11, 2015

To facilitate the use of container-based computing in HPC, NERSC is enabling Docker-like container technology on its systems through its new, customized - and soon to be open source - software tool, Shifter. Read More »

Computing Sciences Staff Help East Bay High Schoolers Upgrade their Summer

August 6, 2015

Thirty-eight students from 10 East Bay high schools registered for Laney College's eight-week "Upgrade: Computer Science Program." Berkeley Lab and NERSC's participation grew out of a career pathways workshop where Jon Bashor of Computing Sciences met Laney College’s Johnnie Williams, who developed and led the program. Read More »

First NESAP Post-doc Takes on BoxLib

June 22, 2015

The first of eight post-doctoral researchers participating in the NERSC Exascale Science Applications Program (NESAP) joined the NESAP team May 18. Read More »

David Turner to Retire from NERSC User Services Group

June 17, 2015

Long-time User Services Group consultant David Turner is hanging up his headset after 17 years at NERSC. Read More »

Francesca Verdier to Leave NERSC after 19 Years in User Services, Allocations

June 10, 2015

After 19 years at NERSC and many more than that in HPC, Francesca Verdier--currently NERSC’s allocations manager--will retire in June 2015. Read More »

NERSC, Cray Move Forward With Next-Generation Scientific Computing

April 22, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center and Cray Inc. announced today that they have finalized a new contract for a Cray XC40 supercomputer that will be the first NERSC system installed in the newly built Computational Research and Theory facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Read More »

MyNERSC Gives Users Easier Access to Data, Jobs, Wait Times

April 6, 2015

MyNERSC, a web-based portal that provides NERSC users with real-time information on their jobs, disk usage, allocations and queue wait times, is garnering rave reviews following recent upgrades that have broadened its functionality and streamlined its ease of use. Read More »

Former NERSC Consultant Mentors Math, Computer Science Students

March 10, 2015

Frank Hale, a former consultant in NERSC’s User Services Group (USG) who currently tutors math at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA, recently brought a group of computer science enthusiasts from the college to NERSC for a tour. Read More »

NERSC Users Learn Code Optimization Tips and Tricks at 1st Hackathon

March 6, 2015

A one-day "Hack-A-Thon" held February 25 at NERSC’s Oakland Scientific Facility during the annual NERSC Users Group (NUG) meeting has been deemed a rousing success by organizers and attendees alike. Read More »

NERSC Honors Third Annual HPC Achievement Award Winners

February 24, 2015

NERSC announced the winners of its third annual High Performance Computing Achievement Awards February 24, 2015, during the annual NERSC User Group meeting at Berkeley Lab. Read More »

NERSC Implements Organizational Changes to Better Address Evolving Data Environment

February 23, 2015

NERSC is making several organizational changes to help the center’s 6,000 users more productively manage their data-intensive research. The changes took effect Monday, Feb. 23. Read More »

Local High School Students Tour NERSC

February 17, 2015

In February, two groups of students from East Bay high schools descended on the Oakland Scientific Facility to learn more about supercomputing and networking. Read More »

NERSC Seeks Industry Partners for Collaborative Research

January 28, 2015

NERSC has launched a private sector partnership program to make its computing capabilities available to industry partners working in key technology areas that support the DOE mission. Read More »