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HPC People on the Move: Spring Break Edition

Dr. Lewey Anton

It’s me again–Dr. Lewey Anton. I’ve been commissioned by insideHPC to get the scoop on who’s jumping ship and moving on up in high performance computing. Find out what’s up with familiar names like Adalio Sanchez and Thomas Zacharia.

NERSC Honors HPC Achievement Award Winners

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This week NERSC announced the winners of its third annual HPC Achievement Awards. The awards recognize NERSC users who have demonstrated an innovative use of HPC resources to solve a scientific problem or whose work has had an exceptional impact on scientific understanding or society.

LBNL Joins OpenMP ARB

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This week Berkeley Lab joined the OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB), a group of leading hardware and software vendors and research organizations creating the standard for the most popular shared-memory parallel programming model in use today.

New Algorithm for Real-Time Simulations in Materials Research

Model of ion (Cl) collision with atomically thin semiconductor (MoSe2). Collision region is shown in blue and zoomed in; red points show initial positions of Cl. The simulation calculates the energy loss of the ion based on the incident and emergent velocities of the Cl.

Researchers at LBNL have have developed a new algorithm that opens the door for real-time simulations in atomic-level materials research. “By eliminating higher energy terms, you significantly reduce the dimension of your problem, and you can also use a bigger time step,” explained Wang, describing the key to the algorithm’s success: Solving the equations in bigger time steps reduces the computational cost and increases the speed of the simulations.

Usable Exascale and Beyond Moore’s Law

Berkeley Lab’s Deputy Director, Horst Simon

“Over the last five years HPC performance growth has been slowing measurably, and in this presentation several reasons for this slowdown will be analyzed. To reach usable exascale performance over the next decade, some fundamental changes will have to occur in HPC systems architecture. In particular, a transition from a compute centric to a data movement centric point of view needs to be considered. Alternatives including quantum and neuromorphic computing have also been considered. The prospects of these technologies for post-Moore’s Law supercomputing will be explored.”

Science at the Theater: 8 Big Ideas for a Better Planet

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“At Berkeley Lab, we pride ourselves on great, socially responsible ideas. But can we explain them in a way that non-scientists can understand — and applaud — in only 8 minutes? The answer is yes and we proved it on October 8th at Oakland’s Kaiser Theater as 8 Berkeley Lab scientists took the stage and brought the latest science on everything from solar-powered vaccine refrigerators and cool roof maps to radiation pills and space dust.”

LBNL Researchers Work on New Materials to Shrink Computer Chips

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Are we approaching the end of Moore’s Law? In this video, Berkeley Lab Staff Scientist Deirdre Olynick describes how the Lab is working to develop new new photoresist materials that will enable computer chips to get smaller and faster.

Supercomputing and the Search for Supernovae

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In this video, Berkeley Lab’s Peter Nugent presents: “Supercomputing and the search for supernovae.” The talk was part of the Eight Big Ideas night, where eight Berkeley Lab scientists presented eight game-changing concepts in eight minutes each.