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Savio HPC cluster introductory training on August 2, 2016

Savio screenshot - available software modules

New and prospective users of Savio and other Berkeley Research Computing high performance computing (HPC) clusters (Cortex and Vector) are invited to attend an introductory training session on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. Topics will include a system overview and a review of basic cluster usage, such as logging in, accessing software, running jobs, and transferring files.

Theoretical chemists use Savio to build molecular computational models

Eric Neuscamman

“Well, I’m not safe near real chemicals,” says UC Berkeley Professor Eric Neuscamman, a theoretical chemist working to develop increasingly accurate and computationally cost-effective methods of modeling electron behavior in molecules. To inform chemists’ experimentation, theoretical chemists use supercomputers to solve complex mathematical equations, including the Schrödinger equation, that yield predictive models of what molecules will do in chemical reactions.

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Research IT staff to attend “Broadening Participation in Viz” Conference

BPViz'16 website

Quinn Dombrowski, Digital Humanities Coordinator in Research IT, recently received a travel support award to attend the Broadening Participation in Visualization 2016 (BPViz’16) conference at Purdue University on August 3-4. The theme of the conference is "Bridging Science, Technology and the Arts through Visualization", and Quinn will present a poster based on Professor Rita Lucarelli’s 3D visualizations of ancient Egyptian coffins. From the conference website:

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“CloudPowering DH Workshop” supports humanities applications of cloud computing

Humanities-oriented support for cloud computing at Berkeley has significantly expanded with help from the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) at the University of Victoria. Cody Hennesy, the campus E-Learning Librarian, and Brendan Mackie, a PhD student in the History department, attended the "CloudPowering DH Workshop", hosted by Compute Canada during the week of June 6th.

BRC program supports neutron transport research and advanced nuclear reactor design

Fission source distribution of a hexagonal array of UO2 pins in water calculated by WARP software.

To assess the stability and safety of proposed nuclear reactor designs, UC Berkeley nuclear engineers utilize the campus High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster, Savio, to predictively model the pathways of neutrons as they collide with atoms in the nuclear fuel. Kelly Rowland, a PhD student in Professor Rachel Slaybaugh’s lab, and a domain consultant with Berkeley Research Computing (BRC), develops and tests computational methods for simulating neutron motion.

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Berkeley News covers Savio-supported astrophysics research

The black hole at the center of the galaxy M87 produced a weak jet that could not break out of the galaxy, as seen in this radio image from 1989.

A recently-published Berkeley News article features astrophysicist Alexander Tchekhovskoy’s research on black hole jets, previously discussed in an interview with Berkeley Research Computing (BRC) Program Director Patrick Schmitz. The article incorporates both still images and video in order to illustrate the magnetic instabilities in certain jets that cause them to fall apart.