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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.

BRC Program supports Astrophysicists’ research on black holes

Alexander (Sasha) Tchekhovskoy, UC Berkeley

Berkeley astrophysicists harnessed the campus supercomputing cluster, Savio, to make important advances in understanding how black holes behave. Working with Berkeley Research Computing (BRC) staff to tune their software to the Savio environment, Alexander Tchekhovskoy was able to produce findings published in six journal articles even in the face of unanticipated restrictions in his allocation on nationally-run supercomputing infrastructure.

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Camille Villa departing Research IT

Cindy Nguyen and Camille Villa at DH Faire 2016

At the end of April 2015, Camille Villa will be departing Research IT and the Digital Humanities at Berkeley program to pursue new directions in her career.

Camille got involved with digital humanities as an undergraduate. One of her first major contributions to Berkeley’s digital humanities program was suggesting the Free Speech Movement as the topic for a spring 2014 hackathon. The resulting #HackFSM event is still talked about today.