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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.

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Semantic Network Analysis and Cuneiform Intellectual History

Eduardo Escobar (right foreground) and Laurie Pearce (left foreground) at DHBSI, August 2015

For Eduardo Escobar, a PhD student in the Near Eastern Studies department, technology provides both a key theoretical concept and a set of practical tools for his dissertation on cuneiform “recipes” from between the second and first millennium BCE. These “recipes” are documents that share a predictable structure for transmitting procedural knowledge from an expert to a novice.

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Singularity 1.0 released: containerized applications on HPC clusters

Singularity web site (screen shot), 20 April 2016

On April 14, 2016, the release of Singularity 1.0 was announced by Greg Kurtzer, Linux Cluster Architect for Berkeley Research Computing (BRC) Program’s Savio cluster and LBNL’s HPC group.

Singularity provides a way for researchers and others to package together the artifacts of their computational workflows - one or more Linux applications, with all their dependencies - and run them successfully in a variety of other environments.

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April 2016 Consulting Summit

April 2016 Consulting Summit

On April 7th, approximately 40 staff from over 15 departments convened at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) for the second Consulting Summit for individuals tasked with supporting research and pedagogy. The Summit provides an opportunity to meet colleagues from other areas of campus, discuss approaches and best practices, and form working groups that aim to address common needs and challenges.

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