Researcher Profile

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.

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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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.