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Diamond Imperfections Pave the Way to Technology Gold

Using ultrafast 2D electronic spectroscopy, Berkeley Lab researchers have recorded unprecedented observations of energy moving through the atom-sized diamond impurities known as nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers. Their results provide information on NV centers that is important for such highly promising advanced technologies as supersensitive detections of magnetic fields and quantum computing.

On the Road to Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computing:

An international collaboration at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source has induced high temperature superconductivity in a toplogical insulator, an important step on the road to fault-tolerant quantum computing.

Berkeley Lab Wins Eight 2013 R&D 100 Awards

A generator that uses a virus to convert mechanical energy to electricity and a new material that will boost power storage in rechargeable batteries by 30 percent are among eight inventions by Berkeley Lab scientists that were honored with a 2013 R&D 100 Award, often dubbed the “Oscars of Innovation.”

Berkeley Lab Study Finds Moving Select Computer Services to the Cloud Promises Significant Energy Savings

A six-month study led by Berkeley Laboratory, with funding from Google, has found that moving common software applications used by 86 million U.S. workers to the cloud could save enough electricity annually to power Los Angeles for a year.

Berkeley Lab Researchers Increase NMR/MRI Sensitivity through Hyperpolarization of Nuclei in Diamond

Berkeley Lab researchers have demonstrated the first magnetically-controlled nearly complete hyperpolarization of the spins of carbon-13 nuclei located near synthetic defects in diamond crystals. This spin hyperpolarization, which can be carried out with refrigerator-style magnets at room temperature, enhances NMR/MRI sensitivity by many orders of magnitude.

Meeting the Computing Challenges of Next-Generation Climate Models

Berkeley Lab recently hosted an international workshop that brought together top climatologists, computer scientists and engineers from Japan and the United States to exchange ideas for the next generation of climate models as well as the hyper-performance computing environments that will be needed to process the data from those models. It was the 15th in a series of such workshops that have been taking place around the world since 1999.

Computer Simulations Yield Clues to How Cells Interact With Surroundings

Berkeley Lab scientists have developed a computer model of a protein that helps cells interact with their surroundings. Like its biological counterpart, the virtual integrin snippet is about twenty nanometers long. It also responds to changes in energy and other stimuli just as integrins do in real life. The result is a new way to explore how the protein connects a cell’s inner and outer environments.

ESnet’s New Map Gives Up-to-the-Minute Network Data

A new interactive map developed by the Department of Energy’s ESnet (Energy Sciences Network) provides a detailed, up-to-the-minute look at the level of traffic traversing the various sections of the network as it connects 40 research sites around the country. ESnet is currently the world’s fastest coast-to-coast science network with a national backbone with 100

How Computers Push on the Molecules They Simulate

Computer simulations are essential to test theories and explore what’s inaccessible to direct experiment. Digital computers can’t use exact, continuous equations of motion and have to slice time into chunks, so persistent errors are introduced in the form of “shadow work” that distorts the result. Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley scientists have learned to separate the physically realistic aspects of the simulation from the artifacts of the computer method.

Phase 1 of New Edison Supercomputer Arrives at NERSC

Phase 1 of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)’s newest supercomputer, named Edison, has made its way to Berkeley Lab. The architecture is a Cray XC30 (“Cascade”) and will be installed in two phases. When it’s fully installed in 2013, Edison will have a peak performance of more than 2 petaflops (a petaflop