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Berkeley lab nabs computer funding

Bay City News
Thursday August 16, 2001

The U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory announced today that it has received nearly $2 million this year and expects to receive an additional $6 million over the next three years to participate in an advanced computing program. 

According to the lab, the money will be used to develop new tools and technologies for a $57 million Department of Energy program called Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing.  

Of the 51 programs funded nationwide, scientists at the Berkeley lab will lead six and be key partners in six others. 

Some of the programs the Berkeley lab will work on include developing software for terascale computing, which is the task of performing trillions of calculations per second, finding better, more efficient ways to use high-end computer systems and working on the Department of Energy Science Grid.  

The grid is a multi-laboratory project that links the high-end computers of several organizations to perform complicated calculations. 

Laboratory Director Charles Shank said, “Berkeley Lab is home to the world’s most powerful unclassified supercomputer as well as some of the world’s most advanced scientific research facilities.” 

He went on to say, “With these research projects now under way,  

The Department of Energy is poised to redefine how scientific research is conducted.”