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Data, data, everywhere

https://newsline.llnl.gov/_rev02/articles/2009/nov/11.06.09-SLAC.phpAs a scientist, I have a love/hate relationship with data. When I don’t have enough data, life can be very difficult. When there’s too much, I feel like I’m drowning in a sea of numbers and pixels. Faced with the latter problem, a Berkeley researcher recently came up with a brilliant solution: share it!

Filipe Maia, a postdoc with LBNL’s Petascale Initiative, created a public database for people to browse and share their treasure troves of images taken with x-ray lasers. That’s right, I said x-ray lasers (as if lasers weren’t cool enough already). The Coherent X-ray Imaging Data Bank (CXIDB) aims to make the most of the terabytes of imaging data that is produced each day by researchers at particle accelerators around the world. That’s 1012 zeros and ones– put them together, and you get pictures of single molecules in motion. Because the laser pulse is so fast, it can capture snapshots of atoms as they move around. As you can imagine, scientists are using this opportunity and taking as many snapshots as they can, which means a LOT of data (thus the need for petascale computing, i.e. 1015 zeros and ones at a time).

Piper Promotes: Molecular Foundry Call for Proposals Due July 15, 2012

The Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has a Call for Proposals with a submission deadline of Sunday, July 15, 2012. The projected award date for selected proposals will be October 1, 2012.

The Molecular Foundry is a Department of Energy-funded program providing support to researchers from around the world whose work can benefit from or contribute to nanoscience. Calls for Proposals allow users access to many scientists and instrumentation, including the Advanced Light Source (ALS), National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM), the Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genomic Institute (JGI), and National Energy Research Science Computing Center (NERSC).

The Foundry is moving to a Spring/Autumn Call for Proposals next year, which means that there will be no Winter 2012 Call for Proposals. After the current Call for Proposals, the next call will not occur until Spring 2013.

Further information can be found at The Molecular Foundry Home Page, TMF Data-base Log in Page, and the Foundry Staff Scientists and Support Personnel. Questions should be directed to the User Program Manager (DABunzow@lbl.gov or 510-486-4674).

The 2012 Annual Users Meeting will be October 4 & 5, 2012.