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Building on its capabilities in data-intensive computing and computational science, Brookhaven National Laboratory is embarking upon a major new Computational Science Initiative.

Advances in computational science, data management and analysis have been a key factor in the success of Brookhaven Lab's scientific programs at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS), the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN), and in biological, atmospheric, and energy systems science, as well as our collaborative participation in international research endeavors, such as the ATLAS experiment at Europe's Large Hadron Collider.

The Computational Science Initiative (CSI) brings together under one umbrella the expertise that has driven this success to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations to address the next generation of scientific challenges posed by facilities such as the new National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS II). A particular focus of CSI's work will be the research, development and deployment of novel methods and algorithms for the timely analysis and interpretation of high volume, high velocity, heterogeneous scientific data created by experimental, observational and computational facilities to accelerate and advance scientific discovery. CSI is hereby taking an integrated approach, providing capabilities from leading edge research to multi-disciplinary teams that deliver operational data analysis capabilities to the scientific user communities.

Enabling Capabilities

Computer Science and Mathematics—fundamental research into novel methods and algorithm in support of large-scale, multi-modal, and streaming data analysis. Novel solutions for long term data curation and active reuse. Approaches to enable energy efficient, extreme-scale numerical modeling specifically in computational materials science, chemistry, lattice quantum chromo dynamics and fusion.

The BNL Scientific Data and Computing Center, housing the latest systems in high-performance and data-intensive computing, data storage, and networking, offering everything from novel research platforms to highly reliable production services.

Translational Capabilities

The Computational Science Laboratory, a collaborative space for the development of advanced algorithms and their characterization and optimization, also brings together computer scientists, mathematicians, and leading computational scientists to develop next-generation numerical simulation models

The Center for Data Driven Discovery (C3D), a multi-disciplinary center for the development, deployment, and operation of data-intensive discovery services for science, national security, and industry

A Multi-disciplinary, Collaborative Approach

The CSI philosophy is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to scientific research and development, with research targeted at and informed by the key challenges observed in close interactions with our clients in science, national security agencies, and industry. Our success is measured in equal parts by the advancement we can bring to computer science and mathematics, as well as by the transformational impact we have on our clients’ mission space.

The CSI brings together under one umbrella the expertise that fosters cross-disciplinary collaboration and makes optimal use of existing technologies, while also leading the development of new tools and methods that will benefit science both within and beyond the Laboratory. Key partners include nearby universities such as Columbia, Cornell, New York University, Stony Brook, and Yale, as well as IBM Research.

Strategic Partnerships

Computational scientists at Brookhaven will also seek to establish partnerships with key players in academia and industry (e.g. Stony Brook University’s Institute for Advanced Computational Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, IBM, and Intel). One existing example of a successful partnership is the collaboration of Brookhaven Lab’s high-energy and nuclear physics research groups with IBM that led to the development of the BlueGene supercomputing architecture now used on the world’s most powerful commercially available supercomputers.

More about strategic partnerships
  1. FEB



    Computational Science Intiative Event

    "Modeling-based co-design of Exascale systems and applications"

    Presented by Adolfy Hoisie, PNNL

    11 am, John Dunn Seminar Room, Bldg. 463

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 11:00 am

    Hosted by: Kerstin Kleese van Dam

    In this presentation we will describe accurate tools of co-design for Exascale systems and application, centered around modeling of performance and power. Methodologies to be considered, developed in our Performance and Architecture Lab (PAL), are practical, accurate, and allow for the possibility of addressing the problem for full systems and applications. A particular emphasis will be placed on applying models to a variety of design and optimization uses for computing at extreme-scale.

  2. MAR



    Computational Science Intiative Event

    "Exploring the Scientific and Technical Information and Data Needs Of Researchers and DOE"

    9 am, Location to be determined

    Thursday, March 10, 2016, 9:00 am

    Representatives from the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) will visit Brookhaven National Laboratory on March 10th for a 1-day meeting. OSTI's Mission is to make R&D findings available and useful to Department of Energy researchers and the public to advance scientific discovery and its translation into innovative solutions that will impact society. R&D findings are hereby defined as: Scientific and Technical Information incl. publications, software, data, patents and multi-media material (e.g. video's). This meeting will explore how lab-based scientists use scientific and technical information (STI), data, and supplemental material in the workflow of their research efforts. DOE's Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) will describe their role and responsibilities in collecting, preserving, and disseminating STI, as well as specific OSTI tools and services. OSTI will seek to gain a better understanding of the STI and data needs of researchers for the purpose of making OSTI tools and services (and their STI content) more useful and integrated to meet those needs, while fulfilling DOE's public access and dissemination mandates. The meeting will include an overview of OSTI services, followed by a number of dedicated breakout sessions to discuss the requirements of specific science domains: • Energy Sciences Department • Nuclear and Particle Physics Department • Environment, Biology, Nuclear Science & Nonproliferation Department • Early Career Researchers Contact Lauri Peragine,, Ext. 7090 for details.

  3. JUN



    P^3MA Workshop

    "First International Workshop on Performance Portable Programming Models for Accelerators (P^3MA)"

    7:30 am, Frankfurt, Germany

    Thursday, June 23, 2016, 7:30 am

    The workshop will provide a forum for bringing together researchers, vendors, users and developers to brainstorm aspects of heterogeneous computing and its various tools and techniques. High-Level programming models offer scientific applications a path onto HPC platforms without an undue loss of portability or programmer productivity. For example, using directives, application developers can port their codes to accelerators incrementally while minimizing code changes. Other approaches include Domain Specific Languages, C++ metaprogramming, and runtimes APIs being developed for Exascale which are starting to emerge. Although these approaches aim to introduce abstraction without performance penalty, programming challenges are still manyfold especially with their designs, implementations and application porting experiences on rapidly evolving hardware, some with diverse memory subsystems.