Driven by rapid technological advances within the past two decades, computing
and high-speed networking have emerged as powerful tools for science and are
even changing the ways in which modern science is conducted. DOE is a national
leader in the scientific computing field–supporting fundamental research in
advanced scientific computing, applied mathematics, computer science, and
networking. The DOE computational infrastructure provides world-class,
high-performance computational and networking tools that enable scientific,
energy, environmental, and national security research.
Scientists have released an 'expansion pack' for a virtual tour of the universe that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own computer. The latest version of the publicly accessible images of the sky, which can be viewed using an interactive Sky Viewer tool, roughly doubles the size of the searchable universe from the project's original release in May.
In early December, the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory hosted the first in a series of week-long 'hackathons,' a code brainstorming session attended by nearly 40 computer scientists and software developers from several DOE Office of Science User Facilities, including those at Argonne, Berkeley, Oak Ridge and SLAC national laboratories.
The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.