Breaking Ground on the Computational Research and Theory Facility
Jon Bashor, Jbashor@lbl.gov, +1 510-486-5849
Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, along with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and University of California leaders, broke ground on the Lab’s Computational Research and Theory (CRT) facility, Wednesday, Feb. 1. The CRT will be at the forefront of high-performance supercomputing research and be DOE’s most efficient facility of its kind.
Joining Secretary Chu as speakers were Berkeley Lab Director Paul Alivisatos, University of California President Mark Yudof, Energy Department's Office of Science Director Bill Brinkman, and UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. The festivities were emceed by Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences, Kathy Yelick. The speeches were followed by the symbolic “shovel and hard hat” photo opportunity.
The CRT will include an approximately 140,000 gross-square-foot, $145 million computer facility and office structure and associated infrastructure. The facility will accommodate up to approximately 300 staff and bring together these world-class programs within the Computing Sciences Division of Berkeley Lab under one roof, for the first time:
Secretary Chu also used the occasion to highlight President Obama’s State of the Union address and the administration’s commitment to America's leadership in scientific innovation, particularly in the area of energy.