Brookhaven National LaboratoryCoordinator: Nick D'Imperio
For more than 60 years, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) has been one of the nation’s — and the world’s — leading research institutions. Much of the Lab’s effort is directed at the study of the basic nature of matter, including subatomic particles and the structure of the atom. Some of the Lab’s research has produced extraordinarily useful technology. Seven Nobel-Prize-winning discoveries and countless other advances have their origins at Brookhaven, with applications in fields as diverse as medicine and national security. Today, Brookhaven has a staff of approximately 3,000 scientists, engineers, technicians and support staff.
Brookhaven houses several large-scale instruments and national user facilities including the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, the National Synchrotron Light Source I & II, the Center for Functional Nanomaterials. Each year, more than 4,000 scientists from U.S. and foreign universities, industry, and other U.S. government laboratories use Brookhaven’s unique facilities — machines available nowhere else in the world —to delve into the mysteries of physics, chemistry, materials, biology, energy, and the environment — and at the intersections of these disciplines. Brookhaven also hosts one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, IBM’s Blue Gene/Q. The Lab’s new system ranks fifth on the newly released Graph 500, a global measure of the supercomputers best equipped to handle data intensive calculations. Each of Brookhaven's three Blue Gene/Q racks has 16,384 cores, which are linked by an advanced interconnect system that allows data to flow with limited bottlenecks when handling data intensive tasks.
Possible Areas for Practicums:
- Computational Science Center
- Applied Mathematics / Computational Physics
- Computational Material Science
- Data-Intensive Computing
- Fluid Dynamics
- Networking Modeling and Simulations
- System Biology
- Theory and Computation Group at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials
- Computational Nanoscience
- Method Development in Electronic Structure Theory
- Environmental Sciences
- High Energy, Lattice Gauge, and Nuclear Theory
- Condensed Matter Physics and Material Science
For a list of selected practicum topics at BNL, please check the Google document “Brookhaven National Laboratory Practicum Information” on the DOE CSGF Practicum LinkedIn page or contact Dr. Yan Li (ynli[at]bnl.gov).