"The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is the flagship scientific computing facility for the Office of Science in the U.S. Department of Energy. As one of the largest facilities in the world devoted to providing computational resources and expertise for basic scientific research, NERSC is a world leader in accelerating scientific discovery through computation. NERSC is located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California." (source: http://www.nersc.gov/about/).
In the Fall 2009, we assembled a data set containing 1,074,790 unique manga pages. We then used our custom software system running on a supercomputer at at (NERSC) to analyze visual features of these pages (funded by Humanities High Performance Award from NEH Digital Humanities Office.) Currently we are working on a series of articles which discuss our methods and discoveries - as well as the larger theoretical questions around quantitative analysis of large sets of cultural visual data.
Last week we visited Oakland Scientific Facility (part of NERSC) to present our research and discuss strategies for further collaboration. The visit was organized by Dr. Daniela Ushizima. Daniela who is a member of Analytics/Visualization and Math groups in Computation Research at the Lauwrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She was responsible for getting our project going at NERSC which was no small task. Thank you, Daniela!
Photo: Daniela, Lev, and Jeremy in front of one of supercomputers at NERSC.