NERSCPowering Scientific Discovery Since 1974

An Unusual Death for Ancient Stars

Certain primordial stars—those between 55,000 and 56,000 solar masses—may have died unusually. In death, these objects would have exploded as supernovae and burned completely, leaving no remnant black hole behind. » Read More

Big Data = Big Storage Challenges

Since first opening its doors in 1974, NERSC has been an innovator in data storage and management. The same holds true today. » Read More

Photon Speedway Puts Big Data in the Fast Lane

A series of experiments conducted at SLAC Lab's Linac Coherent Light Source is shedding new light on the photosynthetic process and demonstrating how light sources and supercomputing facilities can be linked via a “photon science speedway” to address emerging challenges in massive data analysis. » Read More

Take a "Scroll" Down Memory Lane

Visit our new 40th anniversary timeline. Find out what Disney movie was filmed at NERSC; take a tour of the machine room of the 1990s; uncover staff's 1983 holiday wishlist (hint: some things don't change), and more. » Read More

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center

Computing at NERSC

Now Computing

A small sample of massively parallel scientific computing jobs running right now at NERSC.

Project Machine CPU Cores CPU Core Hours Used
Validation Studies of Gyrokinetic Simulations to Understand the Coupling of Ion and Electron Scale Turbulence in Tokamak Plasmas
 PI: Chris Holland, University of California San Diego
Edison 32,832
Climate Change Simulations with CESM: Moderate and High Resolution Studies
 PI: Gerald Meehl, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Edison 18,576
Hadron-Hadron Interactions with Lattice QCD
 PI: Martin J. Savage, University of Washington
Hopper 16,896
Exploration of Hadron Structure using Lattice QCD
 PI: John W. Negele, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hopper 16,392
Charm-quark and bottom-quark mass tuning for lattice QCD heavy-light physics.
 PI: Paul B. Mackenzie, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Edison 6,144
Understanding the nature of atomic scale magnetism on different surfaces using DFT
 PI: Shruba Gangopadhyay, IBM Almaden Research Center
Carver 256


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Did You Know?

Saul Perlmutter—a professor of physics at UC Berkeley and a faculty senior scientist at Berkeley Lab—was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for his 1998 discovery that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate. He confirmed his observations by running thousands of simulations at NERSC, and his research team is believed to have been the first to use supercomputers to analyze and validate observational data in cosmology.