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Breaking the Exaop Barrier

Computational scientists from Lawrence Berkeley and Oak Ridge national laboratories and engineers from NVIDIA have, for the first time, demonstrated an exascale-class deep learning application that has broken the exaop barrier. » Read More

NERSC Recognized by NASA for Contributions to Planck Mission

NERSC staff was honored with a NASA Group Achievement Award for their HPC support of the Planck Space Mission, which pushed the limits of HPC and cosmology. » Read More


A Big Data Center collaboration between NERSC, Intel and Cray has yielded another first in the quest to apply deep learning to data-intensive science: CosmoFlow, the first large-scale science application to use the TensorFlow framework on a CPU-based HPC platform with synchronous training. » Read More

Pickled Power

Computer simulations reveal that an additive commonly used to extend the life of Li-On batteries works because of a chemical reaction similar to pickling. » Read More

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Computing at NERSC

Now Computing

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

Project Machine Nodes NERSC Hours Used
Investigating climate-biogeochemistry feedbacks with the Department of Energy's next- generation high-resolution Earth system model
 PI: Peter Thornton, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Edison 285
partnership center for high-fidelity boundary plasma simulation: scidac-4 center
 PI: Choong-Seock Chang, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)
Cori 256
psi scidac: predicting the performance and impact of dynamic pfc surfaces
 PI: Brian D. Wirth, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Edison 175
Advanced Technology Group: (CoDEx) CoDesign for Exascale
 PI: John M. Shalf, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Edison 140
Optimizing stellarators for energetic particle confinement
 PI: Samuel Lazerson, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)
Cori 128
Calibrated and Systematic Characterization Attribution and Detection of Extremes
 PI: Travis A. O'Brien, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Cori 108
Frontiers in Accelerator Design: Advanced Modeling for Next-Generation BES Accelerators
 PI: Robert Ryne, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Cori 100

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'Bubbles' the Cray-2

In 1985, NERSC was the first to install the Cray-2, then the fastest computer in the world. Today, an iPad has more processing power. The Cray-2 was nicknamed "Bubbles" for its unique liquid cooling system.