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When Neutron Stars Collide

The aftermath of the collision of two neutron stars has been fully captured in a 3D computer model for the first time. » Read More

DOE to Build Next-Generation Supercomputer at Berkeley Laboratory

New Pre-Exascale System Will Be Named ‘Perlmutter’ in Honor of Lab’s Nobel Prize-Winning Astrophysicist » 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

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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
First-Principles Catalyst Design for Environmentally Benign Energy Production
 PI: Manos Mavrikakis, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Cori 1,100
Direct Numerical Simulations of Premixed Combustion under Intense Sheared Turbulence
 PI: Jacqueline Chen, Sandia National Laboratories - California
Edison 912
Improving Momentum Transport Processes in E3SM
 PI: Jadwiga Richter, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Edison 285
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 270
Quantum Chromodynamics with four flavors of dynamical quarks
 PI: Doug Toussaint, University of Arizona
Cori 128
Precision QCD calculations and event simulation for the Large Hadron Collider
 PI: Stefan Hoeche, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center - National Accelerator Laboratory
Cori 128
Modeling the Effects of Land Use and Land Cover Change at the Regional Scale
 PI: Maoyi Huang, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Cori 128

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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.