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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

Hot Plasma Partial to Bootstrap Current

Calculations run at NERSC shed light on a plasma behavior known as the self-generated current, which could help reduce fusion reactor costs. » Read More

'Thirsty' Metals Could Increase Battery Lifetimes

Using supercomputing resources at NERSC, researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have demonstrated how to stabilize aluminum, calcium and magnesium ions, which they say could double or triple the amount of charge that can be stored in a battery. » Read More

Wolf-Rayet Becomes a Supernova

For the first time ever, scientists have direct confirmation that a Wolf-Rayet star—sitting 360 million light years away in the Bootes constellation—died in a violent explosion known as a Type IIb supernova. This work was possible thanks to the iPTF survey, which uses resources at NERSC. » Read More

Next Generation of Supercomputing Headed to NERSC

NERSC is partnering with Cray and Intel to develop a next-generation supercomputer that will enhance extreme-scale scientific discovery. The system will be named “Cori” in honor of bio-chemist Gerty Cori, the first American woman to receive a Nobel Prize in science. » 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
Climate Change Simulations with CESM: Moderate and High Resolution Studies
 PI: Warren M. Washington, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Edison 60,480
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 16,416
Imaging of Seismic Wavefields in Complex Hetrogeneous Media at Unprecedented Details and Scales
 PI: Gregory A. Newman, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Hopper 9,504
Imaging of Seismic Wavefields in Complex Hetrogeneous Media at Unprecedented Details and Scales
 PI: Gregory A. Newman, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Hopper 9,504
Center at LBNL for Integrative Modeling of the Earth System (CLIMES)
 PI: William D. Collins, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Edison 4,104
Understanding the catalytic properties of composite nanocatalyst materials using density functional theory
 PI: Bin Liu, Kansas State University
Carver 112

 

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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.