NERSCPowering Scientific Discovery Since 1974

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

Stroll Down Memory Lane

NERSC@40: Step back in time with photos, stories and newsletters that date as far back as NERSC's founding in 1974. Bellbottoms and sideburns optional. » 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
Quantum Chromodynamics with four flavors of dynamical quarks
 PI: Doug Toussaint, University of Arizona
Edison 24,576
Microbial Genome and Metagenome Data Processing and Analysis
 PI: Nikos Kyrpides, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Hopper 24,000
QCD Thermodynamics at High Temperature
 PI: Alexei Bazavov, Brookhaven National Lab
Edison 16,392
Computational Materials Theory
 PI: G. Malcolm Stocks, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Hopper 16,080
Hadron-Hadron Interactions with Lattice QCD
 PI: Martin J. Savage, University of Washington
Edison 5,568
Understanding of the dynamics and energetics of molecular processes in cell signaling
 PI: Harel Weinstein, Cornell University
Carver 256


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Did You Know?

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 cooling system.