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Seeing the Big Picture in Photosynthesic Light Harvesting

Researchers have created the first computational model to simulate the light-harvesting activity thousands of antenna proteins interacting in the chloroplast of a leaf. » Read More

Supernova Twins: Making Standard Candles More Standard Than Ever

Using a sample of nearby supernova "twins" and employing a new modeling method run on NERSC’s Edison supercomputer, researchers have doubled the accuracy of distance measurements to these interstellar milemarkers. » Read More

Physicists ID Mechanism that Stabilizes Plasma in Tokamaks

Running 3D simulations at NERSC, a team of physicists led by Stephen Jardin of the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has discovered a mechanism to prevent the electrical current flowing through fusion plasma from repeatedly peaking and crashing. This "sawtooth cycle" can cause instabilities in the plasma's core. » Read More

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

Project Machine CPU Cores CPU Core Hours Used
Structure and Reactions of Hadrons and Nuclei; Non-perturbative Solutions of Strongly Interacting Particles and Fields
 PI: James P. Vary, Iowa State University
Edison 36,624
Quantum Chromodynamics with four flavors of dynamical quarks
 PI: Doug Toussaint, University of Arizona
Edison 18,432
Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Protein Dynamics and Lignocellulosic Biomass
 PI: Jeremy C. Smith, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Cori 15,360
3D Extended MHD simulation of fusion plasmas
 PI: Stephen C. Jardin, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)
Cori 6,144
PSI SciDAC: Bridging from the Surface to the Micron Frontier
 PI: Brian D. Wirth, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Edison 4,200

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