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Novel Algorithms Help Illuminate Dark Energy

Using NERSC supercomputers, Berkeley researchers developed novel computational tools to help the Dark Energy Survey identify and monitor Type 1a supernovae. » Read More

Optimized Algorithms Boost Combustion Research

Turbulent combustion simulations, which play an important role in the design of fuel-efficient combustion systems such as diesel engines, have gotten their own efficiency boost. » Read More

Supercomputers Fuel Global High-Resolution Climate Models

Not long ago, it would have taken several years to run a high-resolution simulation on a global climate model. But using supercomputing resources at NERSC, Berkeley Lab climate scientist Michael Wehner was able to complete a run in just three months. » Read More

How Atomic Vibrations Transform Vanadium Dioxide

A team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory used NERSC supercomputers to confirm an important advancement in understanding a classic transition-metal oxide, vanadium dioxide, by quantifying the thermodynamic forces driving the transformation. » Read More

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

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
spin-orbit configuration interaction of heavy transition metal-oxo moieties
 PI: Jeffrey Tilson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hopper 96,000
Structure and Reactions of Hadrons and Nuclei; Non-perturbative Solutions of Strongly Interacting Particles and Fields
 PI: James P. Vary, Iowa State University
Hopper 9,216
Investigations of advanced ignition physics and extreme states of matter
 PI: Warren Mori, University of California Los Angeles
Edison 2,016
Density of liquid water from ab initio simulations
 PI: Biswajit Santra, Princeton University
Edison 1,200
Understanding of the dynamics and energetics of molecular processes in cell signaling
 PI: Harel Weinstein, Cornell University
Edison 1,032
Structure, Energetics and Dynamics of Metal, Including Alloy, Nanoparticles; Interactions of Clusters with Molecules and Surfaces
 PI: Julius Jellinek, Argonne National Laboratory
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.