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Electrolyte Genome Could Be Battery Game-Changer

The Materials Project hosted at NERSC is taking some of the guesswork out of discovering new battery materials with the Electrolyte Genome. » Read More

Big Neuron

Big Neuron will sponsor a series of hackathons to find a standard 3D neuron reconstruction algorithm. NERSC, ORNL and Human Brain Project supercomputing centers will provide resources to support this effort. » Read More

Organic Photovoltaics Experiments Showcase 'Superfacility' Concept

A collaborative effort linking the Advanced Light Source at Berkeley Lab with supercomputing resources at NERSC and the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility via ESnet is yielding exciting results that could transform the way researchers use these facilities and improve scientific productivity in the process. » Read More

Berkeley Lab Study Confirms Amassing CO₂ Heats Earth’s Surface

Analysis of a decade of atmospheric data helps scientists detect an increase in carbon dioxide’s greenhouse effect at the Earth’s surface. The culprit? Fossil fuel emissions. » Read More

New Algorithm Enables Faster Simulations of Ultrafast Processes

An enhancement to the real-time time-dependent density function theory code opens the door for real-time simulations in atomic-level materials research. » Read More

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Now Computing

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

Project Machine CPU Cores CPU Core Hours Used
Calibrated and Systematic Characterization Attribution and Detection of Extremes
 PI: Travis A. Obrien, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Hopper 24,360
SciDAC GSEP: Gyrokinetic Simulation of Energetic Particle Turbulence and Transport
 PI: Zhihong Lin, University of California Irvine
Hopper 12,816
Quantum Chromodynamics with four flavors of dynamical quarks
 PI: Doug Toussaint, University of Arizona
Edison 6,144
Quantum Chromodynamics with four flavors of dynamical quarks
 PI: Doug Toussaint, University of Arizona
Edison 6,144
Application of Kinetic Closures in NIMROD for Fusion Plasma Simulations
 PI: Eric Held, Utah State University
Edison 5,184
Computational Characterization of Porous Materials
 PI: Berend Smit, University of California Berkeley
Carver 512

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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 cooling system.