NERSCPowering Scientific Discovery Since 1974

Clocking the Early Universe

By analyzing the light of distant quasars, two teams of scientists have found that 10.8 billion years ago, the Universe was expanding by one percent every 44 million years. » Read More

Lilliputian LEDs

Nanostructures half the breadth of a DNA strand could improve the efficiency of light emitting diodes and help solve the most daunting problem facing white LED lighting today: the green gap. » Read More

Climate Change Reduces Chance of Flooding in Okavango Delta

Researchers at the University of Cape Town, Berkeley Lab and the United Nations Development Programme have analyzed how human-induced climate change has affected recent flooding in an ecologically and geographically unique river basin in southern Africa—the Okavango River. » Read More

Petascale Post-Doc Project a Supercomputing Success Story

The first post-doctoral research project centered at NERSC is being credited with helping its participants advance their careers and boosting the state-of-the-art in high performance scientific computing software applications. » 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
Center for Edge Physics Simulation: SciDAC-3 Center
 PI: Choong-Seock Chang, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Edison 24,576
Quantum Chromodynamics with four flavors of dynamical quarks
 PI: Doug Toussaint, University of Arizona
Edison 18,432
Quantum Chromodynamics with four flavors of dynamical quarks
 PI: Doug Toussaint, University of Arizona
Edison 18,432
continuing studies of plasma based accelerators
 PI: Warren Mori, University of California Los Angeles
Hopper 8,208
Ultrafast magnetization in ferromagnets
 PI: Guoping Zhang, Indiana State University
Hopper 6,144
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.