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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

Supercomputer Helps Model 3D Map of Adolescent Universe

Berkeley Lab researchers were part of a team that recently demonstrated a novel technique for high-resolution universe maps that mimics medical CT scans. » Read More

An Unusual Death for Ancient Stars

Certain primordial stars—those between 55,000 and 56,000 solar masses—may have died unusually. In death, these objects would have exploded as supernovae and burned completely, leaving no remnant black hole behind. » 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
Center for Edge Physics Simulation: SciDAC-3 Center
 PI: Choong-Seock Chang, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Edison 33,600
Lattice QCD Monte Carlo Calculation of Hadronic Structure and Spectroscopy
 PI: Keh-Fei Liu, University of Kentucky
Edison 20,640
Hadron-Hadron Interactions with Lattice QCD
 PI: Martin J. Savage, University of Washington
Edison 16,896
CASCADE: CAibrated and Systematic Characterization, Attribution and Detection of Extremes
 PI: Michael F. Wehner, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Hopper 7,680
CASCADE: CAibrated and Systematic Characterization, Attribution and Detection of Extremes
 PI: Michael F. Wehner, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Hopper 7,680
Dark Energy Survey
 PI: Salman Habib, Argonne National Laboratory
Carver 256

 

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Did You Know?

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina (Aug. 23-30, 2005), DOE's Office of Science allocated 400,000 supercomputing hours at NERSC to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans to run simulations of hurricane protection projects.