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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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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
Theory of nanostructured materials
 PI: Jeffrey Neaton, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Edison 18,360
Accelerated Climate for Energy
 PI: William D. Collins, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Edison 9,600
NERSC Staff Accounts
 PI: Sudip S. Dosanjh, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab - NERSC
Edison 8,208
Global Radiation Hydrodynamic Simulations of Massive Star Envelope
 PI: Yanfei Jiang, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Cori 2,048
Cosmological Simulations for Sky Surveys
 PI: Julian D. Borrill, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Cori 2,048

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Did You Know?

George Smoot, professor of physics at UC Berkeley & an astrophysicist at Berkeley Lab, won the 2006 Nobel Prize for physics for his cosmic microwave background radiation data analysis. He used NERSC supercomputers to confirm predictions of the Big Bang theory.