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Deciphering the Cosmos with HPC Simulations

Using supercomputers at NERSC, scientists in the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument collaboration are creating simulated universes to better understand real-world observations. » Read More

Heavy Metal: How First Supernovae Altered Early Star Formation

An international team of astrophysicists and cosmologists ran simulations at NERSC to examine how the first supernovae influenced star formation and the evolution of the universe. » Read More

Predicting a New Material for High-Power, High-Efficiency LEDs

Using predictive atomistic calculations and high-performance supercomputers at NERSC, University of Michigan researchers found that incorporating the element boron into the widely used InGaN (indium-gallium nitride) material can keep electrons from becoming too crowded in LEDs, making the material more efficient at producing light. » Read More

The Mystery of the Star That Wouldn’t Die

Supercomputers at NERSC helped an international team of scientists decipher one of the most bizarre spectacles ever seen in the night sky: A supernova that refused to stop shining, remaining bright far longer than an ordinary stellar explosion. » Read More

Decoding the Universe’s Heavy Elements in the Light from a Neutron Star Merger

Scientists have obtained the first measurement of the merger of two neutron stars and its explosive aftermath. Computer simulations at NERSC were critical for understanding the event, which could provide valuable insights into the origin of universe’s heavy elements. » 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 Nodes NERSC Hours Used
Accelerated Climate for Energy
 PI: William D. Collins, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Cori KNL 1,550
Computational studies in plasma physics and fusion energy
 PI: Abhay K. Ram, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Edison 910
Computational studies in plasma physics and fusion energy
 PI: Abhay K. Ram, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Edison 903
Computational studies in plasma physics and fusion energy
 PI: Abhay K. Ram, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Edison 896
Accelerated Climate for Energy
 PI: William D. Collins, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Cori KNL 402
Portable Application Development for Next Generation Supercomputer Architectures
 PI: T. P. Straatsma, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Cori KNL 256

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Did You Know?

Saul Perlmutter—a professor of physics at UC Berkeley and a faculty senior scientist at Berkeley Lab—was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for his 1998 discovery that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate. He confirmed his observations by running thousands of simulations at NERSC, and his research team is believed to have been the first to use supercomputers to analyze and validate observational data in cosmology.