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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
Gyrokinetic turbulence and transport: From basic understanding to truly predictive capability
 PI: Frank Jenko, University of California Los Angeles
Edison 27,648
Lattice QCD Monte Carlo Calculation of Hadronic Structure and Spectroscopy
 PI: Keh-Fei Liu, University of Kentucky
Edison 21,888
Lattice QCD Monte Carlo Calculation of Hadronic Structure and Spectroscopy
 PI: Keh-Fei Liu, University of Kentucky
Edison 20,736
Electronic structure and spectroscopic properties of complex materials
 PI: Wai-Yim Ching, University of Missouri - Kansas City
Cori 2,624
Consequences of cloud super-parameterization for land-atmosphere coupling physics
 PI: Michael S. Pritchard, University of California Irvine
Cori 2,176

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Did You Know?

A Cray-1 supercomputer at the National Magnetic Fusion Energy Computer Center (now known as NERSC) was featured in Disney’s 1982 movie “Tron.”