NERSCPowering Scientific Discovery Since 1974

Celeste: A New Model for Cataloging the Universe

A Berkeley Lab-based research collaboration of astrophysicists, statisticians and computer scientists has unveiled Celeste, a statistical inference model designed to enhance one of modern astronomy’s most time-tested tools: sky surveys. » Read More

Volcanic Hotspots Linked to Mantle Plumes

Using CT scans and simulations run at NERSC, seismologists have conclusively connected plumes of hot rock rising through the mantle with surface hotspots that generate volcanic island chains like Hawaii. » Read More

NERSC Accelerates Scientific Analysis with SciDB

Tackling extreme data challenges will require a system that is easy enough for any scientist to use, that can effectively harness the power of ever more powerful supercomputers, and that is unified and extendable. This is where NERSC’s implementation of SciDB comes in. » Read More

Ice Sheet Model Reveals Most Comprehensive Projections for West Antarctica’s Future

BISICLES simulations run at NERSC help researchers estimate ice loss and sea level rise. » 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
Nucleon structure and 6 quark states on the lattice and nuclear matter
 PI: Andre Walker-Loud, College of William & Mary
Edison 38,592
Lattice QCD Study of the Structure of Light Nuclei
 PI: Martin J. Savage, University of Washington
Hopper 16,896
Lattice QCD Study of the Structure of Light Nuclei
 PI: Martin J. Savage, University of Washington
Hopper 16,896
Validation Studies of Gyrokinetic Simulations to Understand the Coupling of Ion and Electron Scale Turbulence in Tokamak Plasmas
 PI: Chris Holland, University of California San Diego
Edison 16,416
Numerical Simulations of Nanocrystals, Interfaces, Grain Boundaries in Complex Materials
 PI: Juan C. Idrobo, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Hopper 8,232
Three dimensional magnetic reconnection
 PI: Cihan Akcay, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Edison 6,912

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'Bubbles' the Cray-2

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. The Cray-2 was nicknamed "Bubbles" for its unique liquid cooling system.