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NERSC Burst Buffer Paper Honored at CUG 2016

A new paper outlining NERSC's Burst Buffer Early User Program and the center’s pioneering efforts to test drive the technology using real science applications on Cori Phase 1 has won the Best Paper award at this year’s Cray User Group meeting. » Read More

Could Aluminum Nitride Produce Quantum Bits?

The leading method for creating quantum bits, or qubits, currently involves exploiting the structural defects in diamonds. But using NERSC resources, researchers found that the same defect could be engineered in cheaper aluminum nitride. If confirmed, this could significantly reduce the cost of manufacturing quantum technologies. » Read More

2D 'Flat' Boron Yields Superconducting Surprise

Two-dimensional boron is a natural low-temperature superconductor and it may be the only 2D material with that potential. Researchers discovered this trait after running simulations at NERSC. The finding could revolutionize the manufacture of small superconducting circuits. » Read More

Better Model of Tropical Disturbance Could Improve Downpour Predictions

Better understanding one kind of tropical disturbance, the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), is vital for accurately forecasting weather in Western India and the El Niño/La Niña cycle on U.S. West Coast. That's why researchers are using NERSC resources and field data to improve existing MJO models. » Read More

Some Flaws May Improve Solar Cells

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are using supercomputers to study what may seem paradoxical: certain defects in silicon solar cells may actually improve their performance. » Read More

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A small sample of massively parallel scientific computing jobs running right now at NERSC.

Project Machine CPU Cores CPU Core Hours Used
Full Wave 3-D Modeling of RF Fields in Hot Magnetized Nonuniform Plasmas
 PI: Jin-Soo Kim, FAR-TECH Inc.
Edison 23,040
Accelerated Climate for Energy
 PI: William D. Collins, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Edison 9,000
Accelerated Climate for Energy
 PI: William D. Collins, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Edison 9,000
Numerical Algorithms and Parallel Implementations for Electronic and Nuclear Structure Analysis
 PI: Chao Yang, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Cori 2,560
Cosmic Microwave Background Data Analysis For The Planck Satellite Mission
 PI: Julian D. Borrill, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Cori 2,048

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HPC Transforms Cosmology

NERSC's Debbie Bard blogs about the role of HPC in advancing our understanding of the universe in Scientific Computing magazine.