NERSCPowering Scientific Discovery Since 1974

An Unusual Death for Ancient Stars

Certain primordial stars—those between 55,000 and 56,000 solar masses—may have died unusually. In death, these objects would have exploded as supernovae and burned completely, leaving no remnant black hole behind. » Read More

Supercomputer Helps Model 3D Map of Adolescent Universe

Berkeley Lab researchers were part of a team that recently demonstrated a novel technique for high-resolution universe maps that mimics medical CT scans. » Read More

Big Data = Big Storage Challenges

Since first opening its doors in 1974, NERSC has been an innovator in data storage and management. The same holds true today. » Read More

Take a "Scroll" Down Memory Lane

Visit our new 40th anniversary timeline. Find out what Disney movie was filmed at NERSC; take a tour of the machine room of the 1990s; uncover staff's 1983 holiday wishlist (hint: some things don't change), and more. » Read More

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center

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
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 32,832
Particle Acceleration by Ultra-Intense Lasers
 PI: Daniel F. Gordon, Naval Research Lab
Hopper 32,784
Core-Collapse Supernova Simulations
 PI: Stan E. Woosley, University of California Santa Cruz
Hopper 15,600
Study of the Internal Dynamics of ITER
 PI: Stephen C. Jardin, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Edison 6,144
Cosmic Microwave Background Data Analysis For The Planck Satellite Mission
 PI: Julian D. Borrill, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Edison 6,144
Development of Numerical Geostatiscal Inversion Code Under the Integrated Field Research Challenge Project at the Hanford 300 area
 PI: Yoram Rubin, University of California Berkeley
Carver 512


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Did You Know?

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 cooling system.