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Rare Supernova Discovery Ushers in New Era for Cosmology

Discovered! The first ever multiply-imaged gravitationally-lensed Type Ia supernova. With more of these events, researchers could measure the universe's expansion rate within four percent accuracy. Berkeley researchers do have a method for finding more. » Read More

Toward More Efficient Paper Manufacturing

Simulations run at NERSC as part of a unique collaboration between Berkeley Lab, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and an industry consortium could help U.S. paper manufacturers significantly reduce production costs and increase energy efficiencies. » Read More

Catching Extreme Waves

Using decades of global climate data generated at a spatial resolution of about 25 kilometers squared, researchers were able to capture the formation of tropical cyclones, also referred to as hurricanes and typhoons, and the extreme waves that they generate. » Read More

Machine Learning Method Could Accelerate Development of Metallic Materials for Aerospace

Using NERSC supercomputers, Berkeley Lab researchers built and trained machine learning algorithms to predict defect behavior in certain intermetallic compounds with high accuracy. » Read More

Simulations Reveal the Invisible Chaos of Superluminous Supernovae

Astrophysicists are running 2D simulations at NERSC to better understand the physical conditions that create rare superluminious supernovae. » Read More

NWChem’s Planewave Now “Purring” on Intel’s KNL Nodes

Berkeley Lab researchers have successfully added thread-level parallelism on top of MPI-level parallelism in the planewave density functional theory method within the popular software suite NWChem. An important step to ensuring that computational chemists are prepared to compute efficiently on next-generation exascale machines. » Read More

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

Project Machine Nodes NERSC Hours Used
Wall-Resolved Large Eddy Simulations of Transonic Shock-Induced Flow Separation
 PI: Mujeeb Malik, NASA Langley Research Center
Edison 1,764
NESAP: Extending the capabilities of Quantum Espresso for Cori
 PI: Paul R. Kent, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Cori KNL 1,280
Quantum Chromodynamics with four flavors of dynamical quarks
 PI: Doug Toussaint, University of Arizona
Cori KNL 648
Quantum Chromodynamics with four flavors of dynamical quarks
 PI: Doug Toussaint, University of Arizona
Cori KNL 648
Quantum Chromodynamics with four flavors of dynamical quarks
 PI: Doug Toussaint, University of Arizona
Edison 256
Gyrokinetic turbulence and transport: From basic understanding to truly predictive capability
 PI: Frank Jenko, University of California Los Angeles
Edison 128

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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.