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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

DOE Project Taps HPC for Next-Generation Climate Modeling

New ACME project to use high performance computing to develop and apply the most complete climate and Earth system model to address the most challenging and demanding climate change issues. » Read More

Photon Speedway Puts Big Data in the Fast Lane

A series of experiments conducted at SLAC Lab's Linac Coherent Light Source is shedding new light on the photosynthetic process and demonstrating how light sources and supercomputing facilities can be linked via a “photon science speedway” to address emerging challenges in massive data analysis. » 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
Quantum Monte Carlo for Electronic Structure of Molecules
 PI: William A. Lester, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Hopper 16,440
Particle Acceleration by Ultra-Intense Lasers
 PI: Daniel F. Gordon, Naval Research Lab
Edison 16,392
Imaging of Seismic Wavefields in Complex Hetrogeneous Media at Unprecedented Details and Scales
 PI: Gregory A. Newman, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Hopper 9,216
Predicting Ice Sheet and Climate Evolution at Extreme Scales
 PI: Esmond G. Ng, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Edison 1,080
Hadron-Hadron Interactions with Lattice QCD
 PI: Martin J. Savage, University of Washington
Edison 528
Structure, Energetics and Dynamics of Metal, Including Alloy, Nanoparticles; Interactions of Clusters with Molecules and Surfaces
 PI: Julius Jellinek, Argonne National Laboratory
Carver 256


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Did You Know?

In May 2012, NERSC’s Franklin system, a Cray XT4, retired after 5 years of service. In 2007 Franklin was ranked 9th on the TOP500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers.