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Berkeley Lab Opens State-of-the-Art Facility for Computational Science

November 12, 2015

Shyh Wang Hall, a new center for advancing computational science and networking at research institutions and universities across the country, opened November 12 at Berkeley Lab. Read More »


ESnet, NERSC Blaze 400G Production Network Path

November 10, 2015

The Department of Energy’s ESnet and NERSC have built a 400 gigabit-per-second super-channel, the first-ever 400G production link to be deployed by a national research and education network. Read More »

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National Labs Collaborate to Shape Development of Next-Generation Supercomputers

November 10, 2015

Three of the Department of Energy's leading national laboratories are working together to solve some of the world's most challenging problems by ensuring that the nation's scientific community has access to leading edge computing systems to carry out their research. Read More »


Berkeley Lab’s New Computing Sciences Facility Features First-of-Its-Kind Seismic Floor

November 9, 2015 | Tags: Cori, Edison, Engineering

When the new Wang Hall building at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is officially unveiled November 12, one of its most unique features will not be on display. In fact, it is tucked away beneath the floor of the CRT’s 20,000 square foot machine room, keeping the facility’s supercomputers and servers safe from potential damage during an earthquake. Read More »

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Cray, AMPLab, NERSC Collaboration Targets Spark Performance on HPC Platforms

November 4, 2015 | Tags: Analytics Group, Data

As data-centric workloads become increasingly common in scientific and industrial applications, a pressing concern is how to design large-scale data analytics stacks that simplify analysis of the resulting data. A new collaboration between Cray, researchers at UC Berkeley’s AMPLab and Berkeley Lab’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is working to address this issue. The need to build and study increasingly detailed models of physical phenomena has benefited from… Read More »

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HPSS Disk Cache Upgrade Caters to Capacity

October 16, 2015 | Tags: Data, HPSS, Storage Systems Group

NERSC users today are benefitting from a business decision made three years ago by the center’s Storage Systems Group as they were looking to upgrade the High-Performance Storage System disk cache: rather than focus primarily on bandwidth challenges, why not improve capacity as well? Read More »


Hick Shifts Gears in NERSC’s Storage Systems Group, Takes on New Role

October 7, 2015

Jason Hick, who has been Group Lead of the Storage Systems Group (SSG) at NERSC since first coming to the center in 2006, has decided to return to his roots as a senior storage engineer. Read More »


NERSC Hosts 150 HPC Experts as they Prepare for Intel’s Xeon Phi Processor

October 6, 2015

About 150 members of the high performance computing community spent four days preparing for the next generation of processor architectures at the 2015 IXPUG (Intel Xeon Phi Users Group) meeting at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Read More »


Early Users to Test New Burst Buffer on Cori

October 5, 2015 | Tags: Burst Buffer, Cori

NERSC has selected a number of HPC research projects to participate in the center’s new Burst Buffer Early User Program, where they will be able to test and run their codes using the new Burst Buffer feature on the center’s newest supercomputer, Cori. Read More »


New DOE Office of Science support for CAMERA to develop computational mathematics for experimental facilities research

September 22, 2015 | Tags: Math & Computer Science

The Department of Energy has announced approval of a joint ASCR-BES-supported award of $10.5 million over three years to expand the Center for Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA). Read More »


Berkeley Lab Climate Software Honored for Pattern Recognition Advances

September 17, 2015 | Tags: Climate Research, Computer Science, Data, ESnet

TECA, the Toolkit for Extreme Climate Analysis developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to help climate researchers detect extreme weather events in large datasets, has been recognized for its achievements in solving large scale pattern recognition problems. Read More »


Berkeley Lab Joins DOE’s New HPC4Manufacturing Program

September 15, 2015

Berkeley Lab is collaborating with Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge national laboratories to lead a new Department of Energy program designed to fund and foster public-private R&D projects that enhance U.S. competitiveness in clean energy manufacturing. Read More »

Berkeley Lab Highlights HPC at Advanced Manufacturing Event

September 14, 2015

Peter Nugent, Division Deputy for Scientific Engagement in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division, and David Skinner, who leads NERSC’s Strategic Partnerships effort, are participating this week in the third annual 2015 American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit, where they will be discussing the increasing role of high performance computing in U.S. manufacturing. The two-day summit is being hosted September 15-16, 2015 in Washington, DC by the Council on… Read More »


NERSC Staff Honored with Director’s Awards for Exceptional Achievement

September 14, 2015 | Tags: Awards

Five employees in the Computing Sciences organization staff, including NERSC's Brent Draney and Lynn Rippe, are recipients of this year’s Director’s Award for Exceptional Achievement. The honorees will be recognized at a future Lab awards ceremony and reception. Read More »


NERSC Accelerates Scientific Analysis with SciDB

August 26, 2015 | Tags: Computer Science

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 »

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‘Shifter’ Makes Container-based HPC a Breeze

August 11, 2015 | Tags: Computer Science, Data

To facilitate the use of container-based computing in HPC, NERSC is enabling Docker-like container technology on its systems through its new, customized - and soon to be open source - software tool, Shifter. Read More »

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Computing Sciences Staff Help East Bay High Schoolers Upgrade their Summer

August 6, 2015 | Tags: Outreach

Thirty-eight students from 10 East Bay high schools registered for Laney College's eight-week "Upgrade: Computer Science Program." Berkeley Lab and NERSC's participation grew out of a career pathways workshop where Jon Bashor of Computing Sciences met Laney College’s Johnnie Williams, who developed and led the program. Read More »


First NESAP Post-doc Takes on BoxLib

June 22, 2015

The first of eight post-doctoral researchers participating in the NERSC Exascale Science Applications Program (NESAP) joined the NESAP team May 18. Read More »


David Turner to Retire from NERSC User Services Group

June 17, 2015

Long-time User Services Group consultant David Turner is hanging up his headset after 17 years at NERSC. Read More »


Francesca Verdier to Leave NERSC after 19 Years in User Services, Allocations

June 10, 2015

After 19 years at NERSC and many more than that in HPC, Francesca Verdier--currently NERSC’s allocations manager--will retire in June 2015. Read More »


NERSC, Cray Move Forward With Next-Generation Scientific Computing

April 22, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center and Cray Inc. announced today that they have finalized a new contract for a Cray XC40 supercomputer that will be the first NERSC system installed in the newly built Computational Research and Theory facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Read More »


MyNERSC Gives Users Easier Access to Data, Jobs, Wait Times

April 6, 2015

MyNERSC, a web-based portal that provides NERSC users with real-time information on their jobs, disk usage, allocations and queue wait times, is garnering rave reviews following recent upgrades that have broadened its functionality and streamlined its ease of use. Read More »


Former NERSC Consultant Mentors Math, Computer Science Students

March 10, 2015

Frank Hale, a former consultant in NERSC’s User Services Group (USG) who currently tutors math at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA, recently brought a group of computer science enthusiasts from the college to NERSC for a tour. Read More »

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NERSC Users Learn Code Optimization Tips and Tricks at 1st Hackathon

March 6, 2015 | Tags: Training

A one-day "Hack-A-Thon" held February 25 at NERSC’s Oakland Scientific Facility during the annual NERSC Users Group (NUG) meeting has been deemed a rousing success by organizers and attendees alike. Read More »

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NERSC Honors Third Annual HPC Achievement Award Winners

February 24, 2015

NERSC announced the winners of its third annual High Performance Computing Achievement Awards February 24, 2015, during the annual NERSC User Group meeting at Berkeley Lab. Read More »


NERSC Implements Organizational Changes to Better Address Evolving Data Environment

February 23, 2015

NERSC is making several organizational changes to help the center’s 6,000 users more productively manage their data-intensive research. The changes took effect Monday, Feb. 23. Read More »


Local High School Students Tour NERSC

February 17, 2015

In February, two groups of students from East Bay high schools descended on the Oakland Scientific Facility to learn more about supercomputing and networking. Read More »


NERSC Seeks Industry Partners for Collaborative Research

January 28, 2015

NERSC has launched a private sector partnership program to make its computing capabilities available to industry partners working in key technology areas that support the DOE mission. Read More »


NERSC Wins HPCWire Editors' Choice Award

November 19, 2014

NERSC was awarded HPCWire’s 2014 Editors’ Choice Award for Best HPC Collaboration Between Government & Industry for its partnership with Intel and Cray in preparation for Cori, the Cray XC supercomputer slated to be deployed at NERSC in 2016. Read More »


SC14 DOE Booth Presentations by NERSC, Berkeley Lab Staff

November 17, 2014

At the DOE booth (#1939) during the SC14 conference this week, NERSC and Berkeley Lab staff will give featured talks, present demonstrations and host roundtable discussions. Read More »


NERSC Scientists Contribute to SC14 Technical Program

November 17, 2014

Here's a look at the various talks, presentations, tutorials and demos that NERSC and other Berkeley Lab staff will be participating in during SC14. Read More »

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A Comprehensive Look at High Performance Parallel I/O

November 10, 2014 | Tags: Computer Science, Data

In this era of “big data,” high performance parallel I/O is extremely important. Yet, the last book to summarize best practices in this area was written more than 10 years ago. To fill the void, Berkeley Lab's Prabhat and HDF Group's Quincey Koziol brought together leading practitioners, researchers, software architects, developers and scientists to contribute their insights for a new book called “High Performance Parallel I/O.” Read More »


Cybersecurity Expert Jim Mellander Retiring from NERSC

October 22, 2014 | Tags: NERSC

Jim Mellander, senior cyber security engineer at NERSC, is retiring November 1. He’s been with the center since 2009 and affiliated with Berkeley Lab for nearly 15 years. Read More »


NERSC Hosts Application Readiness and Portability Meeting with OLCF and ALCF

September 25, 2014

Over 30 staff members from NERSC, Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility and Argonne Leadership Computing Facility met at Berkeley Lab’s Oakland Scientific Facility September 24-25 to coordinate strategies for application readiness in preparation for the next generation of supercomputers. Read More »

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John Shalf Gives Talk at San Francisco High Performance Computing Meetup

September 17, 2014

In his role as NERSC’s chief technology officer, John Shalf gave a talk on “Converging Interconnect Requirements for HPC and Warehouse Scale Computing at San Francisco High Performance Computing Meetup. Read More »


Kjiersten Fagnan Appointed NERSC/JGI Engagement Lead

September 1, 2014

Kjiersten Fagnan has been named the NERSC/JGI Engagement Lead for Joint Genome Institute computational and data analysis efforts carried out at NERSC. Read More »


Prabhat Steps In as DAS Group Lead

September 1, 2014

Prabhat has been named Group Lead of the Data and Analytics Services (DAS) Group at NERSC. Read More »


NERSC Selects 20 NESAP Code Teams

August 25, 2014 | Tags: Cori, Exascale

NERSC has accepted 20 projects into the NERSC Exascale Scientific Applications Program, a new collaborative effort that partners NERSC, Intel and Cray resources with code teams across the U.S. to prepare for Cori, the center’s next-generation supercomputer. Read More »


NERSC Launches Next-Generation Code Optimization Effort

August 11, 2014 | Tags: Cori, Exascale, Training

The new NERSC Exascale Science Applications Program (NESAP) is a robust application readiness effort launched to support NERSC’s next-generation supercomputer, Cori Read More »


Ten Projects Awarded NERSC Allocations under DOE’s ALCC Program

June 24, 2014 | Tags: NERSC

Under the Department of Energy’s ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge program, 10 research teams at national laboratories and universities have been awarded 382.5 million hours of computing time at the NERSC. Read More »


NERSC Marks 40th Anniversary with Series of Lectures on Nobel Prize-Winning Science

June 19, 2014 | Tags: NERSC

To mark its 40th anniversary, NERSC presented a series of four invited talks featuring NERSC users whose research had led to Nobel prizes. Read More »


Berkeley Lab to Collaborate with Intel in Updating Scientific Applications for Manycore Architectures

June 18, 2014

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been named an Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC), a collaboration with Intel aimed at adapting existing scientific applications to run on future supercomputers built with manycore processors. Such supercomputers will have millions of processor cores, but today’s applications aren’t designed to take advantage of this architecture. Read More »

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Nobel Keynote Lecture Series at Berkeley Lab

June 4, 2014

As part of its 40th Anniversary celebration NERSC is sponsoring a series of lectures describing the research behind four Nobel Prizes from Laureates who are also long-time NERSC users. Read More »


Peter Nugent Named Deputy for Scientific Engagement

June 3, 2014 | Tags: Math & Computer Science, Outreach

eter Nugent has been appointed Deputy for Scientific Engagement in Berkeley Lab’s CRD. In his new role, Nugent will work with CRD and Computing Sciences leadership to develop and implement a strategy for engaging with other Berkeley Lab scientific divisions in need of computational solutions for data-intensive science projects. Read More »


NERSC, Cray, Intel to Collaborate on Next-Generation Supercomputer

April 29, 2014 | Tags: NERSC

Scheduled for delivery in mid-2016, the new Cray XC system will deliver 10x the sustained computing capability of NERSC’s Hopper system, further enhancing scientific discovery at the Department of Energy's Office of Science. Read More »


Petascale Post-Doc Project a Supercomputing Success Story

March 24, 2014 | Tags: NERSC, Petascale Postdocs

The first post-doctoral research project centered at NERSC is being credited with helping its participants advance their careers and boosting the state-of-the-art in high performance scientific computing software applications. Read More »


NERSC Gateways Pave Way for ‘Team Science’

March 12, 2014 | Tags: NERSC, Science Gateways

Computational scientists at NERSC work with researchers around the globe to develop online tools that are changing the way they compute and collaborate Read More »


20th Century Reanalysis Project Featured in HPCWire Podcast

March 11, 2014

Long-time NERSC user Dr. Gil Compo and the 20th Century Reanalysis project were featured March 10 in an HPCWire podcast. Read More »


NERSC, LBL Researchers Share Materials Science Advances at APS

March 3, 2014 | Tags: Materials Science, NERSC

NERSC and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) were well represented at the American Physical Society (APS) March meeting, March 3-7 in Denver, CO. Read More »


Memorial Gathering Pending for NERSC’s Michael Welcome

February 4, 2014

A celebration of life is pending for Michael Welcome, a member of NERSC’s Mass Storage Group, who collapsed at work on Thursday, Jan. 30, and subsequently died. Welcome spent his entire career working for computing organizations at Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories. He was 56. Read More »


NERSC Announces Second Annual HPC Achievement Awards

February 4, 2014

NERSC announced the winners of its second annual High Performance Computing (HPC) Achievement Awards on Feb. 5, 2014, during the annual NERSC User Group meeting at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Read More »


Early Edison Users Deliver Results

Before any supercomputer is accepted at NERSC, scientists are invited to put the system through its paces during an “early science” phase. While the main aim of this period is to test the new system, many scientists are able to use the time to significantly advance their work. Read More »


Edison Electrifies Scientific Computing

January 31, 2014 | Tags: Edison

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center recently accepted “Edison,” a new flagship supercomputer designed for scientific productivity. Named in honor of American inventor Thomas Alva Edison, the Cray XC30 will be dedicated in a ceremony held at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) on Feb. 5, and scientists are already reporting results. Read More »


NERSC Celebrates 40 Years at the Forefront

January 29, 2014 | Tags: NERSC

This year, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is celebrating yet another milestone: its 40th anniversary. Read More »


David Skinner Named NERSC Strategic Partnerships Lead

January 24, 2014 | Tags: Outreach

NERSC created a new position—Strategic Partnerships Lead, to identify new science communities that can benefit from NERSC resources. David Skinner, 15-year NERSC veteran and former head of the facility’s Outreach Software and Programming Group, will fill the role. Read More »


NERSC Enhances PDSF, Genepool Computing Capabilities

January 3, 2014 | Tags: Data, Joint Genome Institute, NERSC, PDSF

The Linux computing resources that support the Parallel Distributed Systems Facility and Genepool systems at NERSC have been expanded to give users faster access to their data. Read More »


NERSC Kicks Off 40th Anniversary with 2014 Supercomputer Calendar

December 23, 2013

NERSC is kicking off a year-long celebration of its 40th anniversary with a free, downloadable 2014 calendar that takes a unique look back at the center's supercomputing history. Read More »


NERSC Supports Top Breakthroughs of 2013

December 20, 2013 | Tags: Astrophysics, Hopper, PDSF, Physics

Research supported by NERSC is being honored by end-of-year reviews in two leading magazines: Physics World and WIRED. The IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory was notably named to both lists, being honored as the most important discovery by Physics World. Read More »


Richard Gerber Named New NERSC User Services Group Lead

December 12, 2013

Richard Gerber has been named leader of the NERSC User Services Group, effective immediately. He takes over for Katie Antypas, who was appointed head of the NERSC Services Department in September 2013. Read More »


Collaboration Shines in Materials Project Success

December 12, 2013 | Tags: Materials Science, Science Gateways

Scientific American featured a Computing Sciences-powered project on its December cover as a top world-changing idea of 2013. The Materials Project aims to take the guesswork out of finding the best material for a job—be it a new battery electrode or a lightweight spacecraft body—by making the characteristics of every inorganic compound available to any interested scientist. Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences’ talent and resources combined to help grow this promising project into the world-changing idea it is today. Read More »


New Metadata Organizer and Archive Streamlines JGI Data Management

A new centralized data management system at NERSC is helping researchers at the Joint Genome Institute deal more efficiently and effectively with the vast amounts of data yielded by increasingly complex bioinformatics projects. Read More »


Berkeley Lab Hosts 5 Emerging Leaders During TechWomen 2013

November 26, 2013 | Tags: NERSC

TechWomen 2013 brought 76 women from 16 Middle Eastern and African countries to the U.S. in October for a five-week professional mentoring program. TechWomen is an international exchange designed to empower, connect and support women professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This is the third year the Lab has been represented in the program. Read More »


DOE Awards $25.4 Million in Contracts for Exascale Supercomputer Interconnect Design

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration have awarded $25.4 million in research and development contracts to five leading companies in high-performance computing to accelerate the development of next-generation supercomputers. Read More »

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Global Scratch Gets an Upgrade

October 29, 2013

The most used file system at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)—global scratch—just got an upgrade. As a result, some users may see their data output to global scratch reach up to 80 gigabytes per second. Read More »


NERSC Now Connecting All Science at 100Gbps

October 17, 2013 | Tags: Data Transfer, ESnet

All network traffic flowing in-and-out of the Department of Energy’s NERSC is now moving at 100 Gbps—this includes everything from email to massive scientific datasets. Read More »


Martin Karplus Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

On Wednesday, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to three scientists for pioneering methods in computational chemistry that have brought a deeper understanding of complex chemical structure and reactions in biochemical systems. These methods can precisely calculate how very complex molecules work and even predict the outcomes of very complex chemical reactions. One of the laureates—Martin Karplus of Harvard University—has been using supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s… Read More »


Special Feature: Five Questions for Sudip Dosanjh

September 27, 2013

In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy’s focus on supercomputing in the month of September, Dosanjh answers five questions about supercomputers, rewards and challenges of running NERSC, and the return on DOE's invesment in supercomputing. Read More »


Special Feature: Supercomputers Map Our Changing Climate

September 23, 2013 | Tags: Climate Research

In honor of DOE's supercomputing month, here's a look at how researchers are using NERSC’s state-of-the-art supercomputers to learn about earth’s changing climate. Read More »


Special Feature: Energy - The Spark that Ignited DOE Supercomputing

In honor of the Department of Energy's supercomputing month, here are just a few of the energy research projects computing at NERSC. Read More »


Special Feature: Reducing Energy Costs with Better Batteries

September 9, 2013

In honor of DOE's supercomputing month, we are highlighting some of the ways researchers are using supercomputers at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) are working to build better batteries. Read More »


Katie Antypas Named New Head of NERSC Services Department

September 3, 2013

Katie Antypas, who has led NERSC’s User Services Group since October 2010, has been named as the new User Services Department Head, effective September 23. Read More »


September is Scientific Supercomputing Month

September 3, 2013

This month, DOE is celebrating scientific supercomputing. So we are highlighting how research done at Berkeley Lab and NERSC is changing the world. We'll also look back at NERSC’s long history with photos from our archives and some Q&As. Stay tuned! Read More »


Jeff Broughton Named NERSC Division Deputy for Operations

August 15, 2013

Jeff Broughton has been named as the new NERSC Division Deputy for Operations. The announcement was made Aug. 15 by NERSC Division Director Sudip Dosanjh. Read More »


Peter Nugent and Elizabeth Bautista Honored for Exceptional Achievement

August 12, 2013 | Tags: Awards

Peter Nugent and Elizabeth Bautista of the NERSC Division been recognized with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (Berkeley Lab) Director’s Awards of Exceptional Achievement. Read More »


NERSC Strategic Plan Is Now Online

June 3, 2013

The NERSC Strategic Plan for FY2014–2023 is now online. The plan discusses NERSC’s mission, goals, science drivers, planned initiatives, and technology strategy, among other topics. Read More »


NERSC Intern Wins Award for Computing Achievement

March 27, 2013 | Tags: Outreach

Stephanie Cabanela, a student intern in NERSC's Operation Technologies Group was honored with the Bay Area Affiliate National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing award. Read More »

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NERSC Announces Winners of Inaugural HPC Achievement Awards

February 14, 2013 | Tags: Awards

NERSC's HPC Achievement Awards recognizes NERSC users who have either demonstrated an innovative use of HPC resources to solve a scientific problem, or whose work has had an exceptional impact on scientific understanding or society. Read More »


NERSC Staff Participate in Regional Science Bowl

February 5, 2013 | Tags: Outreach

High School students from all corners of the San Francisco Bay Area flocked to the Berkeley Lab on Feb 2 to battle in DOE’s Regional Science Bowl—an academic competition that tests students' knowledge in all areas of science. A number of NERSC staff participated in the event as moderators, scientific judges, timekeepers and scorekeepers. Read More »


Nick Wright Named Advanced Technologies Group Lead

February 4, 2013

ick Wright has been named head of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center’s (NERSC) Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), which focuses on understanding the requirements of current and emerging applications to make choices in hardware design and programming models that best serve the science needs of NERSC users. Read More »


John Shalf Is Named Chief Technology Officer for NERSC

December 5, 2012

John Shalf has been named the Chief Technology Officer of NERSC Division at Berkeley Lab. Shalf will also continue to serve in his current role as head of the Computer and Data Sciences Department in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division. Read More »

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Phase 1 of Edison Arrives at NERSC

November 27, 2012

Phase-1 of NERSC's Edison system, a Cray XC30 (Cascade), arrived on November 27. The system will be available to users in 2013. Read More »


State Department’s TechWomen 2012 Visit NERSC

October 2, 2012

Thirty women from the United States Department of State’s 2012 TechWomen cultural exchange toured the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center on Thursday, September 27. Read More »


End-to-End Network Tuning Sends Data Screaming from NERSC to NOAA

September 21, 2012 | Tags: Climate Research

When it comes to moving large datasets between DOE’s NERSC and his home institution in Boulder, Colo., Gary Bates is no slouch. As an associate scientist in the Earth System Research Lab at NOAA, Bates has transferred hundreds of thousands of files to and from NERSC, as part of a “reforecasting” weather forecasting project. Read More »


“Flying Through the Known Universe” Screens at 3D Film Festival in L.A.

September 19, 2012

A 3D movie flight through hundreds of thousands of galaxies at considerably faster than the speed of light has its world-premiere screening at the 3D Film Festival in Los Angeles. Read More »


Now Accepting Applications for Alvarez Fellowship

September 17, 2012

Apply now for the Luis W. Alvarez Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational Science, sponsored by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Computing Sciences Directorate. Researchers in computer science, applied mathematics or any computational science discipline who have received their Ph.D. within the last three years are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will receive a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Read More »


First NERSC Director John Killeen Dies at 87

August 24, 2012

John Killeen, the founding director of what is now known as the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), died August 15, 2012 at age 87. Killeen led the Center from 1974 until 1990, when he retired. The Department of Energy conferred its highest honor, the Distinguished Associate Award, on Killeen in 1980 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the magnetic fusion energy program. Initially known as the Controlled Thermonuclear Research Computer Center when… Read More »


What Are the Computational Keys to Future Scientific Discoveries?

August 23, 2012 | Tags: Data

 A new camera at the hard x-ray tomography beamline of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab’s) Advanced Light Source (ALS) allows scientists to study a variety of structures as a function of time—from bones to rocks, plants, and even metallic alloys—in unprecedented detail. According to ALS Scientist Dula Parkinson, the new camera generates data 50 times faster than the one it replaced, and researchers hope that all of this information may someday lead to more… Read More »


Sudip Dosanjh Named New NERSC Director

August 22, 2012

Sudip Dosanjh, a leader in extreme-scale computing at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, has been named director of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Read More »


NERSC Signs Supercomputing Agreement with Cray

June 27, 2012

The Department of Energy's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) announced today that Cray will install its next-generation supercomputer computing system. When completed, the new system will deliver a peak performance of more than two-petaflops per second, equivalent to more than two-quadrillion calculations per second. The full system is expected to go into production in 2013. Read More »


After 5 Years, NERSC’s Franklin Retires

May 4, 2012 | Tags: Franklin

This week, the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) retired one of its most scientifically prolific supercomputers to date—a Cray XT4 named Franklin, in honor of the United States’ pioneering scientist Benjamin Franklin. Read More »


NERSC Releases Mobile Apps to Users

April 23, 2012

In an effort to make NERSC resources more assessable to its users, the facility is rolling out a number of applications that allow researchers to access scientific data on their web browsers, tablets and smart-phone. This month, the facility announced two new applications now available to its users Read More »


NERSC Launches Data-intensive Science Pilot Program

April 12, 2012

Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is launching a new initiative to support DOE-relevant, data-intensive science pilot projects for up to 18 months. “NERSC has long understood the importance of data intensive science and has supported the analysis of data streams from telescopes, detectors, and sequencers in addition to data coming from simulations run at NERSC," said Kathy Yelick, associate laboratory director for Computing Sciences at… Read More »


Breaking Ground on Computational Research and Theory Facility

February 1, 2012

Energy Secretary Steven Chu, along with Berkeley Lab and UC leaders, broke ground on the Lab’s Computational Research and Theory (CRT) facility, Wednesday, Feb. 1. The CRT will be at the forefront of high-performance supercomputing research and be DOE’s most efficient facility of its kind. Read More »


SciDAC Outreach Center Participates in “Materials for Energy Applications” Workshop

February 1, 2012

David Skinner of NERSC, who also heads the SciDAC Outreach Center, presented a poster on “Software Opportunities: Industry, ISVs [independent software vendors] and SciDAC" at a Berkeley Lab invitation-only workshop on Materials for Energy Applications. Read More »


Can Cloud Computing Address the Scientific Computing Requirements for DOE Researchers? Well, Yes, No and Maybe

January 30, 2012 | Tags: Magellan

After a two-year study of the feasibility of cloud computing systems for meeting the ever-increasing computational needs of scientists, Department of Energy researchers have issued a report stating that the cloud computing model is useful, but should not replace the centralized supercomputing centers operated by DOE national laboratories. Read More »


Powered by NERSC, a Database of Billions of Genes and Counting!

January 26, 2012 | Tags: Joint Genome Institute

With computing and storage support from NERSC, the IMG/M data management system, which supports the analysis of microbial communities sequenced by the Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute, crossed the boundry of 1 billion genes recorded in the system—more than any other similar system in the world. Read More »


Inspiring Careers in Science Research

January 21, 2012

In an effort to expose high school students to careers in science research, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab) Computing Sciences Diversity Outreach Program partnered with San Francisco’s Lowell High School research program. Read More »


Jack Deslippe Joins NERSC User Services

December 19, 2011

As the newest material science and chemistry consultant in NERSC's User Services Group, Jack Deslippe will be building and evaluating material science packages, working with users on material science application needs, and providing general user support. Read More »


NERSC’s Steve Lowe: Driven to High Performance Machines

December 15, 2011

During his combined 29 years at Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley national labs, Steve Lowe has worked with some of the most powerful computing machinery anywhere. But come Jan. 3, he’ll trade in his career and home in Tracy for a new lifestyle – retiring and spending a few years exploring North America with his wife in an RV. Read More »


Berkeley Lab and NERSC Reach Out to Women in Computing

November 30, 2011

Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences staff reached out to women at the Grace Hopper Celebration in Portland, Ore. And, back in California, Katie Antypas, who heads NERSC's User Services Group, gave students from Mills College, historically a college for women, a lesson in parallel computing and a tour of the facility's supercomputers. This group also included a co-ed contingent from Mills College's graduate program. Read More »