NERSC Contributes to Smithsonian Magazine's Surprising Scientific Milestones of 2012
Using supercomputers at National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) came up with a new approach for desalinating sea water using sheets of graphene, a one-atom-thick form of the element carbon. Team members say this method can be far more efficient and possibly less expensive than existing desalination systems. In December, Smithsonian Magazine named this result the fifth "Surprising Scientific Milestone of 2012."
Read: A New Approach to Water Desalination.
About NERSC and Berkeley Lab
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is the primary high-performance computing facility for scientific research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. Located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the NERSC Center serves more than 4,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities researching a wide range of problems in combustion, climate modeling, fusion energy, materials science, physics, chemistry, computational biology, and other disciplines. Berkeley Lab is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory located in Berkeley, California. It conducts unclassified scientific research and is managed by the University of California for the U.S. DOE Office of Science. For more information about computing sciences at Berkeley Lab, please visit www.lbl.gov/cs.