NERSCPowering Scientific Discovery Since 1974

Research and Development

As well as providing production computing services NERSC also participates in research and development activities in order to ensure the high performance computing systems of the future continue to meet the needs of scientists.

Petascale Initiative

Alice Koniges (third from left) led the Computational Science and Engineering Petascale Initiative, which paired post-doctoral researchers with high-impact projects at NERSC. Post-docs pictured above are (from left) are Jihan Kim, Filipe Maia, Robert Preissl, Brian Austin, Wangyi (Bobby) Liu , Kirsten Fagnan and Praveen Narayanan. (Not pictured: Christos Kavouklis, Xuefei (Rebecca) Yuan) The Computational Science and Engineering Petascale Initiative at LBNL identified key application areas… Read More »

Benchmarking & Workload Characterization

NERSC assess available HPC system solutions using a combination of application benchmarks and microbenchmarks. By understanding the requirements of the NERSC workload we drive changes in computing architecture that will result in better HPC system architectures for scientific computing in future generation machines. Read More »

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DOE High Performance Computing Operational Review (HPCOR)

Enabling Data-Driven Scientific Discovery at HPC Facilities June 18-19, 2014 California State University, East Bay Oakland Professional Development and Conference Center Trans Bay Center 1000 Broadway, Suite 109 Oakland, CA   The DOE High Performance and Computing Operational Review (HPCOR) covered processes and practices for delivering facilities and services that enable high performance data-driven scientific discovery at the DOE national laboratories.  The meeting was held in conjuction… Read More »

Application Readiness Across DOE Labs

Running efficiently on future low-power, manycore system architectures will pose a major challenge to almost all scientific application codes. DOE supercomputer centers are working together now to plan and coordinate how they will help enable science teams take advantage of next-generation… Read More »

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is gaining a foothold in the business world, but can clouds meet the specialized needs of scientists? That’s the question NERSC’s Magellan cloud computing testbed is exploring. Read More »

Exascale Computing

Learn about NERSC's research and development of exascale computing systems that deliver high impact across science domains, and demonstrate a new model for interaction between laboratories and vendors to create highly effective computing platforms. Read More »

Storage and I/O Technologies

Learn more about NERSC research collaborations and system development related to I/O technologies, storage, and systems performance. Read More »

Private Sector Partnerships

Strategic Partnerships in Advanced Computing @ NERSC American innovation is strongly rooted in scientific discovery. Scientific computing is an increasingly key ingredient in that innovation. NERSC partners with researchers in both the public and private sectors to provide new capabilities in modeling, simulation and data analytics. NERSC has been serving scientific teams with scientific computing and data services for 40 years. We lead the field in reliable and advanced computing, serving… Read More »


Massive Acceleration of New Techniques In Science with Scalable Algorithms Motivation Scalable Statistics and Machine Learning Algorithms are essential for extracting insights from Big Data. Our interdisciplinary team is trying to address a number of challenging analysis problems from a number of science domains at Lawrence Berkeley Lab (LBL). We are developing novel algorithms, and using state-of-the-art methods from High Performance Computing, Scientific Data Management and Parallel I/O… Read More »