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Applications are now being accepted for the Broader Engagement Program at SC14

May 5, 2014 by Richard Gerber

Applications are now being accepted for the Broader Engagement (BE) Program at SC14, which will be held in New Orleans from November 16-21, 2014.

The BE Program is designed to diversify the pool of talent in high-performance computing (HPC) by introducing, engaging, and supporting students and professionals belonging to underrepresented minority groups. For more information, visit:

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Vectorization: What is it and what is it good for?

May 1, 2014 by Richard Gerber

Code vectorization will be important to performance on NERSC's Cori supercomputer when it arrives in 2016. You can start learning about vectorization now and experiment with the vector units on Edison. Read more about vectorization here.

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NERSC announces its next supercomputer

April 29, 2014 by Francesca Verdier

NERSC and Cray Inc. announced today that they have signed a contract for NERSC's next supercomputer. The new Cray XC system will use Intel’s next-generation Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor –- code-named “Knights Landing” -- a self-hosted, manycore processor with on-package high bandwidth memory and delivers more than 3 teraFLOPS of double-precision peak performance per single socket node. Scheduled for delivery in mid-2016, the new system will deliver 10x the sustained computing capability of NERSC’s Hopper system.

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User briefing about next NERSC supercomputer on Thursday, May 1

April 29, 2014 by Richard Gerber

NERSC will present a briefing for users about the just announced plan for the NERSC 8 supercomputer, to be named "Cori" in honor of biochemist Gerty Cori, the first American woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize.

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NERSC's Names and Logos over the Years

April 16, 2014 by Francesca Verdier


NERSC’s name and logos have changed over the decades, reflecting the center’s increasingly broad scientific mission. Founded in 1974 at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) as the Controlled Thermonuclear Research Computer Center, NERSC has evolved from its early days supporting magnetic fusion research at LLNL to providing supercomputing resources across a spectrum of scientific applications, including energy, astrophysics, biology and environmental sciences.

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