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Urbanization + Pollution = More Storm Activity Around Cities

Simulations run at NERSC have revealed that urban land use and anthropogenic aerosols work together to increase storm development, strength, and precipitation intensity around cities. » Read More

Stars Align for Scientists Modeling Supernovae

For more than 60 years, physicists have been studying the question of how supernova explosions occur. Thanks to the increasing power of supercomputing resources such as those at NERSC, they’re moving ever closer to an answer. » Read More

Measurements of Pulsar Accelerations Reveal Milky Way’s Dark Side

Researchers using NERSC supercomputers have obtained the first direct measurement of the average stellar acceleration taking place within our home galaxy, the Milky Way. » Read More

NERSC Supports COVID-19 Pandemic Response

NERSC is providing up to 2.5 million supercomputing hours and dedicated staff liaisons to support of 20 projects aimed at combating COVID-19. » Read More

Spectacular ultraviolet flash may finally explain how white dwarfs explode

For just the second time ever, astrophysicists have spotted a spectacular flash of ultraviolet light in a supernova, an extremely rare event following a white dwarf explosion. Using NERSC supercomputers, Berkeley Lab's Abigail Polin may have an explanation for what caused this explosion. » Read More

3D Simulations Reveal Physics of Superluminous Supernovae

For the first time ever, an international team of astrophysicists simulated the 3D physics of superluminous supernovae—which are about a hundred times more luminous than typical supernovae—with NERSC supercomputers. » Read More

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NERSC Supports COVID-19 Research

Model of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus
NERSC is participating in the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium. This unique private-public effort brings together federal government, industry, and academic leaders to volunteer free compute time and resources on their world-class machines. NERSC has initially set aside up to 1.25 million node hours on its Cori supercomputer in support of this effort. In addition, NERSC's HPC experts are available to assist research teams. Scientists are invited to submit COVID-19 related research proposals, from which an expert panel of top scientists and computing researchers will select projects based on public health benefits, with an emphasis on rapid results.

Learn more about projects using NERSC that are involved in COVID-19 related research.

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A small sample of jobs running on NERSC supercomputers right now.

Project System Nodes Core Hours Used
Partnership center for high-fidelity boundary plasma simulation: scidac-4 center
 Fusion Energy Sciences
 PI: Choong-Seock Chang, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)
Cori 128
High-Latitude Application and Testing (HiLAT) of Global and REgional Climate Models
 Biological & Environmental Research
 PI: Philip J. Rasch, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Cori 114
Enabling HEP Frontier Science through HEPCloud
 High Energy Physics
 PI: Dirk Hufnagel, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Cori 100
Particle--in--cell simulations of explosive reconnection in relativistic magneti
 Fusion Energy Sciences
 PI: Lorenzo Sironi, Columbia University
Cori 90
The spin-flavor structure of light nuclei
 Nuclear Physics
 PI: Martin J. Savage, University of Washington
Cori 64
Novel density functional theory approaches to the statistical mechanics of aqueous systems
 Basic Energy Sciences
 PI: Christopher Mundy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Cori 64

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Each year NERSC's 7,000+ users report more than 2,000 peer-reviewed results based on work using our resources.