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Seeing the Big Picture in Photosynthesic Light Harvesting

Researchers have created the first computational model to simulate the light-harvesting activity thousands of antenna proteins interacting in the chloroplast of a leaf. » Read More

Supernova Twins: Making Standard Candles More Standard Than Ever

Using a sample of nearby supernova "twins" and employing a new modeling method run on NERSC’s Edison supercomputer, researchers have doubled the accuracy of distance measurements to these interstellar milemarkers. » Read More

Physicists ID Mechanism that Stabilizes Plasma in Tokamaks

Running 3D simulations at NERSC, a team of physicists led by Stephen Jardin of the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has discovered a mechanism to prevent the electrical current flowing through fusion plasma from repeatedly peaking and crashing. This "sawtooth cycle" can cause instabilities in the plasma's core. » Read More

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Now Computing

A small sample of massively parallel scientific computing jobs running right now at NERSC.

Project Machine CPU Cores CPU Core Hours Used
Lattice QCD Monte Carlo Calculation of Hadronic Structure and Spectroscopy
 PI: Keh-Fei Liu, University of Kentucky
Edison 36,960
Quantum Chromodynamics with four flavors of dynamical quarks
 PI: Doug Toussaint, University of Arizona
Edison 18,432
Quantum Mechanical Simulations of Complex Nanostructures for Photovoltaic Applications
 PI: Zhigang Wu, Colorado School of Mines
Edison 5,760
Lattice QCD Monte Carlo Calculation of Hadronic Structure and Spectroscopy
 PI: Keh-Fei Liu, University of Kentucky
Cori 4,096
Computational Materials Theory
 PI: G. Malcolm Stocks, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Cori 2,048

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HPC Transforms Cosmology

NERSC's Debbie Bard blogs about the role of HPC in advancing our understanding of the universe in Scientific Computing magazine.