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

Project Machine CPU Cores CPU Core Hours Used
Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Protein Dynamics and Lignocellulosic Biomass
 PI: Jeremy C. Smith, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Edison 21,600
Electronic structure and spectroscopic properties of complex materials
 PI: Wai-Yim Ching, University of Missouri - Kansas City
Edison 11,232
Computational Resources for the Interpretation of Neutron Scattering Data from the Spallation Neutron Source and HFIR
 PI: Thomas Proffen, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Edison 3,072
Global Radiation Hydrodynamic Simulations of Massive Star Envelope
 PI: Yanfei Jiang, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Cori 2,048
Global Radiation Hydrodynamic Simulations of Massive Star Envelope
 PI: Yanfei Jiang, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Cori 2,048

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NERSC, PDSF, and the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics

NERSC's Richard Gerber blogs on the role of NERSC, PDSF, and HPSS in the discovery of neutrino oscillations that was honored by the 2015 Nobel Prize.