NERSCPowering Scientific Discovery for 50 Years

50th Anniversary Seminar Series Kicks Off

Join us for a series of seminars celebrating NERSC's legacy and future in scientific supercomputing. » Read More

Boosting Carbon-Negative Building Materials

Locking greenhouse gases into building materials could store them safely for many years. Researchers using NERSC resources are advancing the science behind this idea. » Read More

NERSC Featured at APS

Watch a new video exploring NERSC's mission and impact. It was featured at the American Physical Society's annual meeting. » Read More

Getting a Peek Into Ice Giants

Scientists are using NERSC's Perlmutter supercomputer to study the interior chemistry of ice giant planets like our solar system's Neptune. » Read More

50 Years of NERSC Firsts

Get the highlights from our last half-century of scientific supercomputing. » Read More

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center

NERSC is the mission scientific computing facility for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, the nation’s single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences.

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Some Scientific Computing Now in Progress at NERSC

Project System Nodes Node Hours Used
First-Principles Catalyst Design for Environmentally Benign Energy Production
 Basic Energy Sciences
 PI: Manos Mavrikakis, University of Wisconsin - Madison
perlmutter 120
Quantal Breakup Problem
 Fusion Energy Sciences
 PI: Michael Pindzola, Auburn University
perlmutter 50
Using FACET-II and ATF lepton beams in plasma-based acceleration and radiation generation
 High Energy Physics
 PI: Navid Vafaei-Najafabadi, Stony Brook University
perlmutter 50
Wisconsin Turbulence Modeling for MCF
 Fusion Energy Sciences
 PI: Benjamin Faber, University of Wisconsin - Madison
perlmutter 32
Machine Learning for Classification, Regression, Generation, and Anomaly Detection in Jet Physics
 High Energy Physics
 PI: Benjamin Nachman, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
perlmutter 32
Three-Dimensional Simulations of Core-Collapse Supernovae
 Nuclear Physics
 PI: Adam Burrows, Princeton University
perlmutter 30

Did You Know?

When Did NERSC Start Naming Systems in Honor of Scientists?

T3E 900

This Cray T3E 900 was the first in a long line of scientific supercomputers named for scientists.

Since NERSC moved to Berkeley Lab in 1996, the Department of Energy’s primary scientific computing facility has named all of its supercomputers after scientists.

The naming tradition started in the late 1990s with NERSC’s flagship Cray T3E system. It was called “MCurie” in honor of Marie Curie, the French-Polish physicist and chemist known for her pioneering research on radioactivity. In November 1997, MCurie was the fifth most powerful supercomputer in the world. The system had 512 processors and a theoretical peak speed of 461 billion calculations per second (461 Gigaflops). At the time, it was the nation's biggest supercomputer for unclassified research.