NERSCPowering Scientific Discovery for 50 Years

The Once and Future Climate

Join Gil Compo as he discusses the 20th Century Reanalysis Project in a special webinar celebrating NERSC's 50th anniversary. » Read More

Science as Art Competition to Honor Beauty in Discovery

To celebrate 50 years of beauty in discovery, users are invited to enter the NERSC 50th Anniversary Science as Art Competition. » Read More

Hunting for 'Cracks' in Physics' Standard Model

Sometimes the absence of a surprise moves science forward. » 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

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

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.

Computing at NERSC

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Some Scientific Computing Now in Progress at NERSC

Project System Nodes Node Hours Used
Energy Exascale Earth System Modeling (E3SM)
 Biological & Environmental Research
 PI: Lai-Yung Ruby Leung, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
perlmutter 256
Enabling GAMESS for Exascale Computing in Chemistry and Materials
 Basic Energy Sciences
 PI: Mark Gordon, Iowa State University
perlmutter 128
Relativistic quantum dynamics in the non-equilibrium regime
 Basic Energy Sciences
 PI: Albert De Prince, Florida State University
perlmutter 40
Earlier & cheaper fusion energy with stabilized magnetic mirrors
 ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge
 PI: Manaure Francisquez, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)
perlmutter 36
Simulation of laser-plasma interactions.
 Fusion Energy Sciences
 PI: Axel Huebl, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
perlmutter 32
Detector Simulation of the ATLAS Detector on NERSC HPCs
 High Energy Physics
 PI: Paolo Calafiura, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
perlmutter 32

Did You Know?

We Made a Cameo Appearance in the Original Movie 'Tron'

Close up of keyboard with TRON Key

A Cray-1 supercomputer at the National Magnetic Fusion Energy Computer Center (now known as NERSC) was featured in Disney’s 1982 movie “Tron.”


»Visit our interactive timeline to learn more about NERSC history.