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Berkeley Lab Deploys Next-Gen Supercomputer, Perlmutter, Bolstering U.S. Scientific Research

NERSC formally unveiled the first phase of its next-generation supercomputer, Perlmutter, at a virtual event that included government officials, industry leaders, and Dr. Perlmutter himself. » Read More

Limit Global Warming to 1.5 C and Halve the Contribution of Land Ice to Sea Rise

A new study predicts that sea-level rise could be halved this century (from today to 2100) if we meet the Paris Agreement target of limiting global warming to 1.5°C. » Read More

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

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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
Center for computational study of excited-state phenomena in energy materials (c2sepem)
 Basic Energy Sciences
 PI: Jack Deslippe, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab - NERSC
Cori 720
Quantum mechanical design of sustainable aliphatic polymers with high glass-transition-temperatures
 Basic Energy Sciences
 PI: Chengyan Zhan, Cornell University
Cori 256
Computational studies in plasma physics and fusion energy
 Fusion Energy Sciences
 PI: Abhay K. Ram, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cori 216
Detector Simulation of the ATLAS Detector on NERSC HPCs
 High Energy Physics
 PI: Paolo Calafiura, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Cori 200
Ocean and Sea Ice Interactions around Greenland and the West Antarctic Peninsula in Forced Fine- Resolution Global Simulations
 Biological & Environmental Research
 PI: Julie L. Mcclean, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Cori 176
Joint Center for Energy Storage Research
 Basic Energy Sciences
 PI: Kristin A. Ceder-Persson, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Cori 150

'Bubbles' the Cray-2

NERSC's Cray2 nicknamed 'Bubbles'

In 1985, NERSC was the first to install the Cray-2, then the fastest computer in the world. Today, just about any mobile phone has more processing power. The Cray-2 was nicknamed "Bubbles" for its unique liquid cooling system.