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What the Blank Makes Quantum Dots Blink?

Quantum dots promise an astounding range of applications, if scientists can stop them blinking. » Read More

Meraculous: Deciphering the ‘Book of Life’ With Supercomputers

Novel Berkeley Algorithms and Computational Techniques Speed Up Genome Assembly, from Months to Minutes » Read More

Supernova Hunting with Supercomputers

With help from NERSC supercomputers, astronomers confirm one of two competing theories about the birth of Type Ia supernovae. » Read More

Chombo-Crunch Sinks Its Teeth into Fluid Dynamics

Berkeley Lab researchers are breaking new ground in the modeling of complex flows in energy and oil and gas applications, thanks to a computational fluid dynamics and transport code dubbed “Chombo-Crunch.” » Read More

NERSC, Cray Announce Phase 1 of Cori Supercomputer

Cray XC40 will be first supercomputer installed in new Computational Research and Theory facility. » Read More

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center

Computing at NERSC

Now Computing

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

Project Machine CPU Cores CPU Core Hours Used
Center for Edge Physics Simulation: SciDAC-3 Center
 PI: Choong-Seock Chang, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)
Edison 28,800
Lattice QCD Monte Carlo Calculation of Hadronic Structure and Spectroscopy
 PI: Keh-Fei Liu, University of Kentucky
Edison 8,208
Molecular Dynamics Studies of Biomass Degradation in Biofuel Production
 PI: Klaus J. Schulten, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Edison 4,800
Molecular Dynamics Studies of Biomass Degradation in Biofuel Production
 PI: Klaus J. Schulten, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Edison 4,800
Ocean Atmosphere Reanalyses for Climate Applications (OARCA) 1831-2015
 PI: Gil Compo, University of Colorado at Boulder
Hopper 4,032
Quantum Simulations of Nanoscale Energy Conversion
 PI: Jeffrey C. Grossman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hopper 2,880
Anchored Solar-Driven Vortex for Power Generation
 PI: Arne J. Pearlstein, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Hopper 2,064
Computational Resources for the Nanomaterials Theory Institute at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences
 PI: Paul R. Kent, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Hopper 2,064
Probing BSM physics using lattice QCD
 PI: Rajan Gupta, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Hopper 2,064
Computational Characterization of Porous Materials
 PI: Berend Smit, University of California Berkeley
Carver 512

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'Bubbles' the Cray-2

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