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During California's shelter in place order, NERSC is continuing normal operations with online support and remote training. » Learn More

3D Simulations Reveal Physics of Superluminous Supernovae

For the first time ever, an international team of astrophysicists simulated the 3D physics of superluminous supernovae—which are about a hundred times more luminous than typical supernovae—with NERSC supercomputers. » Read More

NERSC’s Computing Power Steps into Coronavirus Battle

Researchers from the City of Hope’s Beckman Research Institute and the Translational Genomics Research Institute will use NERSC computing resources to help battle the COVID-19 global pandemic. » Read More

NERSC Continues to Deliver Supercomputing Support During Pandemic

While people around the world hunker down in their homes to try to slow the advance of the COVID-19 virus, NERSC and ESnet are continuing to provide critical computing and networking resources to thousands of scientists, including some who are exploring ways to fight the pandemic. » Read More

Earlier Spring Foliage Brings Warmer Air to the North

A group of researchers using NERSC supercomputers found that early spring leaf-out is causing a definitive increase in annual surface warming in the Northern Hemisphere. » Read More

Breaking New Ground in Data Center Optimization

Berkeley Lab's deep expertise in energy-efficient data centers is now being applied to NERSC resources through the Efficiency Optimization Project. » Read More

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NERSC Support for 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.

Now Computing

Project Machine Nodes NERSC Hours Used
Enabling HEP Intensity Frontier Science through HEPCloud
 PI: Burt Holzman, Fermilab
Cori KNL 3,410
Enabling HEP Intensity Frontier Science through HEPCloud
 PI: Burt Holzman, Fermilab
Cori KNL 2,747
Computational Chemical Science Center: Chemistry in Solution and at Interfaces
 PI: Roberto Car, Princeton Univ
Cori KNL 1,024
Computational Chemical Science Center: Chemistry in Solution and at Interfaces
 PI: Roberto Car, Princeton Univ
Cori KNL 1,024
Continuing studies of plasma based accelerators
 PI: Frank Tsung, UCLA
Cori 256

Did You Know?

Saul Perlmutter—a professor of physics at UC Berkeley and a faculty senior scientist at Berkeley Lab—was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for his 1998 discovery that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate. He confirmed his observations by running thousands of simulations at NERSC, and his research team is believed to have been the first to use supercomputers to analyze and validate observational data in cosmology.