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Seeing the Big Picture in Photosynthesic Light Harvesting

Researchers have created the first computational model to simulate the light-harvesting activity thousands of antenna proteins interacting in the chloroplast of a leaf. » Read More

Supernova Twins: Making Standard Candles More Standard Than Ever

Using a sample of nearby supernova "twins" and employing a new modeling method run on NERSC’s Edison supercomputer, researchers have doubled the accuracy of distance measurements to these interstellar milemarkers. » Read More

Physicists ID Mechanism that Stabilizes Plasma in Tokamaks

Running 3D simulations at NERSC, a team of physicists led by Stephen Jardin of the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has discovered a mechanism to prevent the electrical current flowing through fusion plasma from repeatedly peaking and crashing. This "sawtooth cycle" can cause instabilities in the plasma's core. » Read More

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

Project Machine CPU Cores CPU Core Hours Used
Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Protein Dynamics and Lignocellulosic Biomass
 PI: Jeremy C. Smith, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Cori 15,360
Parallel FEC Verification and Scaling Prototype
 PI: John M. Shalf, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Edison 12,288
Computation of Electronic Properties of Materials from First Principles
 PI: Steven Louie, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Cori 8,320
PSI SciDAC: Bridging from the Surface to the Micron Frontier
 PI: Brian D. Wirth, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Edison 4,200
DFT analysis of energetics for nanostructure formation and catalysis on metal surfaces
 PI: Da-Jiang Liu, Ames Laboratory Iowa State University
Edison 3,072

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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 liquid cooling system.