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Brain Initiatives Generate Tsunami of Neuroscience Data

Around the world 'Brain Initiatives' are generating a tsunami of neuroscience data. But without a coherent strategy to analyze, manage and understand the data, advancements in the field will be limited. That's why an international team of interdisciplinary researchers, including NERSC staff, are offering a plan to manage it. » Read More

Cori No. 5 of TOP500

NERSC's flagship Cori is the world's 5th fastest supercomputer, according to the new TOP500 list released at the Supercomputing 2016 conference. » Read More

Toward Multiscale Modeling of Photovoltaics at Nanoscale

Advances in ultrafast spectroscopy and HPC are revolutionizing our ability to study the physical processes that occur in solar cells at short length and time scales. » Read More

The Incredible Shrinking Particle Accelerator

Particle accelerators are on the verge of transformational breakthroughs—and advances in computing power and techniques are a big part of the reason. » Read More

Berkeley Lab Partners on 5 New HPC4Mfg Projects

DOE’s High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Program has announced $3.8 million in funding for 13 new industry projects in the second round of the HPC4Mfg program, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been selected to partner with five of the new projects. » Read More

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Now Computing

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

Project Machine Nodes NERSC Hours Used
Lattice QCD Monte Carlo Calculation of Hadronic Structure and Spectroscopy
 PI: Keh-Fei Liu, University of Kentucky
Edison 860
Global Radiation Hydrodynamic Simulations of Massive Star Envelope
 PI: Yanfei Jiang, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Edison 832
Center for Edge Physics Simulation: SciDAC-3 Center
 PI: Choong-Seock Chang, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)
Edison 768
Quantum Chromodynamics with four flavors of dynamical quarks
 PI: Doug Toussaint, University of Arizona
Cori KNL 648
Accelerated Climate for Energy
 PI: William D. Collins, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Cori KNL 512
3D Extended MHD simulation of fusion plasmas
 PI: Stephen C. Jardin, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)
Cori 128

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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.