NERSCPowering Scientific Discovery for 50 Years

Hunting for 'Cracks' in Physics' Standard Model

Sometimes the absence of a surprise moves science forward. » Read More

Boosting Carbon-Negative Building Materials

Locking greenhouse gases into building materials could store them safely for many years. Researchers using NERSC resources are advancing the science behind this idea. » Read More

Getting a Peek Into Ice Giants

Scientists are using NERSC's Perlmutter supercomputer to study the interior chemistry of ice giant planets like our solar system's Neptune. » Read More

50 Years of NERSC Firsts

Get the highlights from our last half-century of scientific supercomputing. » Read More

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center

NERSC is the mission scientific computing facility for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, the nation’s single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences.

Computing at NERSC

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Some Scientific Computing Now in Progress at NERSC

Project System Nodes Node Hours Used
Continuing studies of plasma based accelerators
 High Energy Physics
 PI: Frank Tsung, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
perlmutter 100
High-Latitude Application and Testing (HiLAT) of Earth System Models & Regional Arctic System Model
 Biological & Environmental Research
 PI: Hailong Wang, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
perlmutter 73
Environmental effects in the lifecycle of convective clouds
 Biological & Environmental Research
 PI: Heng Xiao, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
perlmutter 65
Cosmological Hydrodynamic Simulations with CRK-HACC
 High Energy Physics
 PI: Salman Habib, Argonne National Laboratory
perlmutter 64
Advanced Light Source
 Basic Energy Sciences
 PI: Alex Hexemer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Advanced Light Source (ALS)
perlmutter 32
Quantal Breakup Problem
 Fusion Energy Sciences
 PI: Michael Pindzola, Auburn University
perlmutter 32

Did You Know?

Why NERSC9 Was Named Perlmutter

Saul PerlmutterSaul 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. Our flagship high performance computing system is named Perlmutter in his honor.