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

Spectacular ultraviolet flash may finally explain how white dwarfs explode

For just the second time ever, astrophysicists have spotted a spectacular flash of ultraviolet light in a supernova, an extremely rare event following a white dwarf explosion. Using NERSC supercomputers, Berkeley Lab's Abigail Polin may have an explanation for what caused this explosion. » Read 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

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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
Excited state dynamics of halide perovskites and other spin-orbit coupled materials
 PI: Liang Tan, Berkeley Lab
Cori KNL 1,024
Astrophysics of Supernova Progenitors
 PI: Andrew Nonaka, Berkeley Lab
Cori 216
Simulating extreme precipitation in the United States in the Energy Exascale Earth System Model
 PI: Gabriel Kooperman, U. Georgia
Cori KNL 169
Experimental Tests of Gyrokinetic Simulations of Microturbulence
 PI: Walter Guttenfelder, PPPL
Cori KNL 144
Hadron Structure from Lattice QCD
 PI: Kostas Orginos, William & Mary
Cori KNL 128

Did You Know?

George Smoot, professor of physics at UC Berkeley & an astrophysicist at Berkeley Lab, won the 2006 Nobel Prize for physics for his cosmic microwave background radiation data analysis. He used NERSC supercomputers to confirm predictions of the Big Bang theory.