NERSCPowering Scientific Discovery for 50 Years

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

Revealing the Reaction Behind Salt-Based Nuclear Reactors

Using computing resources at NERSC, researchers have revealed how electrons interact with ions of molten salts, providing insights into the processes that could occur inside salt-based nuclear reactors. » Read More

NERSC Turns 50 in 2024

Did you know NERSC got its start in fusion energy research? Learn more about our unique history and join us in celebrating half a century of energizing scientific enlightenment through computing. » Read More

Shining a Light on Microbial Dark Matter

NERSC collaborations help illuminate Earth’s biodiversity. » Read More

Perlmutter Supports Gravitational Lensing System Modeled on GPUs

A team of researchers has modeled a rare instance of strong gravitational lensing known as an Einstein Cross. It’s likely the first such model run on GPUs. » 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.

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Some Scientific Computing Now in Progress at NERSC

Project System Nodes Node Hours Used
The anomalous magnetic moment of the muon
 High Energy Physics
 PI: Aida El-Khadra, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
perlmutter 432
Computational Atomic and Molecular Physics for Fusion Energy Sciences
 Fusion Energy Sciences
 PI: Michael Pindzola, Auburn University
perlmutter 128
QMC-HAMM: From the nanoscale to the mesoscale
 ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge
 PI: Lucas Wagner, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
perlmutter 64
Huge Ensembles of Weather Extremes using the Fourier Forecasting Neural Network
 ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge
 PI: William Collins, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
perlmutter 64
Evaluation and improvement of Physical Parameterizations --Refining the representations of high-latitude surface-atmosphere radiative coupling in the E3SM
 Biological & Environmental Research
 PI: Wuyin Lin, Brookhaven National Lab
perlmutter 58
SciDAC ISEP: Integrated Simulation of Energetic Particle Turbulence and Transport
 Fusion Energy Sciences
 PI: Zhihong Lin, University of California Irvine
perlmutter 52

Did You Know?

'Bubbles' the Cray-2

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In 1985, NERSC was the first to install the Cray-2, then the fastest computer in the world. Today, just about any mobile phone has more processing power. The Cray-2 was nicknamed "Bubbles" for its unique liquid cooling system.


Visit our interactive timeline to learn more about NERSC history.