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Could Aluminum Nitride Produce Quantum Bits?

The leading method for creating quantum bits, or qubits, currently involves exploiting the structural defects in diamonds. But using NERSC resources, researchers found that the same defect could be engineered in cheaper aluminum nitride. If confirmed, this could significantly reduce the cost of manufacturing quantum technologies. » Read More

2D 'Flat' Boron Yields Superconducting Surprise

Two-dimensional boron is a natural low-temperature superconductor and it may be the only 2D material with that potential. Researchers discovered this trait after running simulations at NERSC. The finding could revolutionize the manufacture of small superconducting circuits. » Read More

Better Model of Tropical Disturbance Could Improve Downpour Predictions

Better understanding one kind of tropical disturbance, the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), is vital for accurately forecasting weather in Western India and the El Niño/La Niña cycle on U.S. West Coast. That's why researchers are using NERSC resources and field data to improve existing MJO models. » Read More

Some Flaws May Improve Solar Cells

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are using supercomputers to study what may seem paradoxical: certain defects in silicon solar cells may actually improve their performance. » 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
Quantum Chromodynamics with four flavors of dynamical quarks
 PI: Doug Toussaint, University of Arizona
Edison 24,576
Computational studies in plasma physics and fusion energy
 PI: Abhay K. Ram, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Edison 21,960
Climate Change Simulations with CESM: Moderate and High Resolution Studies
 PI: Gerald Meehl, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Edison 21,600

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