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Data Archive Makes the Move to Berkeley

Some 43 years of archival data, 120 petabytes in all, are now being transferred from NERSC's old Oakland home to new tape libraries at Berkeley Lab. » Read More

When Neutron Stars Collide

The aftermath of the collision of two neutron stars has been fully captured in a 3D computer model for the first time. » Read More

DOE to Build Next-Generation Supercomputer at Berkeley Laboratory

New Pre-Exascale System Will Be Named ‘Perlmutter’ in Honor of Lab’s Nobel Prize-Winning Astrophysicist » Read More

Revealing Reclusive Recombination

What makes some solar cell materials so much more efficient than others? Researchers modeling hybrid perovskite eliminated one possible reason. » Read More

National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center

Computing at NERSC

Now Computing

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

Project Machine Nodes NERSC Hours Used
partnership center for high-fidelity boundary plasma simulation: scidac-4 center
 PI: Choong-Seock Chang, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)
Cori 2,048
Detector Simulation of the ATLAS Detector on NERSC HPCs
 PI: Paolo Calafiura, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Cori 750
Scientific Data Management Research
 PI: John (Kesheng) Wu, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Cori 256
Three-Dimensional Simulations of Core-Collapse Supernovae
 PI: Adam Seth Burrows, Princeton University
Cori 256
cosmic microwave background data analysis for post-planck experiments
 PI: Julian D. Borrill, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Edison 256
energy exascale earth system modeling (e3sm)
 PI: Lai-Yung Ruby Leung, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Edison 255
energy exascale earth system modeling (e3sm)
 PI: Lai-Yung Ruby Leung, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Edison 255

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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.