NERSCPowering Scientific Discovery for 50 Years

Science as Art Competition to Honor Beauty in Discovery

To celebrate 50 years of beauty in discovery, users are invited to enter the NERSC 50th Anniversary Science as Art Competition. » Read More

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

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
Energy Exascale Earth System Modeling (E3SM)
 Biological & Environmental Research
 PI: Lai-Yung Ruby Leung, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
perlmutter 512
Probabilistic Comparative Modeling of Colorectal Cancer Screening Strategies
 ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge
 PI: Jonathan Ozik, Argonne National Laboratory
perlmutter 250
Two-phase flow interface capturing simulations
 ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge
 PI: Igor Bolotnov, North Carolina State University
perlmutter 64
Cosmological Hydrodynamic Simulations with CRK-HACC
 High Energy Physics
 PI: Salman Habib, Argonne National Laboratory
perlmutter 64
Large-Scale Many-Body Perturbation Theory Simulations of Optoelectronic Materials
 Basic Energy Sciences
 PI: Sahar Sharifzadeh, Boston University
perlmutter 64
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 57

Did You Know?

NERSC Resources Have Played a Part in Six Nobel Prize Winning Discoveries

George Smoot

George Smoot

Six Nobel Prize-winning researchers or teams have used NERSC resources in their work, including two Berkeley Lab astrophysicists who made breakthrough discoveries about the nature of the universe.

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

Saul Perlmuter

Saul Perlmutter

Saul 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.