NERSCPowering Scientific Discovery Since 1974


Photo of Cori supercomputer showing mural featuring the scientist's photo.

To underscore its scientific mission, NERSC names its systems for prominent researchers. "Cori" is named in honor of Gerty Cori. The first American woman to win a Nobel prize in science, Cori was honored for co-discovery of the Cori cycle, an important metabolic process in the body.


The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is the primary scientific computing facility for the Office of Science in the U.S. Department of Energy.

As one of the largest facilities in the world devoted to providing computational resources and expertise for basic scientific research, NERSC is a world leader in accelerating scientific discovery through computation. NERSC is a division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, located in Berkeley, Calif. It is also one of three divisions in the Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences area, housed in the Shyh Wang Hall computational research and theory facility. The Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), another national user facility, and the Computational Research Division (CRD) are the other two.

More than 6,000 scientists use NERSC to perform basic scientific research across a wide range of disciplines, including climate modeling, research into new materials, simulations of the early universe, analysis of data from high energy physics experiments, investigations of protein structure, and a host of other scientific endeavors.

Edison is NERSC's newest supercomputer, a Cray XC30, with a peak performance of

"Edison" is named for Thomas Alva Edison, an American scientist, inventor and businessman. Edison pioneered the industrial research laboratory from which he and his staff developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb and the nickel-iron battery used in electric cars of the day. He also championed the electric car over the gasoline-powered car when the two were competing for dominance at the turn of the 20th century.

NERSC is known as one of the best-run scientific computing facilities in the world. It provides some of the largest computing and storage systems available anywhere, but what distinguishes the center is its success in creating an environment that makes these resources effective for scientific research. NERSC systems are reliable and secure, and provide a state-of-the-art scientific development environment with the tools needed by the diverse community of NERSC users. NERSC offers scientists intellectual services that empower them to be more effective researchers. For example, many of our consultants are themselves domain scientists in areas such as material sciences, physics, chemistry and astronomy, well-equipped to help researchers apply computational resources to specialized science problems.

All research projects that are funded by the DOE Office of Science and require high performance computing support are eligible to apply to use NERSC resources. Projects that are not funded by the DOE Office of Science, but that conduct research that supports the Office of Science mission may also apply

About NERSC and Berkeley Lab
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility that serves as the primary high-performance computing center for scientific research sponsored by the Office of Science. Located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the NERSC Center serves more than 6,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities researching a wide range of problems in combustion, climate modeling, fusion energy, materials science, physics, chemistry, computational biology, and other disciplines. Berkeley Lab is a DOE national laboratory located in Berkeley, California. It conducts unclassified scientific research and is managed by the University of California for the U.S. DOE Office of Science. »Learn more about computing sciences at Berkeley Lab.