NERSCPowering Scientific Discovery Since 1974


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 the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, located in Berkeley, California and is one of three divisions in the Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences area.  Computing Sciences is also comprised of the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), which is another national user facility, and the Computational Research Division (CRD).  Although NERSC itself is located at the UC Oakland Scientific Facility in Oakland, California, members of its staff collaborate closely with and support both ESnet and CRD.

More than 5,000 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 NERSC's newest supercomputer, a Cray XC30, with a peak performance of 2.57 petaflops/sec, 133,824 compute cores, 357 terabytes of memory, and 7.56 petabytes of disk-based storage. To underscore its mission, NERSC names its supercomputing systems for scientists. Thomas Alva Edison was an American scientist, inventor and businessman. He pioneered the industrial research laboratory from which he and his staff developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world. In addition to the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb, it is little known that Edison also invented the nickel-iron battery used in electric cars of the day. He 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