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International Survey Ranks Berkeley Lab as Top Unclassified Computing Center in United States

December 17, 1997

The semi-annual TOP500 list released in November 1997 ranked the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center's Cray T3E-900 supercomputer as the most powerful unclassified machine in the U.S. and the fifth most powerful in the world.

NERSC provides leading-edge computational science support to hundreds of researchers across the nation with its Cray T3E-600 (ranked 84th), its Cray C90 (number 313); and cluster of four Cray J90se machines.

The TOP500 list, compiled by scientists at the University of Tennessee and Mannheim University in Germany, can be found at


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 almost 10,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities researching a wide range of problems in climate, 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. Department of Energy. »Learn more about computing sciences at Berkeley Lab.