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NERSC Computers Are Up and Running in Oakland

November 20, 2000

After more than a year of planning, months of construction, and an intense week of moving and installation, NERSC’s Cray supercomputers, High Performance Storage System (HPSS), and Parallel Distributed Systems Facility (PDSF) cluster for high-energy physics and auxiliary systems are up and running in Berkeley Lab’s new Oakland Scientific Facility.

The moved systems were down for less than a week and NERSC’s IBM RS/6000 SP Phase I computer remained in service during the move and will stay in Berkeley until the Phase II system with 2,528 processors and a peak speed of 3.8 teraflops (3.8 trillion calculations per second) is installed in Oakland later this year.

Early next year, additional computers and some employees will move into the facility. A ceremony to dedicate the facility is being planned for early spring after all the systems and staff have been relocated. Staff from NERSC Computer Operations and Network Support  have been relocated and other employees are expected to follow. Offices are available for other staff on a temporary, as-needed basis.

The move was managed and executed by teams from the Lab’s Facilities Department and Computing Sciences organization.

“Everyone involved did a fabulous job,” said Howard Walter, head of NERSC’s Future Infrastructure, Networking and Security Group.


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 7,000 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. Department of Energy. »Learn more about computing sciences at Berkeley Lab.