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NERSC Users Report 6,500 Scientific Publications in Five Years

June 1, 2008

Over a five-year period, researchers using HPC systems at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have reported producing 6,593 scientific publications as a result of running their applications at NERSC.

Beginning in 2003, NERSC staff have asked users to list resulting publications as they request allocations for the coming year. The number of publications has grown steadily in each of the five years in which the data has been collected. In 2003, 936 publications were reported; in 2004, 1,270; in 2005, 1,448; in 2006, 1,437; and in 2007, 1,502.

Links to the publications for each year can be found at:

“While there are any number of measures of productivity for a supercomputing center, NERSC prides itself on the scientific productivity of its users,” said Kathy Yelick, director of the NERSC Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. “The fact that our user community reports nearly 7,000 papers produced thanks to our systems and staff is strong evidence that NERSC is advancing computational science on a grand scale.”

NERSC currently has about 3,000 users working on 366 projects. The center supports unclassified research in areas such as climate modeling, fusion energy, combustion, high energy physics, chemistry, life sciences and materials science. NERSC’s primary supercomputer is a 19,344-processor CrayXT4 with a theoretical peak performance of 101 teraflops (or trillions of calculations per second).

“Supercomputers such as ours are powerful tools for scientific discovery, but many announcements about such systems focus on the potential, not the actual results,” said Horst Simon, Associate Lab Director for Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab. “We are committed to providing the systems and services that help our users harness the potential to produce verifiable, peer-reviewed scientific results.”

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, NERSC 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.