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NERSC Releases Mobile Apps to Users

Job Status, MOTD and Pilot of VASP Submission Available with More to Come

April 23, 2012

In an effort to make NERSC resources more accessible to its users, the facility is rolling out a number of applications that allow researchers to access scientific data on their web browsers, tablets and smart phones. This month, NERSC announced two new applications now available to its users:

  1. The NERSC mobile user portal ( allows researchers to check the current status of NERSC systems, user Message of the Day (MOTD), as well as log into their account to view recently completed, queued and running jobs, on their mobile phones.
  2. The NOVA portal ( is an experimental web application that allows licensed VASP users to submit jobs to NERSC systems. VASP (Vienna Ab initio Simulation Package) is a computer program for atomic-scale materials modeling. Based on user feedback with this early system, the team hopes to provide additional features in the future. For specific NOVA questions, please contact Annette Greiner (

In the coming months, the center will continue to improve these applications and create more products for the web. For specific comments or suggestions, contact

For more information on these applications, please visit:


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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.