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Quantum Information Science at Perlmutter

NERSC Issues Open Call for QIS Project Proposals on Perlmutter | Deadline, Dec. 13, 2021

November 9, 2021

NERSC is seeking proposals to conduct research using NERSC’s Perlmutter supercomputer in the area of quantum information science (QIS).

All areas of quantum information science are encouraged to apply, including, but not limited to

  • quantum simulation of materials and chemical systems,
  • algorithms for compilation of quantum circuits,
  • error mitigation for quantum computing, and
  • development/testing of hybrid quantum-classical algorithms.

Up to 50,000 Perlmutter GPU node hours (one Perlmutter GPU node contains four A100 CPUs) may be awarded to accepted proposals initially, with more available if necessary.

The cuQuantum library from Nvidia will be available for both state vector and tensor network simulation on the GPUs, as well as other relevant software.

Successful applicants will also be able to partner with NERSC and vendor staff on topics such as utilizing GPUs or optimizing their workflows (please contact us for more information).

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Award Criteria

Proposals that demonstrate a plan to take advantage of the salient features of Perlmutter (e.g. 6,000+ NVIDIA A100 GPUs, all-flash scratch file system) will be given preference, as will projects that can show a strong benefit to current or future DOE Office of Science research objectives or society at large.

Projects must be executed within a six-month period. Awardees will be required to report progress regularly to NERSC and provide a summary at the end of the six-month term. Projects should abide by the usual NERSC policies:"

Awards are for the NERSC 2022 Allocation Year.

Eligibility, Deadline, and Application Process

This is an open call. It is not limited to current NERSC users. Online applications ( must be received by 11:59 p.m., Pacific Standard Time, December 13, 2021.


Contact [email protected] and [email protected] if you have any questions.

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.