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NERSC Kicks Off 40th Anniversary with 2014 Supercomputer Calendar

December 23, 2013

NERSC is kicking off a year-long celebration of its 40th anniversary with a free, downloadable 2014 calendar that takes a unique look back at the center's supercomputing history. Read More »

NERSC Supports Top Breakthroughs of 2013

December 20, 2013

Research supported by NERSC is being honored by end-of-year reviews in two leading magazines: Physics World and WIRED. The IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory was notably named to both lists, being honored as the most important discovery by Physics World. Read More »

Collaboration Shines in Materials Project Success

December 12, 2013

Scientific American featured a Computing Sciences-powered project on its December cover as a top world-changing idea of 2013. The Materials Project aims to take the guesswork out of finding the best material for a job—be it a new battery electrode or a lightweight spacecraft body—by making the characteristics of every inorganic compound available to any interested scientist. Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences’ talent and resources combined to help grow this promising project into the world-changing idea it is today. Read More »

Richard Gerber Named New NERSC User Services Group Lead

December 12, 2013

Richard Gerber has been named leader of the NERSC User Services Group, effective immediately. He takes over for Katie Antypas, who was appointed head of the NERSC Services Department in September 2013. Read More »

New Metadata Organizer and Archive Streamlines JGI Data Management

December 5, 2013

A new centralized data management system at NERSC is helping researchers at the Joint Genome Institute deal more efficiently and effectively with the vast amounts of data yielded by increasingly complex bioinformatics projects. Read More »

Berkeley Lab Hosts 5 Emerging Leaders During TechWomen 2013

November 26, 2013

TechWomen 2013 brought 76 women from 16 Middle Eastern and African countries to the U.S. in October for a five-week professional mentoring program. TechWomen is an international exchange designed to empower, connect and support women professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This is the third year the Lab has been represented in the program. Read More »

DOE Awards $25.4 Million in Contracts for Exascale Supercomputer Interconnect Design

November 15, 2013

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration have awarded $25.4 million in research and development contracts to five leading companies in high-performance computing to accelerate the development of next-generation supercomputers. Read More »

Global Scratch Gets an Upgrade

October 29, 2013

The most used file system at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)—global scratch—just got an upgrade. As a result, some users may see their data output to global scratch reach up to 80 gigabytes per second. Read More »

NERSC Now Connecting All Science at 100Gbps

October 17, 2013

All network traffic flowing in-and-out of the Department of Energy’s NERSC is now moving at 100 Gbps—this includes everything from email to massive scientific datasets. Read More »

Martin Karplus Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

October 9, 2013

On Wednesday, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to three scientists for pioneering methods in computational chemistry that have brought a deeper understanding of complex chemical structure and reactions in biochemical systems. These methods can precisely calculate how very complex molecules work and even predict the outcomes of very complex chemical reactions. One of the laureates—Martin Karplus of Harvard University—has been using supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s… Read More »

Special Feature: 5 Questions for Sudip Dosanjh

September 27, 2013

In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy’s focus on supercomputing in the month of September, Dosanjh answers five questions about supercomputers, rewards and challenges of running NERSC, and the return on DOE's invesment in supercomputing. Read More »

Special Feature: Supercomputers Map Our Changing Climate

September 23, 2013

In honor of DOE's supercomputing month, here's a look at how researchers are using NERSC’s state-of-the-art supercomputers to learn about earth’s changing climate. Read More »

Special Feature: Energy - The Spark that Ignited DOE Supercomputing

September 16, 2013

In honor of the Department of Energy's supercomputing month, here are just a few of the energy research projects computing at NERSC. Read More »

Special Feature: Reducing Energy Costs with Better Batteries

September 9, 2013

In honor of DOE's supercomputing month, we are highlighting some of the ways researchers are using supercomputers at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) are working to build better batteries. Read More »

September is Scientific Supercomputing Month

September 3, 2013

This month, DOE is celebrating scientific supercomputing. So we are highlighting how research done at Berkeley Lab and NERSC is changing the world. We'll also look back at NERSC’s long history with photos from our archives and some Q&As. Stay tuned! Read More »

Katie Antypas Named New Head of NERSC Services Department

September 3, 2013

Katie Antypas, who has led NERSC’s User Services Group since October 2010, has been named as the new User Services Department Head, effective September 23. Read More »

Jeff Broughton Named NERSC Division Deputy for Operations

August 15, 2013

Jeff Broughton has been named as the new NERSC Division Deputy for Operations. The announcement was made Aug. 15 by NERSC Division Director Sudip Dosanjh. Read More »

Peter Nugent and Elizabeth Bautista Honored for Exceptional Achievement

August 12, 2013

Peter Nugent and Elizabeth Bautista of the NERSC Division been recognized with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (Berkeley Lab) Director’s Awards of Exceptional Achievement. Read More »

NERSC Strategic Plan Is Now Online

June 3, 2013

The NERSC Strategic Plan for FY2014–2023 is now online. The plan discusses NERSC’s mission, goals, science drivers, planned initiatives, and technology strategy, among other topics. Read More »

NERSC Intern Wins Award for Computing Achievement

March 27, 2013

Stephanie Cabanela, a student intern in NERSC's Operation Technologies Group was honored with the Bay Area Affiliate National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing award. Read More »

NERSC Announces Winners of Inaugural HPC Achievement Awards

February 15, 2013

NERSC announced the winners of their inaugural High Performance Computing Achievement Awards at the annual NERSC User Group meeting. Read More »

NERSC Staff Participate in Regional Science Bowl

February 5, 2013

High School students from all corners of the San Francisco Bay Area flocked to the Berkeley Lab on Feb 2 to battle in DOE’s Regional Science Bowl—an academic competition that tests students' knowledge in all areas of science. A number of NERSC staff participated in the event as moderators, scientific judges, timekeepers and scorekeepers. Read More »

Nick Wright Named Advanced Technologies Group Lead

February 4, 2013

ick Wright has been named head of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center’s (NERSC) Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), which focuses on understanding the requirements of current and emerging applications to make choices in hardware design and programming models that best serve the science needs of NERSC users. Read More »

Throwback Thursdays Celebrate Scientific Supercomputing

January 10, 2013

A Cray-1 supercomputer arrives at the Magnetic Fusion Energy Computer Center in May 1978. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) was investing in scientific supercomputing long before the internet became the internet, and back when clouds only came in the white, fluffy variety.As part of the DOE's celebration of scientific supercomputing, we present a sampling of historical photos and factoids shared each of the five Thursdays of this month via social media channels. To see a full resolution… Read More »