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NERSC Managers Shed Light on 'Edison'

Named Edison, NERSC's new machine is a Cray XC30 with 664 compute nodes and 10,624 cores. Each node has two eight-core Intel "Sandy Bridge" processors running at 2.6 GHz (16 cores per node), and has 64 GB of memory.

Supercomputers accelerate development of advanced materials

First-of-its-kind search engine will speed materials research

Cool NERSC Experiment Really Pays Off in Energy Savings

Chance to Spot Rare Supernova Fading Fast

Supernova 2011fe is bringing out the stargazers The supernova will last for more than a decade, but it won't stay this bright. Within the next week, the light that took 21 million years to reach earth will fade out of view for amateur astronomers.

Look Up! It's A Star In The Midst Of A Violent, Bright Death

Young, nearby supernova dazzles scientists

Supernova to be visible for 2 nights

Your Last Chance at a Good View of the 'Supernova of a Generation' [VIDEOS]

Supernova Visible this Week

Astronomers catch supernova in the act

Supernova: Supernova Can Be Seen This Week

Supernova reaches peak brightness; grab your binoculars and look up!

Supernova Burns Bright in a Galaxy Not So Far Away

Astronomers forgo sleep; eyes fixed on star's explosion

Special report highlights 'greatest hits' of scientific supercomputing

A Stellar Explosion In The Big Dipper's Handle

Brightest supernova in decades serves up cosmic clues for astronomers

See a supernova from your back yard this weekend

How to See a Supernova From Your Backyard This Weekend

How to See a Supernova This Weekend From Your Backyard

See A Supernova This Weekend With Your Kids

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Peering into a Quantum Well

How to see a nearby supernova this weekend!

How to Spot New Supernova in Nearby Galaxy

Supernova explota cerca de la Tierra

Exploding star coming to a telescope near you

New supernova is closest one to Earth in 25 years

Twinkle, Twinkle Little New Star

Supernova Discovered Is the Brightest in 40 Years

Class Act Supernova Caught on Telescope

Brightest supernova in 40 years appears

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Exploding star to be visible from Earth within a fortnight

Nearby supernova may illuminate dark energy puzzle

M101 Supernova


Supercomputers Hit an Energy Wall

NERSC director Kathy Yelick explains why supercomputers must change drastically in the next decade. Future technologies group lead John Shalf describes how low-power chips--such the mobile phone chips used in his research--may be part of the solution.


Feds Run 5 Of Top 10 Supercomputers Worldwide

Four Department of Energy systems -- including NERSC's Hopper -- and one run by NASA made the top 10 of a biannual ranking of the top 500 high-performance-computing systems.

IDC Announces First Recipients of HPC Innovation Excellence Award


The Case of the Missing Proton Spin: Researchers use the cloud to shed light on a longstanding mystery

The Magellan cloud computing testbed helps scientists search for the proton's "missing spin."


The Case of the Missing Proton Spin: Researchers use the cloud to shed light on a longstanding mystery

The Magellan cloud computing testbed helps scientists search for the proton's "missing spin."


Anti-Helium Discovered in the Heart of STAR

Eighteen examples of the heaviest antiparticle ever found, the nucleus of antihelium-4, have been made in the STAR experiment at RHIC, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. NERSC provides computing resources to the STAR experiment.


LED Efficiency Puzzle Solved by Theorists Using Quantum-Mechanical Calculations

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, say they've figured out the cause of a problem that's made light-emitting diodes (LEDs) impractical for general lighting purposes. Their work will help engineers develop a new generation of high-performance, energy-efficient lighting that could replace incandescent and fluorescent bulbs.


Team ratchets up accuracy for identifying protein bit

Using bioinformatics techniques, researchers computing at NERSC have developed a pattern-matching algorithm that improves the accuracy of peptide identification by between 50 and 150 percent, compared to standard approaches.


Invisible Milky Way Satellite Uncovered With Help from NERSC

Using supercomputers at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), Sukanya Chakrabarti, has developed a mathematical method uncover these “dark” satellites. When she applied this method to our own Milky Way galaxy, Chakrabarti discovered a faint satellite might be lurking on the opposite side of the galaxy from Earth, approximately 300,000 light-years from the galactic center.


U.S. Physicists Crack Mystery of "Mini-LHC" With a Little Help From Einstein

A team led by Jean-Luc Vay at Berkeley Lab's Accelerator and Fusion Research Division (AFRD) tapped ideas of late great physicist Albert Einstein to help model tabletop accelerators.


Modeling Accelerators at Near Lightspeed

team of researchers led by Jean-Luc Vay of Berkeley Lab’s Accelerator and Fusion Research Division (AFRD) has borrowed a page from Einstein to perfect a new method for calculating what happens when a laser pulse plows through a plasma in an accelerator like BELLA. Using their boosted-frame method, Vay’s team has achieved full 3D simulations of a BELLA stage in just a few hours of supercomputer time, calculations that would have been beyond the state of the art just two years ago.


Graphing Culture

Operating under the banner of the Software Studies Initiative and computing at NERSC, Lev Manovich and a handful of other scholars at UCSD’s Center for Research in Computing and the Arts is bringing the power of supercomputing to cultural analytics. “Part of what I am trying to do,” Manovich said, “is to find visual forms in datasets which do not simply reveal patterns, but reveal patterns with some kind of connotational or additional meanings that correspond to the data."


Federal Agencies in the Cloud

Magellan was built for the special requirements of scientific computing by using technology unavailable in commercial clouds.

Carbon Sequestration Gets Supercomputing Boost

The hard-charging scientists at Berkeley Lab's Computational Sciences and Engineering and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have developed an industrial-strength simulation code to model CO2 injection into these underground saline reservoirs.

Private Sky: DOE labs use a test bed to perfect cloud services for high-end research

Argonne National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory designed Magellan to test the feasibility of cloud computing for computational science — an experiment in experimentation, if you will, that could ultimately change how science is performed across the globe.


Visualization at Supercomputing Centers

A white paper titled "Visualization From the Skinny Guys at Big Supercomputer Centers," takes a look at the importance of the role of data analysis, or scientific visualization, in understanding the results that come from high performance computing systems.

Whitepaper: Visualization From the Skinny Guys at Big Supercomputer Centers

A new whitepaper from Wes Bethel and company from LBNL looks at the importance of visualization in big supercomputing centers and how viz specialists, the “Skinny Guys,” give scientists the power to see.

Scientists Create Climate Time Machine

The 20th Century Reanalysis Project (20CR), a joint project between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado, has brought together 27 international climatologists to create a comprehensive reanalysis of all global weather events from 1871 to present day, effectively creating an accessible time machine for climate scientists.

The 20th Century Reanalysis Project: A time machine for climate scientists

The 20th Century Reanalysis Project, outlined in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, not only allows researchers to understand the long-term impact of extreme weather, but provides key historical comparisons for our own changing climate.

The 20th Century Reanalysis Project: A time machine for climate scientists

An international team of climatologists have created a comprehensive reanalysis of all global weather events from 1871 to the present day, and from the Earth's surface to the jet stream level.

UNCA Students Study Severe Weather

When a winter storm approaches, Doug Miller and his students scramble to launch weather balloons –— no matter what the hour.

UNCA Students Ride the Storm

As people across the Southeast hunkered down for massive snowfalls this month, UNC Asheville Atmospheric Sciences professor (and NERSC user) Doug Miller and his students headed out into the storm.

GPU Computing Ushers in Progress

In the future, 2010 may be known as the year of the GPU, or at least its big debut.

Redefining What is Possible: Perfect storm of opportunities delivers fresh approaches

General purpose graphics processor unit (GPGPU) technology has arrived during a perfect storm of opportunities.

Dirac Testbed Reveals How Applications are Written

Graphics processing units, or GPUs, may have been invented to power video games, but today these massively parallel devices are being pressed into high-performance computing.

NERSC: Proving Tape as Cost-Effective and Reliable Primary Data Storage

At NERSC, there is over 13 PB of data on tape: 30-40% of its tape activity is reads, it has a measured and proven reliability of 99.945%, and its $/GB cost is around 5% of that of its disk storage. Jason Hick explains how and why.

The A to B of building supercomputers

What does it take to design and build a supercomputer big enough to enter the Top500 list? NERSC, Cray and AMD discuss the process in a Webcast accessible from this page.

Storing the Sun's Heat

MIT researchers computing at NERSC have revealed the way that a molecule discovered in 1996, called fulvalene diruthenium, can store and release the sun's heat on demand, opening the way to a new approach of obtaining and storing heat and energy.

Reanalysis Project targets once-and-future weather

Gil Compo describes the 20th Century Reanalysis Project that he leads for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The project relies on 150 years of weather data and simulations run on Department of Energy supercomputers.

Projects to Explore the Design and Advancement of New Materials for Power Generation

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), which is supported by DOE’s Office of Science, awarded the computer time to Dr. Michael Gao, a materials scientist, and Dr. De Nyago Tafen, a senior research scientist, both in NETL’s Office of Research and Development.

New Way to Determine Protein Structures Revealed

Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a fast and efficient way to determine the structure of proteins, shortening a process that often takes years into a matter of days.

Top500 List Released

The TOP500 Supercomputer Sites is compiled by Hans Meuer of the University of Mannheim, Germany; Erich Strohmaier and Horst Simon of NERSC/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.