NERSCPowering Scientific Discovery for 50 Years

NERSC Science as Art Contest to Honor Beauty in Discovery

Submissions due by August 1

June 17, 2024

NERSC Art Competition Hero Shot

This 2-D model reveals the chaos at the heart of superluminous supernovae, a rare breed of stellar explosions that shine 10 to 100 times brighter than normal. (Credit: Ke-Jung Ken Chen, Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics: ASIAA)

NERSC’s supercomputers are used to generate scientific results that can be illuminating, or surprising, or world-changing. They can also be downright beautiful. To celebrate 50 years of beauty in discovery, users are invited to enter the NERSC 50th Anniversary Science as Art Competition

The contest is open to any user with a visual submission based on the results of simulation or analysis primarily performed using NERSC resources. Winners will be determined by the community of NERSC users and staff and will be honored at the NERSC 50th anniversary celebration in October. Submissions open June 17 and close August 1 for full consideration.

Submission guidelines:

  • Animations (movies) and still images are both acceptable.
  • Submissions should be visually attractive or intriguing.
  • The calculations that produced the images must have been primarily performed on a NERSC system.
  • Any published papers featuring the submissions should cite NERSC.
  • Use of generative AI for simulation is acceptable; use of generative AI to produce the image is not.
  • Entrants may submit their own work or work from their research team.

Prizes for winning:

  • A high-quality print (full image for static entrants; single cel for animations)
  • Inclusion in a video showcase running in NERSC’s lobby
  • Recognition at the NERSC 50th anniversary celebration
  • A Zoom background available to the NERSC community
  • The adulation of your peers

Submit your most beautiful visualizations today! 

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.