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Physical Scientists Turn to Deep Learning to Improve Earth Systems Modeling

August 25, 2020

The role of deep learning in science is at a turning point, with weather, climate, and Earth systems modeling emerging as an exciting application area for physics-informed deep learning. In this Q&A, NERSC's Karthik Kashinath discusses what is driving the scientific community to embrace these new methodologies. Read More »

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Spectacular ultraviolet flash may finally explain how white dwarfs explode

July 23, 2020

For just the second time ever, astrophysicists have spotted a spectacular flash of ultraviolet light in a supernova, an extremely rare event following a white dwarf explosion. Read More »

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Supercomputing Pipeline Aids DESI’s Quest to Create 3D Map of the Universe

July 20, 2020

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument is combining high-speed automation, high-performance computing, and high-speed networking to produce the largest 3D map of the universe ever created. Starting in late 2020, DESI's five-year mission is to capture light from 35 million galaxies and 2.4 million quasars and transmit that data to NERSC - DESI’s primary computing center - for data processing and analysis. Read More »

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Making Quantum ‘Waves’ in Ultrathin Materials

May 14, 2020

Running calculations at NERSC, a team of researchers co-led by Berkeley Lab have revealed how wavelike plasmons could power up a new class of sensing and photochemical technologies at the nanoscale. Read More »

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Machine Learning Could Provide Unexpected Scientific Insights into COVID-19

April 29, 2020

A new text-mining tool developed at Berkeley Lab and supported by NERSC supercomputing resources is using natural language processing techniques that could yield unexpected scientific insights into COVID-19. Read More »

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World's First 3D Simulations of Superluminous Supernovae

April 21, 2020

For the first time ever, an international team of astrophysicists simulated the 3D physics of superluminous supernovae—which are about a hundred times more luminous than typical supernovae—with NERSC supercomputers and the CASTRO code. Read More »

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Harnessing the Power of Exascale for Wind Turbine Simulations

April 7, 2020

ExaWind, a DOE Exascale Computing Project, is developing new simulation capabilities to more accurately predict the complex flow physics of wind farms, and Berkeley Lab is bringing its adaptive mesh refinement expertise to the project to help make this happen. Read More »

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NERSC’s Scientific Computing Power Steps into Coronavirus Battle

April 3, 2020

Researchers from the City of Hope’s Beckman Research Institute and the Translational Genomics Research Institute will use NERSC computing resources to help battle the COVID-19 global pandemic. Read More »

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Earlier Spring Foliage Brings Warmer Air to the North

March 23, 2020

A group of researchers used NERSC to explore how early leaf growth, or “leaf-out,” affects the earth’s ecosystem. Their findings show that early spring leaf-out is causing a definitive increase in annual surface warming in the Northern Hemisphere. Read More »

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Berkeley Lab Collaborates to Prepare Photovoltaic Materials Research for Exascale

March 5, 2020

NERSC and CRD researchers are part of a collaboration that is using BerkeleyGW software to enhance the search for new, more efficient photovoltaic solar cell materials on the first exascale computers. Read More »

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NOAA Releases Extended Version of 20th Century Reanalysis Project

January 13, 2020

Calling it a time machine for weather data and a treasure trove for climate researchers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released an updated version of the 20th Century Reanalysis Project (20CRv3) - a high-resolution, four-dimensional reconstruction of the global climate that estimates what the weather was every day back to 1806. The release of this latest 20CRv3 data comes on the heels of an October 2019 release of data going back to 1836. Together these new… Read More »