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Research and Development

As well as providing production computing services NERSC also participates in research and development activities in order to ensure the high performance computing systems of the future continue to meet the needs of scientists.

Advanced Technologies Research at NERSC

NERSC's Advanced Technologies Group engages with other national labs, vendors, and the general research community to help define and evaluate technologies that enhance the effectiveness of HPC for scientific research. Read More »

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The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center sees its role in the budding QIS field as a centralized resource for users who want to bridge the gap between classical computing and quantum computing for applications in chemistry, physics, materials science, drug discovery, and more. Read More »

Data Analytics

NERSC engages in research and development to ensure highly-scalable, productive data, AI and analytics tools are available and deployed at NERSC; as well as to promote the use of cutting-edge data and analytics approaches and technologies in science. Recent activity is outlined below. Read More »

Exascale Computing

Learn about NERSC's research and development of exascale computing systems that deliver high impact across science domains, and demonstrate a new model for interaction between laboratories and vendors to create highly effective computing platforms. Read More »

KNL Cache Mode Performance

KNL's MCDRAM cache is prone to cache thrashing, which can be detrimental to application performance and performance reproducibility. NERSC initiated and led a Center of Excellence, including participants from Cray, Intel, ACES and ALCF, to minimize cache thrashing on Cori. These efforts improved the average performance of some benchmark tests by 2x. This page summarizes the results from the COE and provides guidance to users about how to minimize this issue for their… Read More »


NERSC Exascale Science Application Program (NESAP) Read More »


NERSC partners with researchers in public and private sectors to develop new capabilities in modeling, simulation, and data analytics. Read More »


September 25, 2019

Mission StatementThe Superfacility concept is a framework for integrating experimental and observational instruments with computational and data facilities. Data produced by light sources, microscopes, telescopes and other devices can stream in real-time to large computing facilities where it can be analyzed, archived, curated, combined with simulation data and served to the science user community via powerful computing, storage and networking systems. Connected with high-speed programmable… Read More »

Shifter: User Defined Images

Shifter: Bringing Linux containers to HPCUsing ShifterFor more information about using Shifter, please consult the documentation here.BackgroundNERSC is working to increase flexibility and usability of its HPC systems by enabling Docker-like Linux container technology.  Linux containers allow an application to be packaged with its entire software stack - including some portions of the base OS files - as well defining needed user environment variables and application "entry point.". Read More »

NERSC proxy suite

NERSC is developing a suite of proxies that are representative of the NERSC workload, these range from micro-kernels to mini-applications.With the recent explosion of novel computer architectures, due to a combination of slowing of Moore’s law, the end of Denard scaling, the emergence of deep learning in scientific workflows and a corresponding proliferation of programming models, application developers face new challenges to keep pace and deliver optimized codes.In this era of… Read More »


  Alliance for Application Performance at Extreme Scale   NERSC has partnered with the Alliance for Computing at Extreme Scale (ACES) collaboration of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratory (SNL) to form the Alliance for Application Performance at Extreme Scale (APEX). The focus of the APEX collaboration is on Application Performance of High Performance Computers. and on meeting the mission needs of its partners and in pursuing Advanced Technology… Read More »

NERSC Summer Internships

NERSC hosts a number of internships every summer. Applicants must be students, actively enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs. These are paid internships, but we are unable to provide additional support for housing. Desired technical qualifications are specified with each project description. Read More »