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Science at NERSC

NERSC's core mission is to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery. NERSC and its nearly 7,000 users are are extremely active contributors to all fields of energy-related science in which computation and data analysis play a central role. NERSC is cited in about 2,000 refereed scientific publications per year. A  sample of science articles is at Science News and science presentations can be found at Science Highlights Presentations. On these pages we present some highlights from our users and describe some of the ways NERSC gathers requirements for science and recognizes its users accomplishments.

Nobel Prize Winning Research

NERSC has supported the work of six Nobel Prize winning researchers and teams.

  • 2017 Chemistry: Joachim Frank "for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution" [MORE]
  • 2015 Physics: SNO Collaboration "for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass" [MORE]
  • 2013 Chemistry: Martin Karlpus "for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems" [MORE]
  • 2011 Physics: Saul Perlmutter "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae" [MORE]
  • 2007 Peace: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change"
  • 2006 Physics: George Smoot "for the discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation" [MORE]

Science News

Highlights of scientific discoveries and milestones enabled by NERSC and its computational and data resources. Read More »

Science Highlights Presentations

Quarterly highlight slides of recent scientific accomplishments from NERSC users. Read More »

HPC Requirements Reviews

The user requirements reviews are held to ensure that DOE can meet the scientific needs of the Office of Science and its researchers. Read More »

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NERSC HPC Achievement Awards

The NERSC HPC Achievement Awards are given annually to recognize extraordinary scientific achievement from NERSC users and to encourage the innovative use of High Performance Computing resources. Read More »

Inter-Facility Science

Inter-facility Science  As data volumes and data complexity have grown at experimental and observational facilities funded by DOE, there has been an increase in partnerships between NERSC and these facilities. This page highlights recent examples where NERSC's scalable computing and data analytic capabilities have been leveraged in coordination with large scale experimental and observational science. It also invites input from facilities staff and users for new work in this area through a form… Read More »

High-Impact Science at Scale on Cori

August 24, 2017

NERSC received a large number of responses to its Call of Proposals for High-Impact Science at Scale on Cori KNL nodes, which were reviewed for the ability to scale to 2,000 or more Cori KNL nodes, potential science impact, feasibility/risk, and appropriateness of approach and resources requested. Many proposals scored very highly in all these categories, but requests far exceeded the time available in the NERSC Director's Reserve to support this program.  Eight awards were given, each with… Read More »