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NERSC HPC Achievement Awards

The NERSC HPC Achievement Awards are presented annually to recognize extraordinary scientific achievement from NERSC users and to encourage the innovative use of NERSC's High Performance Computing and Data systems. NERSC users, project Principal Investigators, project managers, PI proxies, and DOE Program Managers can nominate any NERSC user or collaboratory group whose research is significantly based on work performed using NERSC's facilities and services.

Winners are announced at the annual NERSC Users Group meeting, listed on the NERSC web site, and highlighted in NERSC press releases. Winners are chosen by representatives from the NERSC Users' Group Executive Committee and NERSC staff. Selections are made based on innovations and achievements that substantially used NERSC resources. Those resources could be any combination of computational systems, storage systems, and/or NERSC HPC services.

There are two awards, each with separate Open and Early Career categories.

NERSC Award for Innovative Use of High Performance Computing

This award honors innovative use of NERSC's HPC resources. Examples include introducing HPC to a new science domain or a novel use of HPC resources. Anything that puts a fresh perspective on HPC or presents a new way to solve a problem is considered.

Open Category

Early Career Category (Students and Postdocs)

Based on work performed at NERSC in the previous calendar year (2014).

NERSC Award for High Impact Scientific Achievement

This award recognizes work that has had, or is expected to have, an exceptional impact on scientific understanding, engineering design for scientific facilities, and/or a broad societal impact.

Open Category

Early Career Category (Students and Postdocs)


Based on work performed at NERSC and submitted or published in the previous two calendar years (2014-2015). 

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, the NERSC Center serves more than 6,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities researching a wide range of problems in combustion, climate modeling, 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. DOE Office of Science. »Learn more about computing sciences at Berkeley Lab.