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Mission HPC

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center ― NERSC ― is the mission high performance computing facility for the Office of Science in the U.S. Department of Energy. Located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, NERSC provides some of the largest computing and storage systems available for scientific research anywhere. Supporting more than 7,000 scientists and 700 projects annually, NERSC supercomputing resources are helping solve extreme-scale scientific problems such as developing new energy sources, discovering new materials, and analyzing massive datasets from scientific experimental facilities.

From the Cray-1 to the Edge of Exascale

Cray and NERSC share a long history of partnership, starting with the center’s first Cray system ― a Cray-1 ― in 1978. In 1985, NERSC installed the world’s first Cray-2 supercomputer. Over the subsequent decades, NERSC has continued to make computational advancements with Cray systems. In 2010, they broke the petaflop barrier with “Hopper” a Cray® XE6 system. Today “Cori” ― a Cray® XC system ― powers NERSC’s extreme-scale science.

Fast-forward to 2020, NERSC will take delivery of Cray’s first next-generation system based on the new Shasta architecture. Named “Perlmutter” in honor of Berkeley Lab’s Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter, this pre-exascale system will meet the needs of large-scale simulations as well as data analysis.

Read the announcement to learn more about the Perlmutter system.

Shasta Supercomputer

Cray’s new supercomputer, code-named Shasta, is an entirely new design and will underpin the next era of supercomputing. The system is characterized by exascale performance capability, new datacentric workloads, and an explosion of processor and accelerator architectures. Shasta incorporates next-generation Cray system software to enable modularity and extensibility, supports unparalleled flexibility in processing choice, and scales seamlessly.

Learn more about Shasta

Slingshot Interconnect

The Cray-designed Slingshot™ interconnect is the network backbone for the diverse simulation, modeling, AI, and analytics workloads today’s scientific and technological questions require. It offers a host of important new features such as adaptive routing, congestion control, and Ethernet compatibility.

Learn more about Slingshot Technology

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