Today at Berkeley Lab

DOE to Build Next-Gen Supercomputer ‘Perlmutter’ at Berkeley Lab

The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Berkeley Lab has signed a $146 million contract with Cray for the facility’s next-generation supercomputer, a pre-exascale machine slated to be delivered in 2020. Named “Perlmutter” in honor of Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter, it is the first NERSC system specifically designed to meet the needs of large-scale simulations as well as data analysis from experimental and observational facilities. More>


  1. While fully admiring S. Perlmutter’s work (including its recognition as being Nobel Prize worthy, I think it is a very bad idea for the Lab to name a machine or building for any living person. I have less of an issue wth naming various roads at the Lab for Nobelists as it now seems to be established as a tradition.