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High-Performance Computing User Facility

The High-Performance Computing User Facility at NREL features state-of-the-art computational modeling and predictive simulation capabilities to help researchers and industry reduce the risks and uncertainty of adopting new and innovative energy technologies.

Photo of the Peregrine supercomputer

The High Performance Computing (HPC) User Facility provides computing capabilities to scientists and engineers working on solving complex computational and data analysis problems related to energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. The work performed on NREL's HPC systems leads to increased efficiency and reduced costs for these technologies, including wind and solar energy, energy storage, and the large-scale integration of renewables into the electric grid.


HPC systems currently available at the facility include the Peregrine supercomputer and the Gyrfalcon Mass Storage System.

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Learn more about these systems and how to access NREL's HPC User Facility on our newly redesigned user website.


Peregrine—the largest HPC system in the world exclusively dedicated to advancing renewable energy and energy-efficiency technologies—is NREL's flagship HPC capability.

The system is a Linux cluster that uses a fast InfiniBand network. It is composed of 2,592 interconnected "compute nodes" with 58,752 Intel Xeon processors—and has 2.25 petabytes of disk space. The peak performance of Peregrine is approximately 2.24 petaflops, or 2.24 million billion floating point (mathematical) operations per second.

Peregrine was designed and built by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and has an innovative warm water liquid-cooling system that allows waste heat to be captured for reuse.

Learn more about NREL's energy-efficient HPC Data Center.

Gyrfalcon Mass Storage System

The Gyrfalcon Mass Storage System is a multi-tiered data archive that offers long-term storage of data associated with projects that run on NREL HPC systems. It is designed to keep the most frequently used data quickly accessible and store the least frequently used data more efficiently. The system provides more than 5 petabytes of disk and tape storage, with a flexible architecture that allows the capacity to be easily expanded at a relatively low cost.