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High-Performance Computing Data Center

The Energy Systems Integration Facility's High-Performance Computing Data Center is home to Eagle—the largest high-performance computing system in the world exclusively dedicated to advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

Photo of the Eagle supercomputer.

Eagle is part of the world's most energy-efficient data center, thanks to an innovative warm-water direct component-level liquid cooling system designed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and NREL.


In 2018, NREL acquired its latest supercomputer, Eagle. As a replacement for NREL’s prior system, Peregrine, the new system was put into production use in January 2019. Learn more about Eagle, and see how it stacks up to its predecessor in this infographic.

The peak performance of Eagle is approximately 8 petaflops, or 8 million billion floating point (mathematical) operations per second, placing it among the 25 fastest computers in the world.

Key Infrastructure

The system is a Linux cluster that uses a fast InfiniBand network. It is composed of 2,114 interconnected "compute nodes" with 4,228 Intel Skylake processors and a total of 76,104 cores—along with 14 petabytes of high-speed data storage.

Like its predecessor Peregrine, Eagle was designed and built by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and has an innovative warm-water liquid-cooling system that allows waste heat to be captured for reuse.

Learn more about NREL’s HPC facilities.

Recent Research

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