Read announcements for NREL’s high-performance computing (HPC) system users. 

Kestrel is Now Available for FY23 Allocations

Sept. 14, 2023

Kestrel is ready for users! Accounts have been activated for all FY23 projects that were given a Kestrel allocation. Projects can now begin logging in and checking out the new system.

FY24 HPC Data Center Maintenance

Sept. 14, 2023

The NREL HPC data center will take a complete outage for further cooling upgrades during the first week of FY24, starting on Monday, October 2nd at 7:00am

Kestrel Update

Aug. 3, 2023

The Kestrel team has been working hard with HPE to complete the install and thorough testing of Kestrel, and we are now in the last phase of Acceptance Testing. We will soon begin preparing the user environment and the final steps towards getting Kestrel ready for general availability. We expect to start on-boarding some projects and users in mid August, to shake out any remaining issues with the system and then have general availability in late August. Stay tuned for updates!

NEW two question Poll: FY24 Allocation Process

Aug. 3, 2023

We need your input! Please click this ⁠link to participate in a brief two-question poll, which will help us measure the effectiveness of the current FY24 Allocation Process, and to acquire your input for improvements.

HPC FY23 Allocation Report Requests

Aug. 3, 2023

If your team had or has an HPC project allocation running during FY23, a yearly progress report is required, regardless whether there were several or no planned publications or other outcomes this fiscal year. Your report is due on August 31, 2023, and if your project used both HPC and Stratus Cloud, only one report is required. No FY24 resources in HPC or Stratus Cloud may be utilized until the FY23 report is received. These were requested via an email from  The templates you provide for the PowerPoint (if needed) and Word doc  should be saved under the project handle name and attached as a 'reply all' to the email you received, and sent to Please help us stay on schedule by providing your report(s) early, if possible.

Please just reach out to if you have allocation related questions.

Kestrel Blog Kestrel: Why Speed Matters

Aug. 3, 2023

In a short video, hear why Kestrel’s impressive speed really matters, according to Surendra Sunkari, NREL HPC engineer and Kestrel technical lead.

Check in often for updates from the team, videos, photos, and more in the Countdown to Kestrel blog!

Github Documentation is now available to users!

Aug. 3, 2023

Advanced Computing Operations and Computational Sciences Applications worked together to provide updated HPC documentation in Github.  With Kestrel availability coming soon, the team worked together to remove more in-depth technical documentation from and moved it to Github Documentation.

CSC Tutorials - adding/removing yourself from the Team

Aug. 3, 2023

Many of you have requested to be added or removed from the Team. Please follow the instructions below:

August Tutorials and Seminars

Aug. 3, 2023

2C00 Summer Intern Series (Outlook invites sent and reminders will go in the CSC Team General Chat 1 week out and the day prior)

You can view the meeting invite by clicking on the hyperlinks above or going to the CSC Tutorials SharePoint Calendar if you would like to read the abstract.