In January 2008 CSCS institutionalized its staff exchange program with the US American supercomputing centre NERSC at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The aim of this exchange program is to build on the similarities of both centres to share and further the scientific and technical know-how of both institutions.
Berkeley Lab Associate Director for Computing Sciences Horst Simon is a member of the CSCS advisory board. Both centers share a common technological focus, having selected Cray XT supercomputers as their primary systems after thorough reviews of various systems. The two sites regularly interact and exchange on systems, applications and facilities.