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High-End Computing Program

Delivering high-end computing systems and services to NASA's aeronautics, exploration, science, and space technology missions.


If you are a NASA-sponsored scientist or engineer, computing time is available to you at the High-End Computing (HEC) Program's NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Facility and NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).

02.18.15 - HEOMD, NESC, SMD, and STMD Time Requests Due March 20
The Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC), Science Mission Directorate (SMD), and Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) will select from requests submitted to the eBooks online system by March 20 for 1-year allocation awards beginning May 1.


Visualization of soil moisture 30 cm below ground projected through 2100 for high emissions scenario RCP 8.5
02.12.15 - NASA Study Finds Carbon Emissions Could Dramatically Increase Risk of U.S. Megadroughts
Droughts in the U.S. Southwest and Central Plains during the last half of this century could be drier and longer than drought conditions seen in those regions in the last 1,000 years, according to a new NASA study. Analyzed climate projections include those from a model run at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation.
Artist's impression of a hypothetical Earth-like moon around a Saturn-like exoplanet
01.29.15 - NASA Supercomputer Assists the Hunt for Exomoons
A team of 21st-century explorers are searching for exomoons using data from NASA's Kepler mission and the Pleiades supercomputer.
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01.26.15 - Applications due March 1 for 2015 University of Virginia-NASA Intensive Summer School in Computing for Environmental Sciences
This Summer School is for graduate students and advanced undergraduates interested in working with computational applications for atmospheric, ocean, climate, and other environmental sciences. It will take place May 27–June 12 followed by internships at NASA centers June 15–August 7.
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01.22.15 - Pleiades Supercomputer Performance Leaps to 5.35 Petaflops with Latest Expansion
NASA's flagship supercomputer, Pleiades, was recently expanded with 1,008 new nodes utilizing Intel Xeon E5-2680v3 (Haswell) processors. The expansion brings the total number of Pleiades’ Haswell nodes to 2,088 and increases the system's theoretical peak performance to 5.35 petaflops.
Hubble Space Telescope observation of Eta Carinae
01.07.15 – NASA Observatories Take an Unprecedented Look into Superstar Eta Carinae
With the help of the Pleiades supercomputer, NASA scientists studying the binary star Eta Carinae have developed a 3D computer model using observational data collected by space telescopes over the last decade. The simulation revealed features of the star system never seen before, and helped researchers gain a better understanding of the complex interaction between the stellar winds surrounding the two stars.


NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Facility

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS)

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD


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