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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).

08.31.16 - Time Requests Due Sep. 20 for All Mission Directorates and NESC
All NASA Mission Directorates and the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) will select from requests submitted to the eBooks online system by September 20 for 1-year allocation awards beginning November 1.


Snapshot from a simulation of Lyman-alpha blob
09.22.16 - Galactic Fireworks Illuminate Monster Hydrogen Blob
An international team of researchers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array and other telescopes has discovered the power source illuminating a so-called Lyman-alpha Blob—a rare, brightly glowing, and enormous concentration of gas in the distant universe. Simulations were run on the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility's Pleiades supercomputer.
Sea surface temperature patterns of the 2015 El Niño in the Pacific Ocean
09.13.16 - After Strong El Niño Winter, NASA Model Sees Return to Normal
Not too hot, not too cold – instead, water temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean should be just around normal for the rest of 2016, according to forecasts from the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office run at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).
Image of Mount Rinjani eruption
08.23.16 - To Better Understand Mega-Eruptions, Just Add Water
Volcanic eruptions bring images of lava and ash, not water. A new study using the NCCS has shown that to correctly model the climate effects of an eruption scientists need to include the atmospheric effects of erupted water vapor.
Image from simulation of a flap system distributed along the full wingspan of a generic transport aircraft with a highly flexible wing
08.19.16 - Endeavour Simulations Help Reshape the Future of Aircraft Fuel Efficiency
Using Endeavour at the NAS Division, aerospace engineers are exploring the potential of using an innovative flap system to reshape wings during flight to increase performance — and save fuel.
Visualization of MERRA-2 total ozone averaged over the southern hemisphere
08.18.16 - Southern Polar Ozone in MERRA-2
MERRA-2, a multi-decade reanalysis run at the NCCS, provides a good representation of the year-to-year variations and the long-term changes in total ozone column over Antarctica for the entire data record, beginning in 1980.
Illustration of Venus with water oceans and storm clouds
08.11.16 - NASA Climate Modeling Suggests Venus May Have Been Habitable
Venus may have had a shallow liquid-water ocean and habitable surface temperatures for up to 2 billion years of its early history, per a study run at the NCCS.


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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