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11.17.15 - NAS Team Receives SC15 Test of Time Award for 1991 Paper Introducing the NAS Parallel Benchmarks
The SC15 Test of Time Award Committee has presented this year’s award to a team of NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) computer scientists for their 1991 paper “The NAS Parallel Benchmarks - Summary and Preliminary Results.”
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11.17.15 - NASA Shares in HPCwire Award at SC15
A team from the NASA Center for Climate Simulation, Cycle Computing, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Intel Corp. received a 2015 HPCwire Readers’ Choice Award at the international SC15 conference in Austin, Texas.
Carbon dioxide over Africa
11.12.15 - Carbon and Climate: A Breathing Planet, Off Balance
NASA is preparing to ramp up its field studies, satellite monitoring, and computer modeling to help answer questions surrounding carbon and climate.
Artist's rendering of the Modular Supercomputing Facility
11.09.15 - Modular Supercomputer Cluster to Save Millions of Gallons of Water
NASA Ames will soon break ground on a modular supercomputing system that will prevent millions of gallons of water from disappearing into thin air—literally.
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10.02.15 - How Does Big Data Help Us Understand Climate Change?
Climate change is a real threat to our planet, with destructive consequences already being felt across the globe. Dr. Daniel Duffy, High-Performance Computing Lead at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS), explains how big data is essential to the task of studying climate change.
Graph showing growth in assimilated observations
09.29.15 - MERRA-2 Science Snapshots
MERRA-2, now running at the NCCS, expands on the Modern Era Retrospective-analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA) by including observations from many new data sources. The total number of assimilated observations now approaches five million per 6-hour assimilation cycle.
Surface density projection map of the 250 kiloparsec region around the central submillimetre galaxy
09.24.15 - New Galaxy Simulation Study Reported in Nature
An international team of scientists has run billion-year galaxy formation simulations on NASA's Pleiades supercomputer. Their methods and findings were published today in a Nature Letter.
6.25-km simulation of Hurricane Katrina
08.21.15 - Since Katrina: NASA Advances Storm Models, Science
NASA Global Modeling and Assimilation Office scientists are simulating hurricanes and improving our understanding of hurricane behavior using computer models run at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).
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08.03.15 - "Snowball Earth" Might Have Been Slushy
To better understand factors affecting the range of habitable conditions of exoplanets, Goddard Institute for Space Studies climate modelers go back in time to simulate the "Snowball Earth" conditions of 720 to 635 million years ago and find that complete freeze-over is hard to achieve.
Visualization of flight tracks over the United States
07.28.15 - New Animation Shows Millions of Earth Observations for Forecasting
More than 5 million observations accumulate every 6 hours to drive weather forecasts run by NASA’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).
Photograph of the extreme dust deposition from the deserts of the Colorado Plateau onto the Colorado Rockies snowpack
07.21.15 - Scientists Link Earlier Melting of Snow to Dark Aerosols
NASA researchers ran a climate model at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) to examine how light-absorbing aerosols can darken snow and accelerate melting.
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07.17.15 - Pleiades is Now 6th Most Powerful Supercomputer in the U.S.
The computing power of Pleiades, NASA's foremost supercomputer, jumped nearly 21 percent after a series of upgrades.
Visualization showing magnetic field lines in a simulation of a ' Jupiter' exoplanet
06.15.15 - Simulating the Interior Dynamics of Stars and Giant Exoplanets
Groundbreaking simulations using NASA's Pleiades supercomputer reveal how internal magnetic forces can influence the behavior of exoplanets and stars.
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05.21.15 - Influential NAS Parallel Benchmarks Paper Selected for SC15 Test of Time Award
The Supercomputing Conference (SC15) Test of Time Award Committee has recognized the 1991 paper "The NAS Parallel Benchmarks - Summary and Preliminary Results." The benchmarks were developed in response to NASA's increasing involvement with massively parallel architectures and quickly became an industry standard.
Cross-section of frame from animation of carbon fiber felt material
05.06.15 - 3D Animations Provide New Insights into Thermal Protection Materials
For the first time, intricate structures in thermal protection materials are being revealed at the microscale—just one-tenth the thickness of a human hair.
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04.28.15 - NCCS Triples Supercomputer Performance for Earth Science Modeling
The NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) is increasing the peak performance of its Discover supercomputer to more than 3.3 petaflops to meet the exploding demands of NASA's Earth science modeling efforts.
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04.24.15 - Chinese Supercomputer 'Too Slow' to Compete in Race for Hypersonic Weapons, Scientist Warns
A supercomputer used by China to develop a hypersonic space weapon was too slow, having a processing speed only a tenth of that of its American counterpart at NASA, according to a researcher involved in the highly sensitive project
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03.30.15 - Women's History Month: NCCS Women Reflect on Careers and Influences
Five current NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) staff members tell what influenced their careers and offer their thoughts on women in the information technology (IT) sector.
Computational fluid dynamics simulation of a UH-60A rotor/fuselage inside the 40- by 80-foot test section of the National Full-scale Aerodynamics Complex (NFAC) at NASA Ames Research Center
03.16.15 - Simulations Put a New Spin on Wind Tunnel Tests
High-fidelity rotorcraft simulations run on the Pleiades supercomputer are playing a new role in wind tunnel experiments.
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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01.22.15 - 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.
Artist conception of exoplanet and exomoon
01.14.15 - Tales from the Superbowl of Astronomy
National Geographic's coverage of the 225th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society includes a brief on the hunt for exomoons by Pleiades supercomputer user David Kipping, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Kipping searches for exomoons in data gathered by NASA's Kepler spacecraft.
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.
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01.07.15 - Alien Earth Baking Under a Red Sun Spotted 470 Light Years Away
The Kepler Mission announces the 1,000th exoplanet discovered from data gathered by the space telescope, using the BLENDER software and the Pleiades supercomputer. Many of the planets discovered are too small to be identified by mass measurement, so Kepler scientists used Pleiades to process light curve data using statistical methods in their quest to find Earth-like planets outside of our solar system.


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