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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).

11.03.16 – SMD Computing Time Requests Exceed Capacity
Continuing a multi-year trend, Science Mission Directorate (SMD) computing time requests far exceeded capacity at both the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Facility and the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS). As a result many principal investigators received smaller allocation awards than they requested.


Simulation of the DJI Phantom 3 during flight
01.11.17 - Exploring Drone Aerodynamics with Computers
For decades, NASA has used computer models to simulate the flow of air around aircraft in order to test designs and improve the performance of next-generation vehicles. At NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, researchers recently used this technique to explore the aerodynamics of a popular example of a small, battery-powered drone, a modified DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter.
Colored ellipses outlining a frozen-in anticyclone
12.21.16 - GMAO Science Snapshots
Recent studies from NASA's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) tackled global carbon dioxide, an anticyclone, and El Niño.
Snapshot from a visualization of global carbon dioxide
12.13.16 - Eye-Popping View of CO2, Critical Step for Carbon-Cycle Science
A new NASA supercomputer project builds on the agency's satellite measurements of carbon dioxide and combines them with a sophisticated Earth system model to provide one of the most realistic views yet of how this critical greenhouse gas moves through the atmosphere. The model ran on the Discover supercomputer at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).
Cart3D mesh around a fighter jet
12.07.16 - Design Software Shapes Future Sonic Booms
NASA's Quiet Supersonic Technology initiative and aircraft manufacturers are using the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Divsion's award-winning Cart3D software to help design quieter supersonic jets, as featured in the 2017 issue of NASA Spinoff.
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12.02.16 - NASA Mounts Booth at AGU Fall Meeting
NASA Science has a story to tell and, at AGU, you can be part of it. This year at our exhibit we will be telling stories about our Earth science, planetary science, and heliophysics endeavors via dynamic hyperwall presentations, flash talks, and hands-on demos. In addition, the booth will also feature a variety of individual stations where you can talk face-to-face with NASA subject-matter experts. We hope you join us!
Portion of HPCwire award plaque
11.15.16 - NASA Private Cloud Wins HPCwire Award at SC16
A private cloud supporting NASA Earth scientists has won a 2016 HPCwire Readers’ Choice Award at the international SC16 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The award for Best Data-Intensive System (End-User Focused) went to ADAPT—the Advanced Data Analytics Platform at the NCCS.


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