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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).


Visualization of Hurricane Florence wind speed
09.15.18 - The Complex Evolution of Florence’s Winds
The GEOS weather model running at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) captured the storm’s wind field between September 1 and September 14, 2018.
Artist's impression of the view from Proxima Centauri b
09.12.18 - The Closest Exoplanet to Earth Could Be 'Highly Habitable'
Running a NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) computer model at the NCCS, researchers have found that Proxima Centauri b can sustain enormous areas of liquid water on its surface, potentially raising its prospects for harboring living organisms.
Image from simulation of a Chelyabinsk-ike asteroid
09.04.18 – NASA Leverages HPC for Asteroid Defense
NASA has been actively working to understand and mitigate the risks posed by asteroids for a decade. Much of this work currently takes place in California as part of the Asteroid Threat Assessment Project (ATAP) at NASA Ames, using the Pleiades supercomputer.
Visualization of GEOS FP analysis of total precipitable water over the Mid-Atlantic region
08.31.18 - NASA Model Forecasts Mid-Atlantic Local Area Flooding, July 21-25, 2018
In accord with other 5- to 10-day forecasts, NASA’s GEOS Forward Processing (FP) system indicated a mid-level height anomaly pattern analogous with those of prior notable long-duration and major Middle Atlantic rainfall events. GEOS FP runs four times per day at the NCCS.
Cross-section of World map showing reduction in annual premature deaths
08.28.18 - NCCS-Hosted Simulations Show Health Benefits from Accelerating Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reductions
Using NCCS resources, Duke University and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies researchers examined the human health benefits of increasing 21st century carbon dioxide reductions by 180 gigatons of carbon.
Model of solar corona during eclipse
08.27.18 - How Scientists Predicted Corona’s Appearance During Aug. 21, 2017, Total Solar Eclipse
Predictive Science researchers used data from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory to develop a corona model that they ran on supercomputers including the Pleiades supercomputer at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility.


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