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NASA CENTER FOR CLIMATE SIMULATION (NCCS) OVERVIEW

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NASA Center for Climate Simulation, Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Greenbelt, Maryland. Photo by GSFC/Pat Izzo.

Debuting in spring 2010, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) is the new name for a Goddard Space Flight Center organization that has provided supercomputing resources to NASA scientists and engineers for over 25 years.

NCCS offers an integrated set of supercomputing, visualization, and data interaction technologies to enhance agency capabilities in weather and climate prediction. It serves hundreds of users at Goddard, other NASA centers, laboratories, and universities across the U.S.

The NCCS centerpiece is the Discover supercomputer, which links thousands of Intel Xeon processors to perform nearly 2 petalops (2,000 trillion floating-point operations per second). Discover-hosted simulations span time scales from days (weather prediction) to seasons and years (short-term climate prediction) to decades and centuries (climate change projection).

In addition to a powerful supercomputer, NCCS supports users with a massive data archive, a new data management system, expanded data analysis and visualization capabilities
featuring a 20-foot by 6-foot 10-inch multi-screen visualization wall, and services for distributing simulation data to users and the broader climate research community.

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