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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).


Photo of kiosk and hyperwall with people
08.02.18 - Kiosk and Hyperwall Debut at 2018 Science Jamboree
Among the exhibits filling the atrium at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center event was the new, permanent installation of an interactive kiosk and hyperwall displaying scientific visualizations and other content. The exhibit is a collaboration between the NASA Center Climate for Simulation (NCCS) and the Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS).
Section of graph showing the impact of assimilating GRACE and SMOS data on the skill of a hydrological model
07.13.18 - Joint Assimilation of SMOS Brightness Temperature and GRACE Terrestrial Water Storage Observations
Using the NCCS, Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) researchers assimilated multi-resolution, multi-sensor satellite observations with the aim of improving model estimates of the vertical soil moisture profile.
Cross-section of aerosols forecast for SOCRATES field campaign
07.10.18 - GMAO and NCCS Support Winter–Spring 2018 Field Campaigns
From studying Earth to contributing to a future Mars mission, Winter–Spring 2018 field campaigns benefitted from forecast support by the GMAO and the NCCS.
Image from simulation of an airburst generated by a meteoroid
06.29.18 - Scientists Use Supercomputers to Predict Asteroid Damage on Earth
Simulations of hypothetical impact scenarios run on the Pleiades supercomputer help calculate risks and assess possible damage that might occur when asteroids enter Earth's atmosphere.
Animation of disk simulation
06.28.18 – No Planets Needed: NCCS-Hosted Simulations Show Disk Patterns Can Self-Generate
Astrophysicists used the NCCS Discover supercomputer to simulate gas-dust interactions in disks (debris and transitional) around young stars.
Artist’s impression of protoplanets forming around a young star
06.13.18 – New and Improved Way to Find Baby Planets
New work from an international team of astronomers used archival radio telescope data to develop a new method for finding very young extrasolar planets. The research leveraged computing resources at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division.


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