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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).


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.
Cross-section from visuaization of MERRA-2 ozone trend 1998–2016
05.29.18 – Recent Decline in Lower Stratospheric Ozone Attributed to Circulation Changes
Studies with the MERRA-2 reanalysis show that transport changes between 1998 and 2016 most likely caused ozone in the extratropical lower stratosphere to decline. MERRA-2 runs at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).
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05.02.18 - Creating a Computing Center That Can Solve Science’s Most Complex Problems
Fueled by over 2 megawatts of power and cutting-edge equipment from the NCCS, the Virginia Tech Biocomplexity Institute's new data center is ready to help collaborators address issues ranging from disasters to disease outbreaks.
Visualization of proton energy flux to the surface of the Moon
04.26.18 – Lunar Swirl Features Reproduced by Modeling Solar Wind Standoff
Researchers at the Institute for Modeling Plasma, Atmospheres and Cosmic Dust (IMPACT) at the University of Colorado Boulder, used NASA's Pleiades supercomputer to develop the first 3D simulations to disentangle the movement of ions and electrons as the solar wind interacts with lunar magnetic anomalies.
Visualization of stratospheric intrusion
04.26.18 - Stratospheric Intrusion-Influenced Ozone Air Quality Exceedances Investigated in the NASA MERRA-2 Reanalysis
NASA's MERRA-2 Reanalysis is an ideal candidate for the scientific studies of stratospheric intrusions since it is such a high-resolution global dataset and also assimilates both ozone and meteorological observations. MERRA-2 runs at the NCCS.
3D visualization of sea surface temperature and ocean currents during El Niño
04.16.18 – Tracking El Niño
NASA Goddard's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) combined satellite observations with model data to recreate the 2015-2016 El Niño in 3D. The GMAO computed the synthesis at the NCCS.


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