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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).


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02.19.19 – What Machine Learning Can Tell Us About Climate Change
A NASA study shines new light on how climate change may affect the Amazon rainforest. Machine learning expert Kamalika Das, at NASA's Ames Research Center, ran her simulations on the Pleiades supercomputer to develop her optimization-based models.
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02.19.19 - NCCS and NOAA Supercomputers Help Scientists Quantify the Components of Land Water Evaporation
Using NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) supercomputers, NASA scientists ran multi-decade land surface model simulations to investigate uncertainties in quantifying the components of terrestrial evaporation (ET)—a key factor in determining how much water is available on land for agriculture.
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02.05.19 - NCCS and NAS Enable ‘Pulsar in a Box’ Simulations
NCCS and NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Facility supercomputers enabled groundbreaking simulations of spinning neutron stars—called pulsars—that trace the paths of charged particles in magnetic and electric fields surrounding the stars.
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01.31.19 - NAS Innovations Highlighted in NASA Tech Briefs
NAS Division researcher Patricia Ventura Diaz' stunning visualization of a concept air taxi graced the cover of the January 2019 issue of Tech Briefs NASA is studying Urban Air Mobibility (UAM) vehicles for revolutionizing human air transportation. Also featured in this issue: NAS aerospace engineer Stuart Rogers' Pegausus 5 software transforms how commercial jetliners are built.
Visualization of a general-relativistic collisionless plasma simulation showing the density of positrons near the event horizon of a rotating black hole
01.24.19 - How to Escape a Black Hole: Simulations Provide New Clues to What’s Driving Powerful Plasma Jets
New simulations led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of California, Berkeley researchers combine decades-old theories to provide new insight about the driving mechanisms in plasma jets that allow them to steal energy from black holes’ powerful gravitational fields and propel it far from their gaping mouths. The simulations ran at the NAS Division.
Visualization of solar flare model
01.14.19 - Solar Flares: From Emergence to Eruption
A team of scientists has, for the first time, used a single, cohesive computer model to simulate the entire life cycle of a solar flare. The model ran on supercomputers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the NASA Advanced NAS Division.


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