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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).

10.01.18 – New SBU Takes Effect October 1
Starting October 1, 2018, a new common Standard Billing Unit (SBU) will be used for allocating and tracking computing time usage at both the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility and the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).


Visualization of 'pulsar in a box' computer simulation
10.10.18 - ‘Pulsar in a Box’ Reveals Surprising Picture of a Neutron Star’s Surroundings
A simulation run on NASA's Discover and Pleiades supercomputers yields a more detailed understanding of the complex, high-energy environment around spinning neutron stars called pulsars.
Cross-section of diagram showing data processing
10.02.18 - Achieving Expansive Biomass Estimates with Cloud Bursting
A partnership between science, NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) high-performance computing, and private industry enabled complex computational processing of satellite images across Africa.
Visualization of Hurricane Florence wind speed
09.15.18 - The Complex Evolution of Florence’s Winds
The GEOS weather model running at the 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.


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