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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).


Animated GIF of simulation that shows how dust and gas in a circumstellar disk could form patterns without planets.
01.11.18 – No Planets Needed: NASA Study Shows Disk Patterns Can Self-Generate
A new NASA study shows rings, arcs and spirals in disks around stars may not be caused by planets. They may self-generate, per simulations run on the Discover supercomputing cluster at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).
Visualization of the Milky Way galaxy center
01.11.18 – Galactic Center: Scientists Take Viewers to the Center of the Milky Way
Astrophysicists have created an immersive 360-degree visualization of the center of the Milky Way galaxy using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. Hydrodynamic simulations and visualization computations were run on the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility's Pleiades supercomputer.
Visualization of the flow of NASA's modified design of a complete DJI Panthom 3 quadcopter configuration in hover
01.10.18 - A Hybrid Quadcopter for Longer Flights, Quieter Skies
High-fidelity simulations run on NASA's Pleiades supercomputer are helping aeronautics engineers discover ways to make multi-rotor drones fly longer and quieter.
Visualization of forecast ash cloud from the eruption of the Mt. Agung volcano
12.21.17 – Science Snapshot: Forecasting the Mt. Agung Ash Cloud Using GEOS
The Goddard Earth Observing System (GEOS) model combined with data from NASA's Earth observing satellites and best effort estimates of ash and sulfur dioxide emissions from the recent eruption of Mt. Agung on the island of Bali, Indonesia. GEOS runs daily at the NCCS.
Visualization of black holes merging
12.14.17 - NAS Supports Research Leading to Nobel Prize Work in the Discovery of Gravitational Waves
NAS Division experts created beautiful visualizations and provided resources to support NASA research that solved a longstanding problem: how to produce full simulations of orbiting and merging black holes. In his December 8 Nobel Lecture, Kip S. Thorne, co-winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for the development of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) and the 2016 detection of gravitational waves, acknowledged the ground-breaking work that led to these simulations, which helped researchers determine what gravitational radiation signals would look like.


NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Facility

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

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