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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).


Visualization of smoke from Arctic fires
09.20.19 – GMAO Science Snapshot: Impacts of 2019 Boreal Forest Fires on Atmospheric Pollution
Using the NASA/Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) numerical model GEOS and the observation-based QFED, fire emissions and transport from 2019 northern hemisphere summer Boreal fires have been analyzed and are compared with previous years. GEOS runs at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).
High-resolution view of the Moon’s topography from the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
09.13.19 - Scientists Simulate Ancient Lunar Atmosphere at NCCS
Using NCCS computing resources, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), Columbia University, University of Colorado, and NASA Langley Research Center scientists simulated an ancient lunar atmosphere that could have brought substantial amounts of water to the Moon’s poles.
Visualization of Hurricane Dorian rainfall and winds
09.05.19 - A Devastating Stall by Hurricane Dorian
As shown by satellite and model data, a remarkable slowdown led to a prolonged lashing from winds, waves, and rain that devastated Grand Bahama Island. Data sources include NASA's GEOS-5 model running at the NCCS.
Hackweek participants at work
08.23.19 – Hacking ICESat-2: How an Open Science Workshop Helped Scientists Wrangle Big Data
Planned for a year by 20 scientists from organizations including NASA Goddard, the University of Washington (UW), and the National Snow and Ice Data Center, the ICESat-2 Hackweek took place at UW in Seattle June 17–21, 2019. The event resulted in more scientists being interested in, and better able to take advantage of, ADAPT science cloud resources from the NCCS.
Photo of modular computing environment housing the Aitken supercomputer i
08.22.19 - New Modular Facility Opens at NASA's Ames Research Center
The energy-efficient facility houses NASA’s newest supercomputer, named Aitken, to help solve the agency’s most challenging science and engineering problems.
Visualization of atmospheric conditions during a significant melt event on the Greenland Ice Sheet
08.20.19 - GMAO Science Snapshot: Historic Greenland Ice Melt Event Follows European Heatwave
The NASA Goddard Earth Observing System Forward Processing (GEOS-FP) system, which runs at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS), captured the formation of a massive high-pressure dome over much of Europe and the advection of desert air from Northern Africa starting on July 22, 2019. GEOS=FP is an effort of the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO).


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