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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).

04.27.16 - Allocation Period Start Date for All Organizations Changing to November 1
Starting November 1, 2016, the allocation period for all organizations will be November 1–October 31 each year. In order to transition to the November award cycle, all allocations for the May 2016 award cycle will be for only 6 months (ending October 31, 2016), instead of for one year.


Illustration of Venus with water oceans and storm clouds
08.11.16 - NASA Climate Modeling Suggests Venus May Have Been Habitable
Venus may have had a shallow liquid-water ocean and habitable surface temperatures for up to 2 billion years of its early history, per a study run at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).
Visualization of GEOS-5 model forecast of fire pollution plume evolution
08.10.16 - Forecasting the Ft. McMurray Fire in GEOS-5
Leveraging the NASA GEOS-5 model's unique capability to forecast aerosol and trace gas pollution along with weather in near real-time, Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) scientists are predicting the evolution of fire pollution plumes.
Photo of forest fire in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
08.01.16 - Severe 2015 Indonesian Fire Season Linked to El Niño Drought
An especially dry period from July to October in Indonesia, a result of the 2015-16 El Niño, contributed to a severe fire season and significant carbon and pollution emissions.
Photo of Discover supercomputer Scalable Compute Unit 13
07.26.16 - Supercomputer Upgrades to Give Scientists Ability to Improve Forecasting
The NCCS Discover supercomputer got an upgrade that will allow NASA Earth scientists to increase the resolution and capabilities of their models for more accurate predictions.
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07.21.16 - Counting Trees and Shrubs in the Sub-Sahara Using Cloud Computing—Part 1
Leveraging NCCS and commercial cloud technologies, scientists are calculating vegetation biomass and stored carbon within a coast-to-coast swath of Africa.
Solar active region as seen by the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory.
07.13.16 – Slow Appearance of Sunspots Challenges Theory
Comparing data from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory with computer simulations run at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division, scientists find that sunspots rise to the surface much more slowly than predicted.


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