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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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01.26.15 - Applications due March 1 for 2015 University of Virginia-NASA Intensive Summer School in Computing for Environmental Sciences
This Summer School is for graduate students and advanced undergraduates interested in working with computational applications for atmospheric, ocean, climate, and other environmental sciences. It will take place May 27–June 12 followed by internships at NASA centers June 15–August 7.
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01.22.15 - Pleiades Supercomputer Performance Leaps to 5.35 Petaflops with Latest Expansion
NASA's flagship supercomputer, Pleiades, was recently expanded with 1,008 new nodes utilizing Intel Xeon E5-2680v3 (Haswell) processors. The expansion brings the total number of Pleiades’ Haswell nodes to 2,088 and increases the system's theoretical peak performance to 5.35 petaflops.
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01.14.15 - Tales from the Superbowl of Astronomy
National Geographic's coverage of the 225th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society includes a brief on the hunt for exomoons by Pleiades supercomputer user David Kipping, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Kipping searches for exomoons in data gathered by NASA's Kepler spacecraft.
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01.07.15 – NASA Observatories Take an Unprecedented Look into Superstar Eta Carinae
With the help of the Pleiades supercomputer, NASA scientists studying the binary star Eta Carinae have developed a 3D computer model using observational data collected by space telescopes over the last decade. The simulation revealed features of the star system never seen before, and helped researchers gain a better understanding of the complex interaction between the stellar winds surrounding the two stars.
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01.07.15 - Alien Earth Baking Under a Red Sun Spotted 470 Light Years Away
The Kepler Mission announces the 1,000th exoplanet discovered from data gathered by the space telescope, using the BLENDER software and the Pleiades supercomputer. Many of the planets discovered are too small to be identified by mass measurement, so Kepler scientists used Pleiades to process light curve data using statistical methods in their quest to find Earth-like planets outside of our solar system.
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12.15.14 - Modeling in the Field for GPM
The NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) recently partnered with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center modelers to support ground- and aircraft-based campaigns for the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite mission in two distinct regions of the United States.


NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Facility

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS)

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD


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