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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.


Visualizations of global carbon and climate interactions
06.17.16 - GEOS-5 Science Snapshots (Updated)
NASA's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office has made advances with its Goddard Earth Observing System Model Version 5 (GEOS-5) as varied as studying warming in the stratosphere and Arctic and creating a Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Level 4 product for studying global carbon, all using the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).
Photo of the Spectra Logic mass storage system
06.01.16 – Pleiades Supercomputer Tops Six Petaflops, Long-Term Storage Capacity Tripled
As part of recent expansion work at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division, the agency's flagship supercomputer, Pleiades, received a boost in computing power with the installation of the latest generation of Intel Xeon processors, increasing the system's theoretical peak performance to over six petaflops. Additionally, new tape hardware was added to the facility's long-term mass storage system, tripling the data storage capacity.
Visualization of Hurricane Katrina simulation
05.25.16 - NASA Scientists Explain the Art of Creating Digital Hurricanes
At NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center a team of scientists spends its days incorporating millions of atmospheric observations, sophisticated graphic tools and lines of computer code to create computer models simulating the weather and climate conditions responsible for hurricanes.
Photo of farm field being fertilized
05.16.16 - Farms Act as Major Source of Air Pollution
New NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies research shows that emissions from farms outweigh all other human sources of fine-particulate air pollution in much of the United States, Europe, Russia and China.
Visualization of gravitational waves emitted by two black holes as they spiral together and merge
04.18.16 – NASA's Fermi Telescope Poised to Pin Down Gravitational Wave Sources
A fascinating video developed by NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division visualization experts shows gravitational waves emitted by two black holes as they spiral together and merge. Goddard Space Flight Center scientists used the NAS Pleiades supercomputer to simulate the first-ever detection of gravitational waves, announced on February 11 by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).
Visualization of a contra-rotating, open-rotor simulation created using the Launch Ascent and Vehicle Aerodynamics (LAVA) software framework
04.12.16 - Tooling Up for Cleaner Skies, Quieter Aircraft
High-performance computers and simulation tools are key to helping NASA and industry design new propulsion systems that will result in cleaner, quieter aircraft.


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


NCCS Portals
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