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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).

08.20.15 - ARMD and SMD Time Requests Due Sept. 20
The Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) and Science Mission Directorate (SMD) will select from requests submitted to the eBooks online system by September 20 for 1-year allocation awards beginning November 1. Any current projects set to expire on October 31 must have a request in eBooks to be considered for renewal.


6.25-km simulation of Hurricane Katrina
08.21.15 - Since Katrina: NASA Advances Storm Models, Science
NASA Global Modeling and Assimilation Office scientists are simulating hurricanes and improving our understanding of hurricane behavior using computer models run at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).
Image of polar ice
08.03.15 - "Snowball Earth" Might Have Been Slushy
To better understand factors affecting the range of habitable conditions of exoplanets, Goddard Institute for Space Studies climate modelers go back in time to simulate the "Snowball Earth" conditions of 720 to 635 million years ago and find that complete freeze-over is hard to achieve.
Visualization of flight tracks over the United States
07.28.15 - New Animation Shows Millions of Earth Observations for Forecasting
More than 5 million observations accumulate every 6 hours to drive weather forecasts run by NASA’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office at the NCCS.
Photograph of the extreme dust deposition from the deserts of the Colorado Plateau onto the Colorado Rockies snowpack
07.21.15 - Scientists Link Earlier Melting of Snow to Dark Aerosols
NASA researchers ran a climate model at the NCCS to examine how light-absorbing aerosols can darken snow and accelerate melting.
Photo of Pleiades supercomputer
07.17.15 - Pleiades is Now 6th Most Powerful Supercomputer in the U.S.
The computing power of Pleiades, NASA's foremost supercomputer, jumped nearly 21 percent after a series of upgrades.


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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