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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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01.19.21 - 2020 HEC Needs Assessment Report Now Available
The NASA High-End Comuting (HEC) Needs Assessment report documents the HEC users’ needs raised during a virtual workshop that took place June 1–19, 2020 in terms of computing capacity, technology, services, human resources, and programmatic. The HEC Program will use the information to develop future investment and program implementation strategies.


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01.19.22 - NCCS and Partners Presenting in the Virtual 2022 American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting
Researchers from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) and Earth Sciences Division (ESD) and a variety of academic and research partner organizations are presenting in the 102nd American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting, being held virtually 23–27 January 2022.
Split vortex after a major stratospheric warming in January
01.09.22 - The Many Faces of the Stratosphere
The stratospheric flow patterns on a global scale can sometimes resemble faces. NASA’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office presents four examples that they have encountered in the stratosphere while examining EPV (Ertel Potential Vorticity) fields from the MERRA-2 reanalysis run at the NCCS.
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12.30.21 - 2021: A Year of Science in Review
The NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) looks back at a dozen stories from 2021 highlighting research supported by NASA and the supercomputing, cloud computing, analytics, data sharing, visualization, and climate data systems and services of NCCS.
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12.29.21 - What Computers Do NASA, SpaceX And Blue Origin Use?
This look at the technology used in space exploration features NASA’s Pleiades supercomputer—along with the compute environment at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility—and provides some history describing the NAS Division’s leadership in high-performance computing.
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12.22.21 - Putting a Bow on it: The NAS Division Wraps Up the Year with SC21
This past November marked NASA’s 33rd consecutive year of participation in the International Conference for High-Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis. To wrap up the NAS Division’s valuable contributions to agency programs, here are 18 research projects led by NAS Division staff and featured at SC21—plus, some extra free goodies you can unwrap year-round!
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12.21.21 - 2021 in Review: Highlights from NASA in Silicon Valley
The NAS Division’s amazing modeling and simulation projects impacting the validation of new exoplanets, safety of launch abort systems for Artemis, and the design of urban air taxis—all enabled by our supercomputers and expertise—are among 13 key efforts highlighted in NASA’s Ames 2021 review.


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